REEF & WRECK FISHING
There are an incredible number of species to fish for that are found along the reefs and wrecks off Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The really great part is that you are typically fishing for multiple species at one time. The most common fish found in these areas are Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, and Amberjack. Multiple species of Sharks along with Red, Black, Gag, and Goliath Groupers are also common. In addition, Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Sailfish are present on these trips as well.
Reef and wreck fishing here in Islamorada of the Florida Keys is nothing short of spectacular! This is without a doubt one of the most popular trips our fishing charters have to offer, and often yields the best variety of eating fish for the dinner table.
When reef fishing in 30-100 feet 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. These 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, or artificial baits on a fluorocarbon leader. This is a brief description of how our fishing guides here at the Florida Keys Fishing Company get you and keep you on the fish.
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On the wrecks is where you find even more of the snappers and groupers our fishing guides will target, as well as, several species of tunas, jacks, Mackerel, Wahoo, and sharks. Wreck fishing is a very exciting type of fishing. It has a tendency to be very visual with live chumming and with a great variety of game fish and table fare! This type of fishing is generally done either drifting or on anchor. Our charters determine what method to use to fish for them, depending on the conditions encountered on that particular day.
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