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by Capt. Jay

Wow, here it is July already. July in Key West can be a very busy month for most folks in the Southernmost point. Our nation’s birthday in the beginning of the month, Hemingway Days, the Key West Marlin Tournament, Lobster mini-season, and a whole lot of celebrating… How ever you spend your time in Key West in July, there is always something to do… Now for the fishing!!

The Snappers

Right now is the time of year for Snapper slapping! July is a great inshore snapper fisherman’s dream. From the reef to the shallows, snapper from all shapes and sizes are hungry. July is primarily the time of year that Yellowtail Snapper, Grey Snapper (aka Mangrove Snapper), and many other bottom fish spawn. This brings large schools of these fish to the outside edges of the reef in very large and hungry numbers. Light tackle fishing at its finest, snapper can be a blast to catch on 8-12lb. gear. This time of year can be warm sitting on the anchor so make sure you bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. Our boat has AC which can be very nice to get out of the elements and cool off on those hot summer days. We use a combination of live and cut bait, free lined or weighted to target these tasty fish… and plenty of chum!Snapper fishing with Cullen Strady

Along with the Snappers, come a few others to the party. Sharks and Barracuda are usually a common visitor to the fishing grounds as well as Goliath or Black Grouper. Try sinking a larger bait close to the bottom to attract one of these monsters.


 Blue Water!!

Offshore of Key West in July can bring a host of characters to be caught. Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and White Marlin are still being caught from 600 feet of water and on out passed the drop. On the Outer Limits, angler Gordon Nesbit caught a very acrobatic White Marlin on the 4th of July. Weighing in at an estimated 65 lbs., this speed demon came into the spread ready to eat and took no time at all deciding which bait to slash, devouring the left rigger. As the fish took off to the races, Gordon settled in and went to work. The 30 lb. tackle made good and twenty minutes was all it took Gordon to best this billfish. With leader in hand, Cory gave the Marlin a quick reviving and a healthy release. Congratulations Gordon!4th of July White Marlin

Along with the billfish, Mahi-Mahi have still been passing through the lower Keys waters as well. While most of the fish are school size, there is still a good slammer lingering around from time to time. The Sargasso grass offshore has been very prevalent this year, creating large weed beds, which are perfect places for Mahi to hang around. Many of our Mahi have been caught under these big patches of cover. And don’t forget about the flotsam. medium to large pieces of floating debris can make your whole trip sometimes in July. Remember, “if it is floating offshore, go check it out”. The Outer Limits once found three sailboaters, stranded on a 7ft dingy, 25 miles offshore, who were adrift for 7 days. From a distance it only looked like floating debris… but thats another story.

While the Gulfstream current remains offshore quite a ways, there is still decent fishing within range of Key West right now.

Marlin Mayhem

July also marks a three day event for local offshore anglers in the Key West Marlin Tournament. This event from the 16th thru the 19th is set right in the middle of Hemingway Days, which is fitting seeing that the “Bull” liked to battle Marlin… a lot!! Last year the Mr.Z had an awesome showing in the KWMT by placing 3rd with 400 points. The year prior the Outer Limits posted the top Bull Dolphin (42lbs.) in the Dolphin Division and pulled the hook on what would have been the winning Marlin. This year, excitement awaits, as up to 50 or more teams prepare to take to the Straits of Florida in search of these tackle testing superstars of blue water.

Fact, in the last few years, there have been more Marlin caught by the Outer Limits and the Mr.Z than any other charter boats in Key West, and this year is continuing on the same path. Look to see either one or both of these teams on the podium this year as well.


The “daze of summer” are here. Finally for many who experienced some of the worst winter weather of their lives just a few months ago. The time of year where temperatures are warm, students are home from school, vacations are most popular, and just about every beach in the USA is blanketed with visitors, and the Florida Keys and Key West are no exception. With literally thousands of places to stay and thousands of activities to participate in, the Florida Keys are the absolute top vacation destination in the country for adults and families alike. Whether you are into  beach bathing, water sports, fishing, shopping, site seeing, night life, or just kicking the feet up and relaxing, there is something for every taste. Speaking of taste, the Keys offer some of the most amazing and diverse cuisine than any chain of islands maybe in the world. There truly is something for everybody.

Get Your Feet Wet

The water sports in the Florida Keys are some of the most world renowned. Everything from paddle boarding and kayaking, to boating and fishing, to  diving and snorkeling, the list goes on and on. The Keys have such a variety of water sports that even the most avid of adventurers couldn’t do them all. Take just the diving aspect for example. There are hundreds of square miles of natural coral reef (the largest in America) with hundreds of wrecks that are within just a few miles from shore, in most cases, that divers and snorkelers alike  can experience.AVID MahiThe fishing in The Florida Keys is by far some of the best on the planet, and when it comes to variety there are few places on earth that can boast as many different species of fish. From offshore species such as Marlin, Sailfish, and Mahi-Mahi, to inshore gamefish like Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit, to reef dwellers such as Snapper and Grouper, the Keys have it all. Not to mention size, but hundreds of world record size fish have come from Florida Keys waters. Summertime in the Keys is a heaven for water sport junkies.

