I had a bunch of good trips this past week both offshore and inshore. We had nice weather all week, and caught some nice fish on each trip. Offshore the dolphin fishing has been steady, but the schools have been spread out. Most of the fish are small, but there have been a few bigger fish and billfish mixed in. There are weedlines from the reef to 30 miles out, some patches bigger than football fields. The snapper spawn is starting to happen, and they should be gathering up on the reef with the full moon. There are still some nice sized snappers in the harbor, with some tarpon schools around also. The reef has been tough for yellowtails with no current, so I've mostly been fishing the channels where we have tide movement. The weather and sea conditions have been fantastic! If you are looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
Its been rainy, windy and generally crappy down in Key West this past week. The tropical storm is out of here, but the wind and rain continue. It looks like it could clear up by the weekend and we can all start fishing again. Before the main bulk of the storm last week I had a few trips offshore and inshore. The Tarpon were more active, and the offshore fishing while rough was really good. Sailfishing was as good as it gets, and mahi were caught up to 60 lbs. We'll have to see what the conditions are like after all this rain and wind. If you are looking to get out I have days open this week and weekend. Call 305-923-6977 Thanks, Capt Taylor
It's been rainy the last few days, but we managed to get out and pull on a few fish. Sailfish, dolphin, tuna, and lots of bonitos lately. Hopefully the rain will ease up for the coming week. Offshore fishing has been improving, but it has been rough once you get into the current around 600-700 feet. There have been some big dolphin caught up to 60 lbs lately, but it's been a roller coaster. Inshore the reef fishing has been slow with little to no current out front. Tarpon fishing has been slow with the fish under a lot of pressure. Too many boats and bull sharks are keeping them moving and finicky. We have managed to hook a few lately when we find a school away from the constant bay boat assault. Call me at 305-923-6977 to reserve a day. Thanks, Capt Taylor
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
We've had a late cold front come down this past weekend dropping the temperatures into the low 70s and the winds continue from the north at 15-20 today. We had some great days this past week catching tunas, sailfish, and a few dolphin out front, while the gulf was good also with big kingfish up to 45 lbs, snappers, groupers, jacks, barracudas, and a handful of sharks. The tarpon fishing was good until the winds picked up again. It should get better this week as the winds shift back around and come down. The color change out front is beautiful and full of bait. The moon has just passed full, and fishing should steadily get better this week. If you're looking to get out fishing this month, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor Williams
We've had our first few cold fronts in Key West, keeping the temps down a few degrees. There are still some tunas and dolphin offshore with an occasional sailfish. The reef has been excellent when the current is moving. We've had some days with a mixed bag of yellowtail, mackerels, tunas, and an occasional shark if someone wants to pull on something big. We had a shark steal a big yellowtail on a lure, only the shark got greedy. A while later we dropped a live ballyhoo down for a big grey snapper, only to have him get grabbed also. The shark finally let him go and when we got the fish to the boat, the lure we had lost earlier was stuck to the side of the snapper! If you would like to get out fishing, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. 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
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