Deep Sea Fishing
What is Key West Deep Sea Fishing?
Recreational deep water boat fishing is sometimes called Deep Sea Fishing or Offshore fishing. Key West deep sea fishing requires advanced knowledge of navigation, weather patterns and safety precautions. A professional fishing charter is invaluable. Trolling is the method of fishing most used by the Key West offshore sport fishing charters. Multiple fishing lines are threaded through outriggers, which are poles extending beyond the hull of the vessel, baited with bait fish and drawn through the water behind the moving boat. Outrigging prevents the fishing lines from becoming tangled. Also, downriggers are used to keep the bait at a desired depth. Multiple outriggers and downriggers help increase the chances for a good catch since different species swim at different depths.
What’s Biting Offshore?
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
When Are They Biting Offshore?
January – February – March
Plentiful baitfish and the mild temperature in the Florida Keys this time of year bring a strong variety of fish species. Key West Shark fishing is good along with other Florida game fish. Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Kingfish, Mackerel, Jacks and Grouper including Goliath Grouper are all biting very well.
April – May – June
This is the busiest time of year for Key West fishing charters. Great weather brings the Spring Break vacationers who like to sport fish in the Florida Keys and the fish are eager to accommodate them. Shark, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, Kingfish, Grouper, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Barracuda and Jacks. Chances are high for a Key West Grand Slam: a Wahoo, a Dolphin and a billfish (either a Sailfish or Marlin). Trophy fish are waiting for you this time of year.
July – August – September
The warm water off the shores of the Florida Keys keeps big game fish in strong numbers. Barracuda, Bonito, Marlin, Jacks, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Shark, Snapper, all species of Grouper and Wahoo are all basking in the warmth and looking for a meal….even on the end of a hook.
October – November – December
Although the cooler fall months are a great choice for a full day of sport fishing in Key West. The weather will dictate what will be biting during this seasonal transition. Warm weather means a continuation of the large variety and high numbers of fish found during the summer months. If a brisk weather front moves in, you can still count on landing game fish like: Barracuda, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Snapper, Sailfish, Shark, Spanish Mackerel and Wahoo.
The tackle used will depend strongly on the species being hunted, water conditions and the weather. Typically, medium to heavy tackle (heavier weight rods and line test) are used along with combinations of live and dead bait as well as bloody chum to attract the ultimate Key West predator….Shark!