Reef and wreck fishing here in the Florida Keys is nothing short of spectacular! This is without a doubt one of the most popular trips we do, and often yields the best variety of eating fish for the dinner table. FLORIDA KEYS FISHING COMPANY captains have built a reputation for themselves as extremely consistent fisherman where targeting the many snappers and groupers on the reefs and wrecks are concerned. We know what types of bait to use at certain times of the year, when dead bait and artificials work best, and how to get them to bite in adverse conditions. We have spent countless hours fishing for these magnificent creatures, and have come to know them all extremely well. There are several different styles used to target these fish and different depths throughout certain times of the year that we will target them. As the seasons, currents, tides, water temperatures, water quality, and solunar phases change we will change our methods as well. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards for targeting one specific type, but more times than not we can get them to bite!
When fishing on the reef(50-100 ft of water) we will typically anchor up and establish a chum slick. Yellowtail Snapper rise up into the middle or top 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 the shallow water Grouper complex, are living on or very near the bottom. These fish are targeted by using live, dead, artificial baits on a fluorocarbon leader.
On the wrecks is where you find large Snapper and Grouper, as well as several species of jacks, mackerel, wahoo, and 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! This type of fishing is generally done either drifting or anchored. Depending on the condition we would encounter on that particular day will determine what method we choose to fish for them.