It has been mostly tunas for me offshore, but other boats have also done well with wahoos and dolphin. I haven’t been offshore the last few trips as the winds and seas have been substantial. Hawk channel has provided steady action with snappers, groupers and sharks. Hopefully the winds will subside this week and we can get back out to the blue water. If you’re looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams
It’s been a busy few weeks in Key West with fishing and the holidays. We also had our first real cold front this week. Fishing has been decent offshore with a few tunas, wahoos and sailfish around, but slower the last few days with the front. I did some patch reef fishing with the guys from Leviton, and we kept busy with snappers, groupers, sharks, jacks, and a bunch of miscellaneous fishes. If you are looking to get out over the coming holidays, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
The last few days have been great for blackfin and skipjack tunas off Key West. I took The Luhns fishing on their honeymoon trip and they caught a load of tuna to take home. They also caught jacks and one dolphin to go with their tuna haul. It was a little bouncy as the day went on but they really did a good job casting at fish and keeping them tight. They had 7 ziplock bags to ship home at the end of the trip which is always a plus! If you’re looking to get out I can be reached at (305)923-6977. Capt. Taylor
Happy Halloween! The weather has finally cooled off a bit in Key West and the kids are all dressed up for trick or treating and school parties today. Ayla is going to be Poppy the troll. I’ve been out fishing a few times this past week, with people mainly interested in something big. Offshore has been slow, with a few tunas around but not many dolphin. The reef has been good for yellowtail snappers and sharks. The fishing should start to improve with the cooler weather and abundance of bait on the reef. The first picture is a group I took from Sweden who were taking turns fighting a big lemon shark in the 8-10ft range. We chased the shark around for at least an hour, and got it to the surface a couple times. It wore those guys out! The inshore fishing has also been consistent with the incoming tide. Yesterday I took a short 3 hour trip and had yellowtails, muttons, some small groupers, and plenty of sharks. If you’re looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
Tarpon trips are getting more active in Key West. We found some hungry fish this week and put a few in the air. Offshore our current has gone away but the blue water has pushed in over the reef. We still have a few sailfish around but not the big numbers we had. I had a great day offshore Thursday live baiting with Shawn Fitzpatrick. At first all we could find was bonitas, but we scored big with a nice wahoo around 40 lbs on a deep wreck. There were big schools of amberjacks and we could see sharks following the boat, but Shawn wanted no part of them. We moved shallower and finally found some blackfin tunas in the 20-30 lb range. The first few were eaten by sharks, so we had to switch the 20lb mono rigs to heavier 40lb braid to try to get them in quick. We got set up and it was game on. We put a few in the box and made our way back home. I did a bottom fishing trip yesterday since the breeze picked up and I had kids on board. We had decent action with mutton, mangrove, yellowtail snappers and sharks. If you're looking to get out fishing I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Just wrapping up a few things in the boatyard today and we'll be back in action. Fresh bottom paint, wax, zincs, oil and filter changes. One small leaky trim line to do and she'll be complete. Fishing continues to be good while I'm spotted with bottom paint. There have been more tunas offshore the last couple days. The reef and inshore bottom fishing continue to be productive as well. If you are looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
The reef continues to be excellent in Key West! Lots of big yellowtail snappers are biting with an occasional grouper, mutton, grey, and a multitude of sharks. Offshore has been slower, but a few wahoos have started to show up. Key West is still not as busy as usual, and the keys are still in the process of cleaning up and rebuilding. We need as many visitors as possible this season, so come on down! The weather has been great and hotel prices are as low as I've ever seen. The water is starting to clean up nicely for diving as well. If you would like to reserve a day, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
It's been over a month since hurricane Irma came through the keys. We were very lucky in Key West, only having a few houses damaged by falling trees and wind. People a little further up the road, mainly from big coppit key to marathon fared much worse. Some are still sleeping in tents in their yards, trying to figure out what to do. My family and I evacuated and made it home safely. Our yard and most of the town was a mess, but a few weeks of chainsaw noise cleared it up quickly. Key West is open for business, and Fantasy Fest is only 2 weeks away.
Fishing has been decent since the storm. Offshore there are some dolphin and tunas. The reef bite has been good when the tide is running. Lots of nice yellowtails and ceros around. I have mostly been commercial fishing with a friend to stay busy. No charters on the books until next month, but my boat is ready to go. I just need to replace a cup holder that blew away! If you're looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
Springtime in Key West can be windy, and this year seems to be no exception. Last month we had mostly windy and rough conditions offshore, and as of today the winds continue to blow. There are a few sailfish, cobia, tunas and dolphin being caught offshore, but it has been rough. Inshore fishing has been calmer, and the snapper bite continues to be good. The tarpon are starting to show up inshore, but the bite has been either early morning or late afternoon until sunset. We had a nice fish in the 80lb range on Wednesday and saw a few other followers. Hopefully the tarpon bite will just get better as the weather gets better! I have some openings in April and May. If you are looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
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
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
Fishing has been great on the reef line lately. I've had some great half days this week fishing close. Tuesday the Mertens caught lane, mangrove, mutton, and yellowtail snappers, jacks, cobia, and a 6-7ft hammerhead shark. Kevin Mccraw and his fiance Megan Had some nice Muttons and Mangrove snappers today. Offshore has been hit and miss with a few sailfish, tunas, dolphin and wahoo, but a lot of crying on the radio. Also took Mike from Ballast Key shopping this week, he's got a pretty nice front yard as you can see in the pics. The weather has been great this week. It looks like we're getting a front Sunday afternoon. Hope to get back out there while the fishing and weather are good! I have a few split charters available, and some open spots in my schedule. Call me at 305-923-6977 to arrange a trip. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
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.
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
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
Fishing has been great the last couple of days! The weather has been beautiful with light winds, calm seas, and clear conditions on the reef. On Friday I did a half day with a split group from Colorado and Michigan. We caught a few dolphin offshore, then headed to the reef to catch some cudas, jacks, and yellowtail. Saturday I did a 6 hour trip with Jonathan and Stephanie from Miami. It was their 2 year anniversary. We went offshore in the morning to catch some dolphin and came back inshore in the afternoon to play with the tunas and bonitas. The conditions have been perfect for running long distances and covering lots of ground. Hope to get back out there soon!
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.
After a long wait and what felt like an even longer labor, baby Ayla arrived on September 9th at 10:29 am! She came in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long. Samantha and I are ecstatic to have this wonderful baby girl in our lives. Thank you to all of the nurses, doctors, midwives and family friends who have helped us so much along the way. We couldn't have done it without you! We can't wait to take Ayla on her first boat ride! Needless to say I haven't been out on the water much lately. I did get to take some friends from Coppertail brewing out during Brewfest for a nice half day. We caught a few nice bottom fish in the deep water. The weather was perfect for drifting live baits and the fish were on them until the tide changed at around 11am. There has been some current out near the reef making the fishing more productive for yellowtail snapper,muttons and grouper. Offshore there have been a few nice weedlines producing dolphin, a mix of blackfin and skipjack tuna, and an occasional wahoo. I can't wait to get back out when we get settled in with our new baby girl!