End of March fishing report

The wind has returned to Key West and a lot of boats are stuck to the dock.  People are always hesitant when we have these gusty conditions.  It should get much better by Friday this week.  The sailfish have been consistent when we can get out there.  I did a tv show shoot with Capt. Mike Weinhoffer and Capt. Rob Fordyce with "The Seahunter" Monday afternoon.  The guys had a nice afternoon going 3 for 5 on sails. The sharks and bonitas ate up a bunch of baits also.  Inshore we have had good action with snappers, groupers, and a few hammerhead sharks.  The tarpon bite is also good when the wind comes down.  If you would like to get out on the water, I have some spots available.  Call me at 305-923-6977  Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams

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March trips and the beginning of April

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

Fall Sailfish

   Here's a nice sized fall sailfish caught  and released by Bill and Jackson Visciano Tuesday on board the Reef Runner.  I was running the boat for Capt. Anthony while he was up in Georgia hunting (LUCKY).  We had a nice half day with one out of two sailfish raised, a bunch of bonitas and a few cudas.  It was still rough offshore, but today seems to be better. Hopefully the trend will continue into the weekend.  The sails this time of year are generally smaller than the spring fish, but can come in bunches or wolfpacks as we call them.  They fight really well and always put on a show.

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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