Reef and Wreck Fishing in Key West offers
many species of fish equal to what we find offshore. Snapper, grouper,
amberjack, permit, cobia, african pompano, tarpon and sharks all
swim in the same areas around reef and wreck habitat. On any given
species may be available.
Some of the species available inshore are:
Permit range in weight from 30 to 50 lbs.
Permit are generally caught by sight casting using crabs, small
jig heads, or shrimp.
Permit are known for their power and endurance
which makes them an excellent fish on light tackle.
The best Permit-fishing
time in the keys is the spring season.
Here in Key West we catch many varieties of Grouper,
but the most common is the Black Grouper. These fish average 15-40
lbs. but can
top 100 lbs.
Grouper like to live around wrecks and on the reef.
When fishing for grouper, we will generally drift with live baits
in order to
draw them away from their holes. Grouper strike aggressively and
Being one of the tastiest fish makes it an extra
Grouper are caught year round in Key West.
Snapper - Mutton snapper, yellowtail
snapper, gray snapper
We catch many varieties of snapper in Key
West. Snapper range from 2 to 35 lbs., with the exception of the
Cubera Snapper which can exceed 100 lbs.
Snapper are strong fighters
and are caught from the shallowest of water to depths reaching
250 feet. To catch them we use live baits
and chunks of cut bait on spinning or stand up tackle.
common to the Keys year-round.
African Pompano are large, flattened fish, silvery
in color. Adults average 15 lbs. to 30 lbs., sometimes going over
50 lbs. The Florida
record is 50.5 lbs.
Pompano is best fished with light-tackle and,
when hooked, will fight and circle, making full use of its flat
side to get away. This
fish is excellent eating! Best times to catch Pompano: Year-round,
Barracuda The Great Barracuda is commonly found
among wrecks and artificial reefs. These fish average around 5-15
lbs., but can top 30 lbs. inshore to 50 lbs. offshore. The Florida
record is 67 lbs.
Aboard the Odyssea, we fish for Barracuda
with live bait. Once caught, these fish have great strength and
the fight, taking
long runs and wild jumps.
Barracuda is excellent eating ONLY when
small (5lbs and under).
Best times to catch Barracuda: Year-round.
Tarpon are long, thick fish with colors of steel
blue and silver. Tarpon are larger fish ranging from 20 to 75 lbs.
and can sometimes
exceed 150. The Florida record is 243 lbs!
When hooked, Tarpon put
on an acrobatic show, jumping frequently on their long, powerful
runs. The Odyssea fishes for Tarpon using
live baits or by shrimp trash that we get from the local shrimp
boats. Tarpon season is the springtime.
Kings are heavy bodied fish with
small razor sharp teeth. Their elongated body is built for speed
which has earned them the nickname "smokers".
for Kings using live pilchards or blue runners on spin, plug,
or conventional type tackle.
The best time to catch Kings are the
months of December through April.
Cobia resemble sharks when in the water,
usually brown or dark gray and white. Adults average 20 lbs. to
50 lbs., sometimes going over 80 lbs. The Florida record is 114.5
Bringing a Cobia to the boat is a little tricky.
You first need to get them clear of any obstructions they can wrap
your line around.
This fish is excellent fresh and smoked! Best times to catch Cobia:
December through May.