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Offshore Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing
Our offshore fishing charter trip is our most popular. When we use the term “offshore”, we are referring to gulfstream fishing, which usually is found in depths of 300 feet and greater. In Islamorada this means that you are typically at least 8 miles from shore, which puts you almost out of sight of land.
“Captain Kiki is an excellent captain and all around great person. He prefers to have you involved in the baiting and fishing which is what we prefer. He also takes the time to teach you the subtleties of catching the various species of fish. And of course he works really hard to get you on the fish even if they aren’t active. I highly recommend All Lit Up and Captain Kiki!!”
Outstanding trip with Capt. Kiki and first mate Tyler. They worked incredibly hard to make sure we had a terrific time. Capt. Kiki provided a lot of instruction which my son truly enjoyed. Watching a real pro in action was a treat. Capt. Kiki knows how to catch fish. He is personable and patient. Tyler hustled to ensure the rigs were up to snuff and at the standard Capt. Kiki demanded. With everything in place we were prepared to catch mahi, tuna and billfish. Capt. Kiki is the takes the Boy Scout motto seriously – “Always be prepared” and left nothing to chance. We will plan to use him many times in the future for business and pleasure. I highly recommend.
Beth & Kieran
Types of Deep Sea Fish
There are a variety of species found as well as tactics used in this particular fishery. The most common fish being pursued are Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo, Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, and Skipjack tuna.
There are also billfish lurking in these waters such as Sailfish, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Spearfish. These species are less common; however, there is a chance for lucky fishermen to hook into these elusive and exciting fish.
When on our offshore fishing charter trip, we also run into a variety of sharks that are found in these deeper waters. The most common being Tiger sharks and Mako sharks.
Offshore Fishing Methods
There is a variety of tactics we use to pursue these species as well as a mix of techniques for even a single species, especially Mahi-Mahi. We also use many different types of bait when fishing offshore. These include fresh cut bait, live bait, and a combination of natural and artificial baits.
When fishing for Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), you look for weed lines & floating debris such as wood, cargo nets, plastic, & anything else noticeable on the surface. We will also watch for birds that are flying along with schools of Mahi hoping to snatch a flying fish fleeing the ocean in an attempt to evade these hungry fish.
When these things are not present, it is useful to put out lures and rigged ballyhoo and troll around areas that commonly hold Mahi-Mahi such as broken bottom or offshore humps (underwater mountains). These particular areas hold Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) as well as other species such as billfish and tuna. This is due to the natural concentration of bait fish that live in these areas because of the upwelling ocean currents running from the bottom to the surface that trap plankton.
Best Time of Year
Offshore fishing is at its peak during the warmer months. This occurs from April through August, but Mahi-Mahi and many other offshore species are commonly found in the waters off Islamorada through October.
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