Fishing in the Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is very exciting and action-packed! There are many different species we fish for in these areas including Groupers, Snappers, Mackerels, Cobia, Permit, and sharks of all species.
This type of fishing is generally done on anchor, but on occasion, we will drift or sight fish for certain species that we are targeting. Due to the nature of the “green” or “dirtier” water, this type of fishing can present some of the best topwater and sight fishing opportunities for Cobia and Permit.
Another bonus to this trip is that the areas we fish are very spread out, which means the fishing pressure is at a minimum. This fishery is a very “conditions” based fishery, which means it doesn’t always make sense to make the run into the “back”.
This type of fishery is at its best beginning in October and running through early June. It is also a great option when the weather blows hard out of the East to Southeast, as the island chain acts as a barrier to the wind…
When we use the term “offshore”, we are referring to Gulfstream fishing, which usually is found in depths of 300 feet or greater. In Islamorada, this means that you are typically at least 8 miles from shore, which puts you almost out of sight of land.
There are a variety of species, as well as tactics used when targeting species offshore. The most common fish being pursued are dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo, blackfin, and skipjack tuna, as well as amberjack. However, there are billfish lurking in these waters such as sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, spearfish, and swordfish.
No matter what month of the year it is every one of these fish are a possibility. Although some months we feel one or more isn’t targetable, the possibility is always there. You will need to ask Capt. Kiki to get the information about what types are here and when the best time to target them would be.
We also have a variety of sharks found in the same waters offshore. The most common being dusky, tiger, hammerheads, and mako sharks…
We offer several different types of trips, depending on the season, but we will always have a trip to suit everyone no matter what time of year it may be! Give Capt. Kiki a call, and he can explain what is best at any given time of year. Whether you are hardcore, or just want to relax at the sandbar, and enjoy the sun with your family and friends we have you covered!