Key West Offshore Fishing
Key West has some
spectacular deep sea fishing year round. Depending on the
weather and time of year, we catch sailfish, blackfin tuna,
mahi-mahi, wahoo, marlin and king mackerel, just to name a few.
Here in Key West we use a few different techniques in our offshore
fishing charters. These pelagic fish are taken by trolling along a
color change or weed line or using live bait anchored or drifted
along a color change, weed line or wreck. Key West deep sea
fishing can produce some very nice catches all year long.
What style of fishing we will use depends on
the time of year and species you want to target.
Key West Deep Sea Trolling
One of the ways we
fish offshore in Key West is by trolling. This
method of fishing is trolling with artificial baits, natural
dead baits or a combination of both. We find something
worthy of fishing (diving birds, a weed line, rip, color change,
etc.) and put out the baits. The boat is put in gear and
you start dragging the lures or baits. The fish strikes,
you pick up the rod, fight the fish and hopefully you catch!
This method is very productive for Mahi Mahi during the summer
or warmer months of the year and also for covering large areas
of water when the offshore fishing is spotty.
Offshore Fishing with Live Bait
This is my favorite style of offshore fishing. Hardcore
and very productive fishing. We pretty much use four
different types of live bait...Ballyhoo, Threadfin Herring, Blue
Runners or Pilchards. We head offshore to
fish and anchor or drift the same areas that we would fish if we
were trolling. If we are using Ballyhoo, threadfin or blue
runners, we will set up and make a drift with a live bait spread
set out. If using live pilchards, we will throw net
full's of live freebies out to chum the fish to the surface.
This style of fishing can account for some unbelievable strikes
close to the boat. The fish are fought on light line
ranging from 12 to 30 pound test. Very fun and very
productive method of fishing in Key West and the Florida Keys.
you look around, you will notice my rates are a little less than some
other light tackle boats. One of the reasons is that I run a
single four stroke engine boat that is good on fuel. This
certainly helps keep the cost down. Another reason is most of the
guides down here pay huge commissions for other people to book their
boats, 20% to 30%...I do not pay anyone to book me. All of my
business is repeat, referral and the rest is from this website, which I
built and I maintain. If you see a website listing more than one
guide. There is a really good chance that you are just looking at
a bookies website. Most likely, these guys do not fish here or
guide here, they just want their 20% to 30% commission to book the trip!
If you book through a booking booth or a hotel concierge, they are most
likely taking commission as well and have no idea what the fishing or
the guide is really like. I know most of them don't even fish.
Pretty messed up!!! Do yourself and the charter boats a favor and
book directly with the boat. Call me to set up a trip. I will make sure you get a good
If I am already
booked and I put you with another guide, their rates may be a little
higher than mine...Larger boats, twin engines, rates increase.
Captain Pepe Gonzalez
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