Famous Key West Harbor
The Key West Harbor has
the best Tarpon fishing in North
America. Large schools of Tarpon
start to migrate to the Harbor in
March and fishing is in full swing
in April. You will see large schools
of 80lb plus Tarpon rolling
around the boat throughout the day.
There are large Permit and Cobia
mixed in with these migrating fish.
We anchor on top of the fish once
located and chum. It is not rare
to hook a dozen or so while fishing
the Harbor. After landing several
fish we usually tie up the boat and
have lunch at the Raw Bar that is
less than a mile away. Once you've
regained your strength it's time
for round two, The Afternoon Bite!
as the "Silver King", it
was one of the first salt water species
to be declared a game fish. Once
hooked, they but up a stubborn and
spectacualr fight, often leaping
up to 10 feet out of the water. Tarpon
are an excellent fighting fish and
can some times take hours to land.
They range from 40 to 150lbs.
methods including anchoring in the
harbor and chumming with fresh shrimp
boat trash (bycatch). This method
is very productive giving anglers
dozens of shots at the Silver King.
We also fish at night for Tarpon, it can be extremely
exciting. Casting top water lures and live bait to
All-Tackle World Record is 283lb.
caught March 1956.
are one of the most sought after
game fish in Key West. When hooked
it makes a long, fast run and is
a tough fighter on light tackle.
Their preferred diet consists of
methods include sight casting live
crabs, jigs, or flies to schooled
All-Tackle World Record is 56lb.
2oz., caught June 1997
are caught year round in Key West.
called Ling, and Crab Eaters, the
Cobia is a highly rated, hard hitting
game fish that is prone to long,
powerful, determined runs and occasional
leaps. Often when it is hooked the
entire school will surface along
methods include bottom fishing with
live bait, jigging, and casting artificial
lures. Excellent white, firm fillets
are found on Cobia.
All-Tackle World Record is 135lb.
9oz. , caught July 1985.
Best action is during the colder
months, but smaller individuals can
be caught year-round.
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