Wreck and Reef Fishing
What is Key West Wreck and Reef Fishing?
The Florida Keys offer abundant fish life. The pristine waters of Key West are home to the only living coral reef in the continental United States. And the ocean floor off the Key West shoreline serves as the final resting place for many, many shipwrecks, airplane wrecks as well as submarine wrecks. Both of these environments make tremendous habitats for many species of Key West game fish. So, wreck and reef fishing charters head to the fantastic fishing grounds surrounding these underwater structures. Though trolling is the most common method of wreck and reef fishing, fly fishing or bait casting are also popular on this type of Key West sport fishing charter.
What’s Biting on the Key West Wrecks and Reefs?
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (several types)
Blue Marlin and White Marlin
Snapper (several types)
When are they Biting?
January – February – March
As the year begins, large schools of Bluefish, Bonito, and Jack along with Cobia, Kingfish and Mackerel are all swimming the reef and wrecks in large numbers. Snapper, Grouper, Sailfish and Shark are also hunting these fishing grounds for a meal. A large variety of species are being landed on Key West sport fishing charters this time of year.
April – May – June
Sailfish season is in full swing, Amberjack, Mackerel, Barracuda, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Grouper and Snapper all have heart appetites and can be found in abundance. In April, Permit head from the shallower water to the reef and wreck areas to spawn. Marlin are growing in numbers and Shark always provide an exciting catch.
July – August – September
This is a great time of year for catching some great table fare: Dolphin, or Mahi Mahias it’s typically known in restaurants. Snapper, Grouper and Shark along with Wahoo, Marlin and Barracuda are all popular catches during the summer months.
October – November – December
This is a time of seasonal transition and weather will heavily influence what will be biting. 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 many of these wreck and reef inhabitants: Tuna, Wahoo and Shark are all biting strong on live bait. Sailfish and Kingfish are heading back to the reefs and wrecks of Key West.
Wreck and reef fishing offers a wide variety of tackle options. Both live and dead bait as well as lures and chum are effective depending on the species being hunted. Trolling is a great way to spend the day in these fantastic fishing grounds. The crew of your Key West game fishing charter will have all the advice and tackle needed fpor a successful fishing trip.