It has been a slow month as far as charters go, but we have been busy with a mini vacation and Ayla's 3rd birthday! We had a good few days in Coconut Grove, even with the rain. Yesterday was Ayla's 3rd birthday, so we did it up big since we had a crappy hurricane last year. Hopefully we can steer clear this year. As far as fishing goes, it has been a typical hot September. Offshore there are a few dolphin, but not many. The reef and backcountry fishing have been the best bet with snappers, groupers, sharks, and a few tarpon. If you are looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
We finally have some more normal weather in Key West and the fishing has improved greatly. Offshore there are some dolphin being caught with an occasional billfish. The reef has been good for snappers and barracudas. The tarpon bite has improved inshore also. I had a great trip with Jason Rosenbalm and his family last week. We caught some yellowtail snappers, big barracudas, a yellow jack, mackerels, and Jason got a big tarpon which he fought for over an hour. Way to go! I have some days available next week, but the last week of the month is pretty full. If you are looking to get out on the water in Key West, give me a call at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams
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
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
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
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
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 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