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
We had some great trips both offshore and inshore this past week in Key West. We caught some nice blackfin tunas up to 25 pounds, bonitas, mahi mahi, and a couple of sailfish. When the winds were too strong, we stayed inshore and caught a bunch of lane, mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snappers, porgies, groupers, mackerels and sharks. The groupers have to go back until May 1st, but the snappers are plentiful right now. There are a lot of ballyhoo up on the shallow patch reefs, and they are great baits for larger snappers. Inshore the Tarpon have arrived. They have been picky with all of the dirty water in the harbor, but do bite on the outgoing tide when it warms up. We're getting another cold front today and I don't expect to be fishing for them until the temps go up and the winds come down. If you're looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977. I have some free days each week, but am filling in the gaps each day. Thanks, Capt. Taylor Williams
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
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
Offshore fishing has improved since the last front went through. There have been more sailfish, dolphin, wahoo and tuna caught this past week by the fleet than previous weeks. We have been getting some wind and rain the last couple of days, but the forecast looks like things will clear up this weekend. The tarpon fishing has also been good. There are plenty of fish in the harbor, backcountry, and atlantic side.
I've got a bit of tweaking left to do on the boat today, as I just installed a new hydraulic steering system on the boat. After finishing the electronics, I noticed the steering ram was starting to drip from a corroded fitting. Rather than patch up a 20 year old hynautic system, I went ahead and ordered a new ram, hoses and helm. There's nothing like new when it comes to equipment. Hopefully this system will last as long as the previous one did.
I have availability this coming week for private trips and also a split half day trip Tuesday the 26th of April and the 27th of May. Split trips are for up to 2 people and the cost is $300. I can be reached at 305-923-6977 or email Tay87@aol.com. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Another great four days fishing and diving with the crew from Tampa! We caught lobsters in the gulf the first few days, then switched it up and went fishing on the south side. The reef bite was on fire with mangrove snapper, sharks, cudas and jacks. We quickly filled the cooler with snappers and three big yellow jacks, then headed in to do some diving. Hawk channel was clear and we hit a few coral heads in the 15-20ft range. We found some big lobster, hogfish and also shot a nice black grouper. It was still early, so we decided to head to a Ballast Key and have a few cold ones before heading home. Big thanks to Rob and Britton for joining the crew this weekend!