Key West Wreck Fishing Charter

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Key West is home to tons of ship wrecks (hundreds of them) ranging fromĀ a collection of debris on the bottom to the 500 foot long and 120 feet high Vandenburg.

Variety abounds in wreck fishing.

Due to the natureof most wrecks sinking without planning, there are wrecks in all different depths and areas. Some wrecks are in the shallows, in harbor or inshore. Some wrecks such as the airplane and Curb areĀ located past the end of the reef in hundreds of feet of water.

Wrecks based on their location and the time of year can hold a variety of fish.

Bop&LeonBlack

Black grouper, one the most prized fish in the Florida Keys

 

Starting with shallow gulf and inshore wrecks, these wrecks would hold fish such as mangrove snapper, gag and black grouper, barracuda and when the water is colder cobia.

Depth can mean bigger fish but this is not always a rule. The target wrecks can be loaded with big fish and they are in shallow water.

Then there are deep water wrecks such as the Curb, the airplane, the sub, the Wilkes Barre and many more. These wrecks will have fish on the structure deep down, but also often hold large pelegics such as amberjacks, blackfin tun and wahoo in the water column above them.

Bait for fishing the wrecks

Since wrecks and the fish species that inhabit them can be very different wreck to wreck the bait could be almost anything.

Wreck fishing gear

A variety of tackle will used wreck fishing, usually some lighter outfits to target the smaller fishing mid water column and heavier gear on the bottom. The gear needs to be heavy to pull the fish out of the wreck.

What to expect

Mostly when fishing wrecks you anchor up-current of the wreck and feed your baits back to the fish. Bait fish like to congregate just up current of the wrecks and the predator fish will follow them.

This principle applies no matter the depth.

When targeting the fish above the wreck, it is common to drift over the wreck, and then run up current and repeat. This makes it more difficult to target bottom fish but can be more effective on pelagic fish.

This is also how to fish the wreck sometimes when you are sharing it with other boats. Although not everyone will follow this etiquette.

Coolcast
Starting $700

36-foot SeaVee

Up to 6 People

Twin 300 HP Yahmaha

Outcast
Starting $700

29-foot Whitewater Custom

Up to 6 People

Twin 200 HP Yahmaha

Coolwater
Starting $700

33-foot SeaVee

Up to 6 People

Twin 300 HP Yahmaha

We went out with Capt. Colin and had an awesome day. We took a half day charter and let him decide the way to spend it. The water was a little rough so we didn’t go out as far as we may have but we still had a great trip. We snagged an elusive monster grouper three times but he just wanted to tease us so we kept doing our thing and reeling in dinner.

My husband hooked a hefty sized shark but he broke the line before we got him to the boat. So yes, I have some stories about the ones who got away, but we didn’t go home disappointed. Colin cleaned and fileted our fish and recommended restaurants where the chef would prepare it for us. We took our catch to Southernmost Cafe and chef Kevin came to our table and talked about some options and soon delivered a beautiful spread.

It was an amazing experience all around and I highly recommend Captain Colin.

Honor C.

We had a great time with captain Damon!!!

And I don’t even like fishing!! lol we caught a bunch of fish between my husband and i! it was a fun experience!!

Fayelaine N.