Islamorada Offshore Fishing -Deep Sea Fishing
Islamorada Offshore fishing, also called deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys is absolutely spectacular! The many different types of game fish that are available offshore makes for an experience that can only be found in the Florida Keys! Whether you want to target Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish, Sailfish, Amberjack, Marlin or Swordfish Catchalottafish Charters has you covered!
Techniques to catch these fish
Catchalottafish Charters uses several different techniques to target these fish. We don’t like to spend all day trolling like many other charter boats, so we hunt the fish down and get our catch! This is one of the many HUGE advantages of a fast center console fishing boat. This type of boat can cover much more ground than a larger, slower, boat. Especially on those slow days, it makes all the difference in the world. Just to be clear, there are times that trolling is very effective, but we will always use the best method for catching fish as possible to ensure the best catch and the best experience for our customers!
The “run-and-gun” technique
One of which is called the “run-and-gun” technique. This method is primarily used for catching Dolphin, and is not only the best, but yields the biggest fish.
While executing this method of fishing we will be covering the offshore waters looking for birds, weed lines, floating debris, and baitfish busting up the surface. Once we find this type of activity, it is only a matter of time before you are sight casting to the fish of your dreams, and the drags are screaming! Be sure and eat a big breakfast before coming aboard, because you are going to need all of the energy you can get!
The kite fishing method
Another technique that we use while fishing offshore is kite fishing. This type of fishing is phenomenally exciting as well! We deploy either one or two fishing kites from the bow, stern, or both then release lines out from clips that leave live baits right on the surface. The bite is absolutely amazing, as you often actually see it happen right before your eyes!
The Fish of Fishing
- Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi)
The name mahi–mahi comes from the Hawaiian language and means “very strong”. This species is also referred to as “dolphin“which is short for dolphinfish, but can be misleading because they are not related to dolphins. Mahi Mahi are usually between 15 & 30 pounds.
- Blackfin Tuna
The Blackfin Tuna grows to a maximum of around 45 pounds and 3 1/2 feet long.
Blackfin are often found with Skipjack Tuna over reefs, around wrecks, and in the Gulf of Mexico as well as offshore.
Wahoo are one of the fastest Pelagic fish swimming up to 60 miles an hour. The largest caught in Florida is 139 pounds but can go upwards of 180 pounds.
- Kingfish (King Mackerel)
Normally coming in at 19-35 inches in length, they have been caught over 70 inches and nearly 100 pounds. The Florida record is 90 pounds. They are a highly saught-after gamefish in the Florida Keys.
The Sailfish record in the Atlantic ocean is 124 inches and around 128 pounds. The Florida record is 126 pounds. Fish around the Florida Keys usually are between 65-90 inches in length.
- Amberjack – Greater & Lesser
Greater Amberjacks usually weigh less then 50 pounds but the Florida record is 142 pounds. If you hook into one over 100 pounds, expect a hell of a fight. Lesser Amberjacks are usually not much over 10 pounds. Amberjacks can be found reef & wreck fishing as well.
- Marlin – Blue & White
The Blue Marlin is a pelagic billfish that can reach 14 feet long and be more than 1,400 pounds. The Florida record is 1046 pounds.
White Marlin typically running from around 80 to 170 pounds with an average length of 8 feet. The Florida record is 161 pounds.
Swordfish are found in the 1,000 to 1,500 foot depths in the Gulf Stream for some true deep-sea fishing. Swordfishing is a year round sport in the Florida Keys. The World Record is 1,182 pounds.