Lately we've been doing a lot of mixed trips depending on the weather. The reef has been the most productive area, but if there isn't a breeze it's been hot! Yellowtail snappers, sharks, jacks, barracudas, groupers and muttons have kept people busy lately. Most people are opting to catch some dinner and go swimming to cool off. Lobstering has been good also this year. Offshore there have still been a few dolphin and tunas, but it's hit or miss lately. If you want something big, there are plenty of sharks on the reef lately, and the tarpon season is still going also. Give me a call at 305-923-6977 to schedule a trip! Capt. Taylor
We had a great 6 hour trip yesterday and ended up catching a box full of great eating fish! 2 keeper dolphin, a blackfin tuna, cero mackerel, 8 big mangrove snappers, a mutton snapper, yellow jack, and a few bonitos & barracudas! It was a little bouncy, maybe 2 ft, but it was worth it to catch a variety of fish! If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 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
We had some great weather and fishing over the Saint Patrick's holiday. On Saturday I took Gunnar and his family inshore fishing. The girls wanted to catch a shark. Weended up catching a big hammerhead, a few small sharp nose, and a big nurse shark. We had a ton of action with snappers, groupers, kingfish and cero mackerels. We did fight a big bull shark for a while that ate a mackerel also. The sailfish bit really good on Saturday, so Sunday we headed offshore. I took Bronson and his fiancee Mary out for sailfish and we ended up going 2 for 3 on them. We saw a few more freejumpers and one that was between 2 fish we had hooked at one point, but we just didn't have the perfect conditions of Saturday. We caught a nice sized mahi for dinner and called it a day. I heard a few boats did well later in the afternoon, and the tunas have been better later also. It looks like we're getting another cold front tonight and some wind for the next few days. The sailfishing should get better once the wind goes back to the east. Also the tarpon fishing has been good with the warm weather. It should also get good again once this north wind blows through and we get back to high 70s. If you would like to schedule a trip, I can be reached at 305-923-6977 or email any questions to Tay87@aol.com. Thanks! Capt Taylor
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
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 finally had a break in the wind this week, and I was lucky enough to have a few charters booked during the beautiful weather. The fishing was great! We caught tunas up on the reef and offshore, snappers, groupers, kingfish, jacks, sharks, and had a shot at a sailfish yesterday. Thanks to everyone who has come down fishing after the hurricane, it has helped out tremendously. Hopefully the next cold front won't be as bad and the fishing and weather continue to be good! If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Just wrapping up a few things in the boatyard today and we'll be back in action. Fresh bottom paint, wax, zincs, oil and filter changes. One small leaky trim line to do and she'll be complete. Fishing continues to be good while I'm spotted with bottom paint. There have been more tunas offshore the last couple days. The reef and inshore bottom fishing continue to be productive as well. If you are looking to get out I can be reached 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
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
After a long wait and what felt like an even longer labor, baby Ayla arrived on September 9th at 10:29 am! She came in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long. Samantha and I are ecstatic to have this wonderful baby girl in our lives. Thank you to all of the nurses, doctors, midwives and family friends who have helped us so much along the way. We couldn't have done it without you! We can't wait to take Ayla on her first boat ride! Needless to say I haven't been out on the water much lately. I did get to take some friends from Coppertail brewing out during Brewfest for a nice half day. We caught a few nice bottom fish in the deep water. The weather was perfect for drifting live baits and the fish were on them until the tide changed at around 11am. There has been some current out near the reef making the fishing more productive for yellowtail snapper,muttons and grouper. Offshore there have been a few nice weedlines producing dolphin, a mix of blackfin and skipjack tuna, and an occasional wahoo. I can't wait to get back out when we get settled in with our new baby girl!