Just Kicking Back

Florida Keys Summertime Sunrise

But if just some good old R and R is the what the doctor ordered let me tell you this is the place to be. Imagine a laid back lifestyle, great weather, unbelievable food, and a picture perfect view almost everywhere you turn, all while sitting in a hammock. This is just a sample of relaxing in this amazing location. The sunrise and sunset in the Keys offer some of the most breathtaking views in all of the country if not the world. Very few places on earth are as beautiful as the Florida Keys.

So when you decide to leave the confinement of your home for some summertime fresh ocean air, come on down and enjoy all that we have to offer. The Florida Keys are calling you. Now answer that call!!

Captain Jay

By Capt. Jay

Two Good Looking MillersToday is Father’s Day. A one day a year holiday in June to celebrate the men who made us who we are. Thinking back on my life, my accomplishments, my failures, and all in between, have in some way or another been influenced by my father. He was there when I was born, he was there to raise me, help me, teach me, and yes, discipline me. Growing up on the southwest Florida gulf waters, I was privileged to have a father who loved the water. At the earliest age I can remember we were on the water. Whether we were boating, fishing, crabbing, clamming, oystering, snorkeling, tubing, or just walking around Stump Pass collecting shells, my father made sure we had the full experience. These experiences are the basis of my life today. My knowledge and love of the ocean, and its inhabitants were gained from the influences I learned from my Dad. I have thousands of awesome memories from the times I spent with my father. His wealth of knowledge about so many different things gave me very little chance not to learn something from him each and every day. “Thank you Dad!”Dad and I

So today as you celebrate Father’s Day, just remember all those things you may have taken for granted, that your father did to make you who you are. And hopefully you are as lucky to have as great of a Dad as mine is.

by Capt. Jay

The 2014 Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitaional consisted of 32 teams participating in a 1 day Dolphin tournament on Memorial Day weekend. The tourney is won by the team who has the top weight of the teams 3 largest fish (aggregate). Both the Outer Limits and the Mr.Z have been fishing this event for years and back in 2010 the Outer Limits won first place with a weight of 98 lbs. which included a 60 lb. STUD of a Bull.

Jaeger's White Marlin

Jaeger’s White Marlin

This day, like most days in May, the weather for the tournament was gorgeous. Light winds laid the seas down to a ripple and the skies were as clear as they could be. Both boats took a southwest course from the marina and commenced to lines in at 7:00am. Just shortly after lines in, the Outer Limits hooked up, but not to a Mahi but a Marlin. A White Marlin to be exact. 14 years old Jaeger was on the rod and went to work immediately. Jaeger put the arms to work and a short time later the acrobatic billfish was boat side. Not bad for a birthday surprise. This was Jaeger’s first billfish release and the second White Marlin release for the Outer Limits in as many days.

Just as the Outer Limits puts their lines back into the water, the Mr.Z hooks into something big. Way too big to be a Dolphin. Were talking a 400 lb. Blue Marlin! To top it off on 30 lb. test line. Angler Mark Davis had the fight of his life as he battled this beast for 2 hours. Finally, after a tough fight the fish was to the leader and was given a healthy release.

Now back to Dolphin fishing! I don’t want to talk about having the potentially winning Bull (he was 50 lbs.), that we chased for an hour, and had numerous baits in his face, and could not get him to eat… ARRGH!!! So instead we will go to the weigh in. Both crews ended up pretty close to each other at the scales with aggregate scores in the high 50’s. Some nice Dolphin were caught by quite a number boats with many fish in the High 20’s. The top fish was a 42 lb. Bull caught by our friends on the Blue Hooker. Congrats to them. But more so, congrats to Jaeger and Mark who got to battle two world class fish and catch some nice Mahi as well!

We here at the Outer Limits and the MrZ on Memorial Day, would like to first off give our deepest gratitude to all the men and women service members, both at home and abroad, who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that all of those who live in the United States of America can live in freedom. We also would like to send out our deepest sympathy to all who have lost a friend or loved one who was in service. If you live in the USA, the rights and liberties that many people take for granted are only given to you because of those who fought and died to protect those rights and liberties. So on this day of remembrance for those fallen, as many celebrate their day off from work, or the BBQ, or whatever else they do, take some time out of your day and give thanks for those, who gave their life so that we can live as free individuals. Thank You and God Bless AmericaMemorial Day Flag