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The Family Fun Charter Trip
OK, you took the family on vacation in the Florida Keys. Everyone has different ideas on how to spend their time. Some want to go fishing, some want to go Swimming, snorkeling, or diving, some want to see the local wildlife like dolphins & Manatees, and someone just wants to relax, soak up some vitamin D from the sun, and read a book. However, you want the family to hang out & do things together.
Well, Our ‘Family Fun Charter Trip just might make everyone happy.
We can start out the day with a nice boat ride out to doing some reef & wreck fishing. Next, we can swing by the Islamorada sandbar for some swimming & snorkeling while the fish get cleaned and put on ice. Then we can grill up some of the catch for lunch. You can bring the makings for tacos, sandwiches, or just some chips to go with your grilled fillets.
As an alternative, we can also take you for lunch at one of the local restaurants by water if you prefer, and then, back out for more adventure on the sea after lunch.
Maybe you want to get adventurous and do some diving in the afternoon or try some offshore (deep-sea) fishing or Gulf fishing on the west side of the islands.
All-in-all, this is an excellent way to keep the family in one group and make sure everyone is having a great time.
Call us to discuss all the options ahead of time. We will always let you know the best options based on the time of year or the weather conditions.
Family Fun Trip Options
You can choose to do a variety of things on your Family Fun Trip. Here is a list of many of the options. Below this list, you will find more details for of the options.
- Reef & Wreck Fishing
- Offshore (deep-sea) Fishing
- Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay
- Shark Fishing
- Other Types of Fishing
- Relaxing at the Famous Islamorada Sandbar
- Swimming &/or Snorkeling
- Scuba Diving
Family Fun Reef & Wreck Fishing
There are tons of fish to catch at the reefs and wrecks off Islamorada, including Yellowtail, Mutton & Mangrove Snapper. As far as the types of Grouper, they include Red, Black, Gag, & Goliath Grouper. There are also types of Amberjack including the Greater Amberjack. The number of other species of fish are too many to name but include fish like Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Sailfish just to name a few. If your family is up for some real adventure, there a many types of sharks at the reefs and around the wrecks in the Florida Keys.
Does Dad want to catch game fish, but Mom would rather fish for dinner, and the kids just want the excitement of catching anything? Reef and Wreck fishing will deliver.
As far as dinner goes, whether you prefer fish tacos & sandwiches, or you would rather have Baked, fried, or grilled fillets, we highly recommend tasting some of your catch at lunch.
Also, there are many different restaurants in the Florida Keys that will prepare your catch in many different ways.
You also can ship your frozen fish back home to keep the memories of your vacation fresh in your mind every time you reach in the freezer.
More about Reef Fishing
We usually are in water between 30-100″ deep when reef fishing. We will normally just anchor up and start a chumming.
The Yellowtail Snapper will be found around half way down and are found in schools of hundreds or occasionally even thousands of fish. To catch them, we use a technique called free lining witch is simply feeding line out and drifting the pieces of cut bait through the area we chummed, called the chum slick. The bait slowly sinks toward the bottom, right through the school of Yellowtail Snapper.
The Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, and all species of Grouper, are living on the bottom or very close to it. These fish are caught using a leaded rig and a long fluorocarbon leader. We use live bait, dead bait, or larger pieces of cut bait for these bottom rigs.
More about Wreck Fishing
With wreck fishing, the wrecks are where you find the bigger Snapper and Grouper. This is also where you will find several species of Amberjack, or just ‘jack’ as most refer to them as. The largest of these would be the Greater Amberjack sometimes getting as big as 100 pounds or more.
hanging around in the waters around the deep wrecks are the ‘Lunkers’ of the Florida Keys fish called Goliath grouper. They may look really fat & slow, but they can surprise you with how fast they can move when a nice meal is nearby. Finally, let’s not forget about the several species of large sharks around these wrecks.
Wreck fishing can be a very exciting type of fishing. It can be very visually stimulating for everyone in the family as well as a good workout for the person holding the rod.
You can end up with a number of different types of gamefish as well as some tasty fish.
The Famous Islamorada Sandbar
After having fun doing some reef or wreck fishing it might be time to relax at the Islamorada sandbar. The Islamorada Sandbar is world famous, and we know how to ensure that everyone has a great time! If you & your family would like to spend some time basking in the sun, listening to some great music, and enjoying some food and beverages at one of the best places Islamorada has to offer!
If the younger crowds aren’t your idea of a great time, we have several other “sandbar” areas that will give you the serenity and relaxation that you might be looking for.
Either way, we have rafts, music, and plenty of ice to keep your drinks cool! The Sandbar can add some incredibly relaxing time on the water!