Offshore fly fishing is the ultimate challenge in big game fishing! Doing it correctly takes a great deal of patience, skill, and really having your stuff together at the right time! Fighting big fish on fly is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have while fishing on the open seas, and almost every pelagic fish can be targeted with a fly rod.
What you can catch offshore fly fishing
Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna, King Mackerel, and even reef fish have been caught on the fly. We can even target Permit on the wrecks when they are there for the spawn. There are several other species that are caught in different parts of the world using this technique as well, but these are the ones that we have the ability to target here with reasonable opportunity.
How it is done
Having the ability to stalk these great game fish, and then the ability to get them to eat some chicken feathers is a feat in itself. All of this is done by sight fishing which is a hunt in open water. We use several methods to get these fish close to the boat. This includes trolling hookless baits, live chumming, and even chunking in certain situations. These methods let us get the fish as close as we need it, to give you the perfect opportunity for presenting the fly! Our favorite is the live bait teaser as the motion is much slower. We can generally get the fish so fired up on the hookless live baits that you could almost free gaff it! The technique we use is called the “bait and switch” tactic which allows us to get the fish fired up on live bait; we then take it away just as you present the fly in the same location. The fish is so worked up that it doesn’t know what happened, but the fish thinks it just ate the live bait. When in fact, it is choking on your chicken feather!
It is an awesome experience, and truly a dream for most fly anglers. Let Captain James and Captain Ross of the Catchalottafish make your dreams a reality and get you that dream catch you have always wanted on the fly!