TRIP OVERVIEW

REEF FISHING

We fish the reef year round in the Florida Keys, but the primarily focus on it is from October – April. The reef line runs parallel with the Keys and is an average distance of 4 miles off shore. The reef drops from an average depth of 60’ on top to 90’ on the bottom. We use all sorts of fishing techniques while on the reef, so don’t think it’s strictly bottom fishing! Charter boats use all sorts of fishing methods including bottom fishing, trolling, kite fishing, drift fishing, and sight fishing.

Common reef fish are sailfish, snapper, grouper, barracuda, cobia, mackerel, shark, wahoo, etc. We also catch the occasional mahi and tuna while fishing with live baits, so you have to be ready for everything! Usually they are further offshore but they can be a nice surprise. Many of the fish we catch while reef fishing make good table fare too! So whether you bring some home or just take a bag of fresh fish to a local restaurant, you’ll enjoy your catch!

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Species commonly targeted on the reef.

Yellowtail Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Cero Mackerel

SPECIES LIST

REEF FISHING POSSIBLE CATCHES

  • Yellowtail Snapper
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Mutton Snapper (small-medium)
  • Lane Snapper
  • Grunts
  • Hog Snapper
  • Amberjack
  • Yellowjack
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Pompano
  • African Pompano
  • Black Grouper
  • Red Grouper
  • Gag Grouper
  • Strawberry Grouper
  • Rock Hind
  • Scamp
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Bonita (False Albacore)
  • Skipjack Tuna
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Cero / Spanish/ King Mackerel
  • Sailfish

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“We caught 16 nice Yellowtail Snapper ranging from 16-18 inches, 2 huge King Mackerel and some really nice Cero Mackerel all on a half day trip! Will fish on the Calcutta every year we come down! “

STEVE, FLORIDA

“Great Captain and Crew, really good with our kids and accommodating towards beginners like us”

HICKS FAMILY, MI