Christmas and New Years

It was a great end of the year with lots of familiar faces and good fishing, even when the weather didn't cooperate. Offshore fishing has been hit and miss, with more tunas than anything else lately. The reef has been good for yellowtail snappers if the offshore bite slows.  On the windier days, we've been doing more inshore channel fishing, which has been consistently good.  Lots of keeper sized muttons and yellowtail snappers, jewfish, sharks, jacks, and assorted other species.  I did 2 inshore trips with the Balsamo family this week, we stayed close on the first trip and caught a bunch of mutton snappers and a big blacktip shark. The second day we went for variety out at the marquesas and had tons of action with snappers, jacks, grouper, and some big sharks.  We had numerous nurse sharks and a big bull shark around 200lbs.  Charles Jr. fought the fish while I chased it around the lobster traps with the boat.  After about a 45 minute fight, we got the leader and let her go.  Big thanks to everyone that came down to fish with me this year!  Looking foreward to next year!  

Riding out with the Littens.

Tunas, dolphin and amberjack

Mutton snappers close to home

Steve fighting a big mutton

The Balsamo family with a mixed bag on their second day of fishing

A few tunas and nice yellowtails on the reef

Sometimes the sharks take their share

Susan with a nice mutton

Cathy with a nice yellowtail on a beautiful day 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week has been windy (again) but the fish didn't seem to mind.  I had some great trips with the Matts, and Burys. Offshore fishing has been slower, but the reef fishing has been good.  The yellowtail snappers seem to like the wind and waves, and the inshore fishing has also been decent. We had good action this morning on the reef with yellowtail and mangrove snapper, a 40 lb amberjack on 15lb test, and a big hammerhead.   If you're looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977.  Happy Thanksgiving!   Capt. Taylor

Fall Bottom Fishing

As the weather cools off  in Key West, bottom fishing can really turn on.  I fished the reef yesterday morning and had good action with yellowtails with Brian Hormel and his group from Naples.  We came in for lunch and spent the afternoon in the back country  where the mutton snappers, sharks and groupers kept us busy.  The guys had a pile of fish to take home and loved catching the big snappers on light tackle.  All in all a great day!  If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

June 7

    Tropical storm Colin swept by us yesterday bringing some rain and gusty wind.  I think we fared better than most of florida.  We still have  some wind out of the southwest, but not as bad as predicted.  I think only one boat went out offshore yesterday morning before the squall came through.  They caught a blackfn tuna and some bonitos before coming home.  

    The last few weeks have been pretty good on the Sea Change.  We've had some dolphin, tuna, and plenty of bonitas offshore.  Most of the dolphin have been small, but there are some bigger fish mixed in.  The blackfin tunas are averaging anywhere from 5-15 lbs. The reef has been spotty with snappers and groupers. There wasn't much current to the west before this storm came through but i'm sure that will change. Fishing the patch reefs and channels has been good for grouper and snapper.  Tarpon fishing has been decent, with lots of fish on the gulf and atlantic sides of the island.  The sharks are mixed in with them and we've caught a few  bull and lemon sharks while tarpon fishing.  All in all a pretty good month!  Once the remnants of Colin clear out, I think June will be a great month.  If you are coming down and want to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

April 30

     Fishing has been good the last week of April with the Tarpon bite kicking into high gear yesterday.  The mass of fish in the harbor finally decided to start eating. It has been difficult to get bites the last few weeks as the school was settling in, but they are finally ready to feed. Offshore fishing has been pretty steady with dolphin, with the majority of the fish being caught a good distance from home.  The gulf stream has been 18-20 miles offshore, and the fish are a little further that that. There have been some sails and tunas mixed in also. The reef has been great with lots of nice yellowtail and mangrove snappers, and the occasional mutton;    There is good current and dirty water which makes bottom fishing productive. The permit spawn is happening now. This is a great time to catch one if you never have.   Also the South Atlantic Grouper season starts tomorrow.  It really is the best time of year for fishing right now with so much going on. The weather has been good with some wind to keep the temperatures down.  The forecast is steady at 10-20 from the southeast for the next few days with little chance of rain.   If you would like to get out fishing, give me a call at 305-923-6977.  I had a group cancel this week due to family illness, so I have openings.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

April 10

The weather this past week started out windy. I had a few trips with the Connelly and Walker families that produced some nice snappers, amberjacks, and assorted bottom fish. On Friday the winds dropped and I took Dan Whitney and his wife out for a 6 hour trip.  It was a flat calm beautiful day and we managed to put some nice fish in the boat.  We caught an amberjack, big barracuda, a nice mutton, and assorted mackerels and kings drifting live baits and anchored in the deeper water.  Offshore fishing has slowed down with the blue water pushed offshore.  Many of the boats out looking for dolphin and sails were heading back to the reef to get a bite.  I only heard of  a few boats out of the  fleet that caught fish offshore. Hopefully this wind shift will bring in a new batch of pelagic fish.  It's blowing pretty strong right now with winds out of the ENE at 15-20 kts. Not as bad as the 20-30 predicted a few days ago, but a little bouncy out there.  It looks like the winds should die off on Tuesday.  The tarpon bite is getting better with the warmer weather also.  It seems the last few  fronts haven't changed the water or air  temps significantly, and the tarpon like warm sunny days.  I'm currently getting my electronics updated on the boat, which has been keeping me busy with wiring diagrams, nema connections and adapter cables. It's hair pulling fun, but needed to get done.  I probably removed 40lbs of weight between the old depth sounder and gps units, wires, and antennas.Im currently using my  trusty standard horizon gps, until the new garmin  arrives tomorrow!  SeaChange will be ready to roll!  If you would like to reserve a trip I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

