My client Austin and I had a remarkable day yesterday, we hooked 16 Tarpon in 4 hours. We had a fish on the hook most of the time, we did not land all of them but we had em running and jumping all over the place. Tarpon sure love crabs, we fished until we ran out of crabs, I brought 30 with us. If you want to catch an amazing fish.... come see me in the lower Florida Keys and we will have an amazing time.
Key West and the lower keys are known for big Tarpon fishing and it has begun. Spring time brings in a huge migration of fish that come to the flats to feed before they spawn. This last few weeks has offered opportunity for live bait and artificial lure fishing. I have had many fish to the boat in the last week that are 100 pound range. Artificials have gotten many strikes but most of the fish we have gotten to hand have been on live bait. The best bites are on fly and soft plastics but are harder to keep the fish on. Tarpon have a very explosive bite on artificial lures and they jump as soon as they feel the hook. It is very exciting to put a fish weighing 100 pounds into the air. One of the best fights in fishing is worth the trip to the keys. Give me a call at 305-504-3597 and I will get you on the fish.
The Barracuda are big and biting right now in the lower keys. Don't miss out on incredible bites on lures and great fights with one of the world's fastest fish. When caught in 3 feet of water by sight casting there is no better feeling.
The winter season has started here in the lower Florida Keys. You wont see much snow, we still have our warm tropical temps and sunny weather to keep you warm. What we do get is lots and lots of bait fish. Large schools come into the shallow waters of the Florida Keys and become an easily accessible bait store in the morning. Large schools of Pilchards, Ballyhoo, Mullet, Threadfin Herring and even Sardines provide they predatory fish plenty of meals this time of year. I have been throwing the cast net on the last several trips and having great success. I can then use those baits to create feedings along the mangrove islands or in the channels. So far in the last couple weeks we have been able to coax in Tarpon ranging from 15 pounds to 80 pounds, snapper up to 20 inches living in the mangrove roots and big redfish. This season is also great for Snook and jacks and Big Barracuda. These are the species I get using the live bait chumming techniques but there are also plenty of Permit running around and Bonefish are of greater size this time of year. We may not see as many Bonefish as the year gets older but the ones we see are usually bigger. Two days ago we were way up in a Mangrove creek and the tides were so big I decided to look for Redfish way inside. Well before I could believe it I had three huge Bonefish in front of the boat, estimated weight between 7 and 10 pounds. You never know with these guys this time of year, they will push all over the place and when we have these huge high tides like we are getting now these fish will go way up in the trees just like everything else. So for the most part the last few weeks have been great fishing and great weather. We have had some days blown out with winds over 25 knots but that is expected this time of year and is part of the season change. The great part about flats fishing is that there is almost always somewhere to hide from the wind and fish in the shallows and around the islands.
Bonefishing has been great the last few trips, focusing more on the flats strictly targeting Bonefish and Permit. Tarpon are still around but I have been trying to change things up lately. Finding big schools of 40 or so fish, maybe more, here and there but consistently finding smaller schools of 5-10 fish. There are singles and doubles running around too and many Permit in the same waters. If you want to catch Bonefish and Permit now is the time of year. Give me a call at 305-504-3597 if you want to fish Key West soon. Tight lines!-Captain Dave of Grateful Dave Charters
April Fishing Report, Fantastic. Tarpon have begun the migration into the Keys throughout march and now during April and through June they will continue to be in Keys waters in big numbers. April has brought us many big fish and the bite has been quite good, using live bait or artificials. I have been doing trips ranging from 4 hour bait trips to full day fly and bait trips as well as great night fishing. The Tarpon have been eating flies quite well and using live bait has been getting numerous hook ups per trip. Sometimes fighting as many as 10 tarpon in a half day trip, these fish have been keeping my anglers extremely tired.
Sharks have been on heavy prowl lately as well, not uncommon to catch sharks weighing in over 300 pounds. I recently had a trip where we caught two huge Bull sharks in only five feet of water, as well as several Lemon sharks and Black tip sharks. If chummed up correctly multiple species can be caught in the same area and can be non stop action for the whole trip. Some of the fights can last up to 45 minutes using lighter tackle that is also used for Tarpon fishing. Sharks are a great combination with a Tarpon trip, catching the big fish of the flats is a heavy duty experience that every angler enjoys.
Many other species have been eating well in the keys lately too, big Permit, Bonefish and Barracudas have all been caught on recent trips and are always great sport. Bringing home dinner has also been available, Snapper and Grouper have been plentiful. Now is the time for great flats fishing, the next few months the waters will be warm and the days longer plenty of great fishing. If you would like a trip you can email or call for your next great adventure.
Captain Dave at email@example.com or call at (305)-504-3597.
February in Key West 2015 has had its ups and downs but the ups have been very good. We have had multiple cold fronts which have caused the Flats fishing to suffer but the offshore fishing picked up with Wahoo and Sailfish moving in and biting well despite cold winds. Mahi and Blackfin Tuna were also in abundance and most days you didn't have to travel far from the edge of the reef which is about 5 to 7 miles from shore. I recently went out offshore at the end of the month on my day off and had an amazing day, a big Mahi, big Snowy Grouper deep dropping along with nice sized Tilefish and I was able to get my first Swordfish daytime deep dropping.
On to the Flats, Tarpon have moved in to stay with the beginning of March and they have been biting very well, two days ago I landed four in a half day trip, very good day for this time of year. There were days in February that were productive but only between the cold fronts. Snook kept us occupied during the cold fronts as well plenty of Redfish, they can be tricky to locate but I had many trips in the last few weeks that produced very good bites. Key West can offer many different species but this time of year is special because you never know what you may get, there are still Bonefish moving around and the Permit are really starting to gather in numbers and flood the flats more and more getting ready for their spawning season. Well, i will leave you till next time and will post again in a couple weeks. Thanks