The fishing continues to be good in Key West. The reef has been the place to be with mutton, grey and yellowtail snappers, mackerels, groupers, sharks, jacks, and an occasional sailfish or tuna. The offshore fishing has been a little better this week, but the boats doing well are going quite far to the west. Inshore fishing has been good also with bottom fish and a few big kingfish mixed in. We nabbed this 40+ pounder in a channel this week close to home. If you are looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks and Happy New Year! Capt Taylor
Its was a very busy month in Key West. I had a lot of good trips with great customers. Dan and Michelle came back and had a great day, catching a huge sailfish on the reef, a mutton snapper for dinner, and various other snappers and groupers we released. These guys always bring the good luck. The Marshfields also got a sail on the reef with me last weekend. Dave and Jess Hepler came down for 3 days of fishing and tore it up. We caught some big tunas, snappers, jacks, mackerels, battled the sharks, and a few exotic species we have down here. They left my house this morning stuffing their suitcases with frozen tuna slabs! I love having these guys and hope we get to do it again soon. Offshore there are still some tunas around, a few sails, and an occasional dolphin and wahoo. The last front really stirred up the waters out to the reef, but hopefully it will settle quickly. Inshore fishing has been good with muttons, sharks and some big kingfish. I had an excellent morning half with Patrick McDonald catching 2 kings over 40 lbs and 2 legal muttons close to home. Big thanks to everyone who came down this month. Keep sending pictures! If you'd like to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
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
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
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.