What is Wreck Fishing?
Wreck fishing in the Florida Keys is a unique type of fishing that anglers from all over the world come to experience. We have so many different wrecks in the Keys that the hardest part becomes deciding which ones we want to fish on any given day! Wreck fishing is where you will generally find the larger fish. The fish that have grown out of their adolescence and are no longer in need of their school. They are large, fast, and plenty capable of catching their own meal.
They are also more than happy to give you a run for your money on rod and reel! However, the solitary fish aren’t the only ones that like the wrecks. There are several different types of fish that live around these massive structures that will gladly come up to the surface for a free meal. With wreck fishing, we will fish the bottom, or we will “live-chum” the fish to the surface.
What to catch Wreck Fishing
Usually we will have lines on the bottom to target the big Grouper and Mutton Snapper, while leaving out flat lines and kites to pick up King Mackerel, Wahoo, Sailfish or Barracuda. At the same time, we are tossing handfuls of live baits overboard bringing up the Amberjacks, Jack Crevalle, Blackfin Tunas, and Bonita from below. Once they are at the surface, we bait up the lines with the same live bait and the fun begins. This is a technique that is incredibly effective and offers up some of the most exciting fishing in the world. This is a truly addictive method of fishing!
Reef Fishing goes hand-in-hand with Wreck Fishing. Check out our Reef Fishing Page.
“I had a great experience. I took my brother-in-law and my 10 year old son (which is why we only booked a half day). The captain made sure we had plenty of action catching Yellowtail Snapper and then we went deeper where I caught a 40 pound Amber Jack. Largest fish I ever caught and probably the largest I ever will. Captain Ross DeMarzo was extremely Courteous and informative. His mate Cooper hustled to keep our poles ready. It was also nice that we had our fish cleaned and prepped after we were done. Nice boat too. We will rebook with this boat if we come back.”
J. Boone Reed