March fishing

It's been a windy week so far, but we should see some relief soon. 20-30kt winds all week have kept most of the boats in. Last week we had some nice days, and I did a few tortugas trips with a friend commercial fishing.  Hopefully the calm weather will return and we can get back out there. Offshore fishing has been slow, with only a couple sails, tunas and dolphin caught.  The afternoon bite for the tunas has been good when the weather cooperates.  Inshore and reef fishing has been good with yellowtail,  assorted mackerels, sharks, jacks, etc.  The gulf has also been good for snapper, kings, cobia, and sharks.  I have some openings in my schedule and am looking to fill a split charter on Friday the 18. It's a half day trip, cost is 300 for up to 2 people.  The weather looks beautiful next week with 5-10kt winds and little to no rain.  Call me at 305-923-6977 to schedule a trip!  Thanks,  Capt. Taylor

February fishing report

     We've had a lot of changing conditions and winds lately.  The gulf stream has moved back offshore, and the north winds started blowing again today.  I fished the last few days out in the gulf, where we had nice weather with the strong south winds.  It was maybe 1 to 2 feet and the water looked good.  We caught a few cobias, lanes, muttons, yellowtails, and mangrove snappers.  Had another large kingfish on yesterday, but pulled the hook.  I don't think he was as big as the 68 pounder from a few weeks ago, but it was a solid 40-50lb fish.  The cobias have been in the 20-40lb range.  The tarpons started biting in the harbor with the warmer weather the last week,  but this north wind may shut that down.  I heard of a few of the boats caught 5 or 6 fish, so that's a good start to the season.  Offshore has been hit and miss, with some kingfish, a few dolphin, and a few sails around.  Hopefully this wind will blow itself out quickly.  It's supposed to be a nice weekend with 10-15 knot winds from the north northeast.  I have some open spots  if you're looking to get out there.  I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  Here are a few pics from the Christiansen  family from Tuesday.   

Nice cobia on the Ultralight!

Nice cobia on the Ultralight!

Happy New Year!

     We have started the new year off in Key West with mixed weather, and good fishing.  The offshore fishing has been hit and miss, with a few dolphin and tunas around. The edge of the gulfstream is close and the water looks great.  Yesterday we saw multiple sailfish on or inside the reef chasing ballyhoo, but couldn't get one interested in our live baits.  It's hard to get them to come off of the bait they're keyed onto to take one on the hook. The Blackfin tunas have been biting later in the day, and in good numbers.  Bottom fishing has been good on the reef, inside on patch reefs, and in the channels.  Lots of snappers, groupers and sharks around to bend rods and make people smile.  The weather was beautiful yesterday, but rainy and windy today.  Hopefully it will be better tomorrow for the Mischke family.  They fished with me Monday in 25-30 knot wind, and had great action in the channels west of Key West with snappers, jacks and some big sharks.  Hope everyone has a good year and can come fishing!  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

December 12, 2015

Awseome day this week with the Littens.  We caught over 100 fish, snappers, groupers, sharks, jacks, a 40lb cobia and 40+lb king. Way to go guys!  Last week the offshore fishing was a little rough, so we stuck to the inside patch reefs and had great results.  The weather is improving, and we aren't supposed to have another front until the end of next week.  There are still some dolphin offshore, a few sailfish, and some tunas.  Call 305-923-6977 to set up a trip!  Thanks,Taylor

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Sailfishing charters in Key West, Florida

  As the weather continues to cool, schools of bait fish head south into the keys.  This time of year live bait fishing on the reef or just outside the reef edge can produce fantastic action for sailfish, dolphin, snapper, grouper, and assorted mackerels.  There have been quite a few sails caught this week.  The best way to fish for them is to drift live baits along the outside reef edge, anywhere from 60 to 200 feet of water.  While having flat lined baits out on the windward side of the boat, the kite is put out on the leeward side to dangle a few more baits without having lines and leader in the water.  Also if the conditions are right, I will put a few baits down deep.  One drifting near the bottom, and one about halfway down.  This covers the entire water column so that any passing fish will see at least one bait.  It's a good idea to also have a couple of spinning rods ready to throw additional live baits out quickly if we get cut off by a passing hammerhead or school of mackerel.  It's been a windy month by far, but conditions are changing  for the better!   Thanks, Capt. Taylor

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Fall fishing is starting to show

It's still hot in Key West, but there is a noticeable change in the morning air.  A little less humidity makes it seem a little cooler.  It's a good sign that things are starting to change.  There have been more blackfin tunas being caught the last few days.  The tricky schools of small sailfish have also started to show. On the reef edge there has been a mix of snapper, mackerel, and the occasional dolphin swimming into the chum line. There has been a nice westerly current, very clear water conditions, and a light breeze. Winds are supposed to pick up this weekend,  and I can't wait to get some kites in the air.  Fall fishing can be fantastic the next few months.  Wahoo, sailfish, dolphin  and tuna will start to show up in better numbers closer to home.  If you're heading down this fall, give me a call at 305-923-6977 to schedule a trip.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

Wahoo  caught on live bait

Wahoo  caught on live bait

Offshore half day

On Wednesday afternoon I did a quick half day of fishing offshore.  We ran out to around 700ft where we saw some frigates working, and started catching dophin.  We managed to catch around a dozen keeper fish in the 5-15 pound range and let the rest go.  There was a nice weedline full of structure holding lots of fish.  Whenever we got close to a crate, rope ball, or piece of plastic in the line,  all of our baits would get attacked by either dolphin or various small jacks.  It was a little breezy out there making the seas in the 3-5ft range.  All in all a nice half day.