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.
If 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!