Wow, hard to believe March is almost over, and what a fine month it has been for us so far. The weather has been exceptional for most of the month with the temperatures warming up to the high seventies and low eighties, and very little rain. The fishing has been starting to heat up as well, with a great Blackfin tuna bite and Sailfish starting to make their annual stop in Key West.
The Tuna bite has been pretty much best in the early morning and late afternoon/evening with some nice fat fish coming over the rails. Pilchards and ballyhoo have proven to both be effective lately to target these tasty balls of muscle. The Sailfish bite is beginning to show signs of life as well in the last few weeks. Our clients yesterday caught 4 Sailfish on the Outer Limits during their 3/4 day charter. For these 6 to 8 foot acrobats of the ocean we have been kite fishing using live pilchards, herring, and goggle eyes, as well as catching them trolling bare-naked ballyhoo. This bite is only going to get better as the next couple weeks approach. Give Captain Jay a call and get yourself ready for some fun and exciting fishing! 305-923-1043
Here comes another trip around the back side of winter and now spring is just about upon us. I bet you would not have known it was even winter time here in Key West, but thats another conversation. However, everywhere else in pretty much Northern America is about to welcome a break from cold weather and hopefully maybe some folks will get a chance to come to Key West and enjoy a thawing out and maybe some great fishing. The action has been starting to heat up as well. Just like clockwork the Blackfin Tuna bite in the Lower Keys has been pretty consistent with some nice fish in the 20 to 25 pound range being caught regularly. Live baiting and trolling have been working well to catch these tasty balls of muscle. Along with the Tuna we have been seeing Sailfish starting to move through as well. Most of the massive schools of Ballyhoo have move off of the reef and has made the Sailfish more regular ly targeted in deeper waters from 100 to 250 feet of depth. We have been getting bites by live bait fishing with Threadfin, Pilchards, and Scad baits. As far as the bottom bite is concerned, that is pretty much all snappers with Grouper season closed for another 2 months, Yellowtail and Mutton Snappers pretty much are the main target when fishing the bottom. On the Gulf side of the Keys, the fishing has been very good as well with great action from Cobia, Jacks, and monster Kingfish in the 30 to 40 pound range.
If you are looking for a warm place to come thaw out for Spring Break, then Key West is the place to be. 80 degrees and sunny everyday should be enough to get you excited, but the fishing will get you REALLY excited!!
The first week of February and the Sailfish fishing has been heating up. Easterly current from the Gulfstream has moved in close to the reef edge, bringing with it a push of Sailfish into Lower Keys waters. Over the last month Sailfish fishing has been decent but has lacked consistency. however the last week has shown signs that more hungry fish have been moving through the waters near Key West giving many anglers the excitement of battling one of these acrobatic brutes. Whether live baiting kite fishing, or trolling, Sailfish are extremely fast and explosive eating machines, so be ready at all times for this thief to show up and take a bait without hesitation… Usually while you are making a sandwich
The last few days have been nothing short of spectacular. The weather has been a beautiful 78 degrees with light Easterly breezes. Fishing has picked up and quite a few Sailfish are starting to make their way into Key West waters which is a very good sign of hopefully a great season for billfish. Along with the Sailfish, some very nice Blackfin Tuna have been showing up as well, giving anglers a variety of both sport and game fish together. What a great time of year to be in the Keys!
I must say, this last couple years of fishing has been quite active with Wahoo. Not only in the winter when we see them the thickest, but pretty much year round. Throughout most of this last year and a half I have seen more consistent Wahoo bites than I can ever remember. Generally speaking, the Keys usually has a “run” of fish that show up around November, and stay through the early spring. Sometimes this run is early, and sometimes late, but it usually always happens for a moth or two where the Wahoo are hanging around Key West in large numbers. Generally found anywhere from 70 to 300 feet of depth, these fish move together usually traveling Easterly in schools ranging from 2 to 1000. We have had days where literally every bait that gets put in the water is bit by a Wahoo.
Screamers of the Deep
The main attraction for these “tiger striped meat missiles” as I like to call them is not only their excellent table fare, but the shear power they possess to smoke the drag on just about any reel. The average Wahoo is one of the fastest open water fish in the Ocean, obtaining a sustained speed of over 60 miles per hour. Add that speed to a hydrodynamic streamlined body, and an attitude to boot, and, well you have one of the best gamefish in the ocean, barnone. I have an amazing respect for such fish that can rip 300 yards of line off of a 50lb outfit and then turn back and come at the boat so fast that even the Flash would be impressed. Some of the tightest drag outfits in the game today can sometimes be very little match to the initial run of a big Wahoo.
And when it comes to table fare, well this is probably the whitest fish on the planet. As sashimi, which is our favorite, I believe it is the best. Being an avid fisherman and foodie all of my life I’m not the least bit shy about saying that I think it is the top of the list when it comes to raw fish. Yet however cooked it is very hard to beat as well.
So stop wasting time and get down here and “GET ‘EM”