Water Deep Sea Fishing
One, when headed offshore, we will look for diving
flocks of seabird. Any
school feeding action tends to attract and excite
birds. This is usually an indicator of bait fish
being pushed to the surface by predators. Once located,
we will anchor down and begin to chum with live bait.
The ocean will come alive with predators such as
Tuna, Bonita, Sailfish, Wahoo, King Mackerel, and
Barracuda, to name a few. These fish can be taken
any way your heart desires. On
fly, spin, or casting top water lures, it does not
matter. Only a small number of anglers have seen
this style of fishing. This will be the most exciting
fishing experience you will ever have!
fighting ability and spectacular aerial acrobatics
endear the sailfish to the Key West angler. Fishing
methods include slow trolling or drifting with
live bait and kite fishing along the edges of
reefs or current eddies.
months for catching Sailfish in the Keys are
October through June, but in March and April,
when the right conditions exist, you can hook
upwards to 20 sails in a day.
All-Tackle World Record, caught in February
of 1994, is 141 lb. 1 oz.
encourage the release of all billfish.
is found around wrecks and reefs where smaller
fish that it feeds upon are abundant, but it
may also be found far out at sea. It
is reputed to be one of the fastest fish in the
sea, attaining speeds of 50 mph and more. The
first scorching run may peel off several hundred
yards of line in seconds. Occasionally
this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes
its head violently when hooked in an effort to
methods include trolling with live bait or artificial
with live bait and kite fishing are productive
All-Tackle World Record for Wahoo is 158
lb. 8 oz., caught in June of 1996.
months for catching Wahoo
in Key West are October through July.
called Dolphin, Mahi Mahi, and Dorado it is among
the most colorful fish in the sea. They
are extremely fast swimmers and feed extensively
on flying fish and squid as well as other small
are found swimming beneath buoys, seaweed, logs,
and floating objects of almost any kind.
Dolphin may leap or tail walk, darting first
in one direction, and then another. It
is believed that it can reach speeds up to 50
mph in short bursts.
methods include trolling surface baits or artificial
lures; also live bait fishing or casting plugs. If
the first fish is kept in the water, it will
usually hold the school, and often others will
come near enough to be caught by casting. It
is a great fish to catch on a fly rod.
All-Tackle World Record is 88 lb., caught
addition to being a highly rated game fish, the
Dolphin is a delicious food fish.
season in Key West for Dolphin is April through
Tuna, Blackfin (Tunnus
are the most common Tunas caught in Key West, but
on occasion we encounter Yellowfin Tuna in excess
of 180 lbs.
is a pelagic, schooling fish that generally feeds
near the surface. Its diet consists of small fish, squid, and crustaceans. It's
an excellent light tackle species. It
can be taken by casting small baits or lures,
flies, jigs, or plugs; or live bait fishing from
the boat at the surface of deep water. It
is an extremely strong fighting fish. The flesh
is of good quality and flavor.
All-Tackle World Record Blackfin Tuna is
45 lb. 8 oz., caught in Key West in May of
months for catching Tuna in Key West
are late October through May.
called Little Tunny, or False Albacore
of diving seabirds are often indicative of the
presence of a school of Bonita, which may consist
of many thousands of individuals. Because
this species feeds on small pelagic fish near
the surface, any school feeding action tends
to attract and excite birds.
methods include casting from the boat live bait,
or small lures such as spoons, plugs, jigs and
All-Tackle World Record for Bonita is 35
lb. 2 oz., caught in December of 1988.
West holds Bonita year round.
Found both offshore and inshore around reefs,
wrecks, and grass flats, and wherever small fish
congregate. Barracudas are
extremely strong, making long runs and spectacular
jumps when hooked. Barracuda eat whatever is available. Fishing
methods include casting plugs, spoons, Cuda lures,
and flies, the faster the retrieval the better.
All-Tackle World Record is 84 lb. 14 oz.,
caught March 1991.
are found year-round in the Florida Keys.
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