There are an incredible number of species available to fish for that are found along the reefs and wrecks off Islamorada. The really great part is that you are typically fishing for multiple species at one time. Typical fish found in these areas are Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, multiple species of Sharks, Red, Black, Gag, and Goliath Groupers, as well as Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Sailfish just to name a handful.
When fishing on the reef (typically 30-100 ft of water) we will typically anchor up and establish a chum slick. Yellowtail Snapper rise up into the middle of the water column and are typically found in schools of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of fish. This fish are caught by free lining or drifting small pieces of cut bait through the chum slick slowly sinking towards the bottom. Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, as well as all species of Grouper, are living on or very near the bottom. These fish are targeted by using live, dead, or larger cut bait with a leaded rig and a long fluorocarbon leader.
On the wrecks is where you find large Snapper and Grouper, as well as several species of jack, with the largest being the Greater Amberjack occasionally reaching the 100 pound range. Lurking in the waters surrounding these deep wrecks are large Goliath grouper, as well as several species of large sharks. This is a very exciting type of fishing, as it has the ability to be very visual with a great variety of game fish and table fare!