We have had a mixed bag of fishing opportunities during the month of September. Offshore a few Dolphin remain. Most of these fish have been between 8 and 10 pounds with a few larger ones mixed in. We are also finding schools of Skipjack Tuna and Blackfin Tuna, generally inside of the wall. Deep dropping in the 600′ range has been productive for Snowy Grouper, Tile Fish and Rosefish. Further inshore there are King Mackerel up to 25 pounds hanging around wrecks and rough bottom in 150′ to 200′. We are also catching Mutton Snapper and Amberjacks in this depth. The reef has been hot and cold for Yellowtail depending on current. There have been plenty of large sharks around as well for those who want to tangle with them.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
We have had some decent reef fishing over the last few days. On Thurs Aug 13th we started in 75′ along the bar west of Key West. The 2 lb Yellowtail bit very well and we caught 30 in short order. We also had several Barracuda and a Black Grouper in the 15lb range which was cut off behind the pec fins by a shark before we could boat him. Ballyhoo showed up in the chum slick so we added a couple dozen to the live well before moving to a 160′ ledge. Out in the deeper water we caught several Amberjack, a 25lb King Mack and 1 out of 3 Cobia. On Sat Aug 15th we again fished the reef in the morning before the squally weather which later became tropical storm Claudette forced us back to the dock. The Yellowtail were larger, averaging 3.5 lbs.