Fishing In Florida Keys
What can you expect from fishing In Florida Keys ?
First of all, the term “Fishing In Florida Keys ” actually encompasses several general categories of different fishing trips: Florida Keys fishing charters–back country, Florida Keys fishing charters–reef, and Florida Keys fishing charters–offshore. Many operators choose one specialty, or even a sub-specialty, own a boat suited to that specialty, and take mostly fishing trips within that specialty. Other operators are more generalized.
Ultimate Dream Fishing Adventures would be one of the most generalized, as Capt. Scott Bannerot employs his 20-foot Seacraft Superfisherman everywhere from Islamorada fishing charters–offshore, to Islamorada fishing charters–reef, and all the way west into Florida Bay, the Everglades, and Cape Sable areas on Islamorada fishing charters—back country. Let’s have a look at some of what his clients experience on these assorted adventures
Fishing In Florida Keys – Reef
Looking to go reef fishing in Florida Keys? The Florida Reef Tract is a three to four-mile wide shallow (less than 30 feet deep) calcium carbonate platform that runs first in a northeast to southwest arc, and further down east to west line, approximately 160 miles from Fowey Light off of Miami and Biscayne Bay, all the way to Sand Key Light just southwest of Key West.
The raised backbone of the Florida Keys themselves form the western/northern border of the reef tract, while offshore about 3 ½ miles mostly the shallow platform gives way to a 40 to 65 foot band of reef, which then drops fairly abruptly to 80 to 120 feet. This is the eastern/southern margin of the reef tract. Departing from Islamorada, we have access to the myriad reefs offshore of Key Largo, the Islamorada area, and south towards Long Key and Duck Key.
Hogfish, snappers (yellowtail, mangrove, mutton, cubera, dog, mahogany, vermilion, yelloweye, blackfin, red, queen, and schoolmaster), groupers (gag, black, red, Nassau, goliath, scamp, yellowmouth, strawberry, red hind, speckled hind, snowy, misty, for example), porgies and grunts (assorted species), mackerels (king, cero, Spanish), sharks (hammerhead, bull, lemon, Atlantic sharpnose, dusky, silky, tiger, reef, blacktip, and many others) sailfish, wahoo, numerous species of jacks (permit, amberjack, almaco jack, blue runner, rainbow runner, yellow jack, bar jack, jack crevalle, horse-eye jack, black jack), bonito, blackfin tuna, cobia, barracuda…and numerous other species can pop up too.
P.O. Box 880
Tavernier, FL 33070
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036