Permit On The Wrecks

Permit fish

Permit caught with Capt. Steven Lamp fishing the wrecks West of Key West, Florida.

June 28 2015 – Summertime means calm waters, hot days and great fishing for permit on the wrecks here in Key West.  If permit are on your bucket list or you just like the hard pulling, unpredictable nature and great photo fish – June, July and August are a great time of the year to catch one on the wrecks.

Wreck fishing for permit is undoubltly easier than trying to hunt down, stalk, cast to and get a tailing permit to eat on the flats. (Which by the way is also really good in the Summer and Fall.) Same bait is required but the factor of many more fish in a group, deeper water and less wary fish makes it a different easier game.

Wrecks off of Key West are numerous and easy to get to within reason. With a decent set of GPS numbers of the named wrecks you can find anywhere on the internet by googling “GPS Numbers for wrecks off of Key West” and walla you have some spots to check out. Or your local Key West wreck fishing permit specialist will have a mess of spots to take you to as well if you hire one as your fishing guide. (recommended)

permit Key West

Up close and personal with a Permit out of Key West. Rubber lips.. 

Although as a fishing guide I think its easy, wreck fishing for permit can be difficult to the DIY guy who has not done it. Approach, rigging, visual ability and sound can all have a factor in your success on the wrecks for permit. As a default I always tell folks its way easier to hire a proven wreck fishing guide out of Key West and your chances of bagging these monster Man Hole Cover fish will sky rocket. We know our wrecks, tides and in some cases the fish that hang out there and behavioral patterns.

I fish about 15 different spots for permit. The reasons I chose a spot is based on a few things but most importantly, when I fish for permit there the last time. Wrecks that are very popular are the hardest to catch a permit on. Why? cause every person with that spot goes there as soon as he can to bag his silver sided radar dish of  a fish. So I base a visit to a spot on who I see out and about, if I saw a guy on it yesterday and when I was there last time. Some of the wrecks I fish are very small and not well known and those do me the best favors. It doesn’t take a lot of structure to hold permit which helps to not be found so easy. One of the wrecks I fish has about 6 ft long by 3 ft tall showing from the bottom but covered in permit in about 18ft of water.

Natural structure can also be a good thing when hunting for permit. In some of the areas I frequent there are huge coral towers that permit seemingly orbit around. Its pretty cool and generally passed up by most of the others in search of the “round ones”.

The wreck fishing charters we do here for permit out of Key West are full day trips. here at Dream Catcher Charters we do have some fish on some structures closer that can be done in a 4 hour but your odds of catching are much better on our “All In Wonder” full day trip.

Booing a trip with us for wreck fishing for permit is easy.. 
Call My Office.. 1-305-292-7212 Speak to Island Genn. 

Pro Tip.. I use my typical tarpon fishing set up. My rigging consists of a Daiwa Saltiga 3500 serries filled with 20lb Samurai braided line. I use braided line to feel the bite and react to it faster. Attached at the business end I use 20b Fleurocarbon leader to an Owner 3/0 SSW hook.

Once hooked up.. Be sure to just let the fish run if he is headed away from the wreck or structure. Let him feel like that is the way to safety and he will keep going. This will separate him from the school, disorientate him and ultimately keep him from getting wrapped up in the structure.


Tips For Toothy Survival Key West Fishing

Wire or not to wire, that is the question…..

The winter brings some great toothy critter fishing to Key West. Along with that we also have some stellar Yellowtail snapper, Mutton snapper and Sail fishing. When fishing for everything you can, your going to get cut off – ALOT by Cero , kingfish and spanish mackerel if you don’t use wire, and if you do use wire, You may not get the quality fish you were looking for.. So here is a tip I learned from fly fishing for hug barracudas with a fly rod in the Marquesas Keys on the flats.

Light tackle Light wire.. I use #2 wire. [Read more…]

Booking A Key West Fishing Charter – Insight

Insiders Look Into Booking A Fishing Charter. 

I took the time out to write a page about booking a fishing charter in Key West. The marketing stigmas, tricks and some of the misleading things a prospecting angler may see.

In my first segment called. Insight To Booking a Key West Fishing Charter I cover marketing phrases used to sway a prospecting angler one way or another and the reality of what it will earn the buyer when he books. Also I cover the differences of booking a fishing guide directly, through a booking service or using the concierges.

It’s a good read that I am sure will ruffle a few feathers here locally.

Check It Out Click Here. 

Next segment will be about Bait and Switch, Fuel Surcharges and Hired Captains. The good the bad and the differences.

Fishing Report For September

Key West bonefishing is incredible. Tailing fish with amazing fight and fun.

Key West Fishing Report

The fall is my favorite time of the year to fish here in Key West. The temps come down and the people leave. Not that I do not like having people here in Key West… its just that its nice not having anyone else out there.

Many fishing guides and charters go on vacation this time of the year. We do not. We think Now Is The Time to go fishing in Key West. We have spent the last 18 years turning the slow season into prime fishing season and our anglers come here in the droves because of it.

The flats fishing this time of the year is EPIC. Big bonefish here in Key West all the way out to the Marquesas Keys are the targets in the tailing waters. Permit up on the higher tides and working the edges with many tarpon still around for some aerobatic fun.

Offshore things do slow a bit as the dolphin fishing wanes. BUT.,. the deep drop fishing can be awesome should the dolphin bite be slow. There are few things more fun than catching a fish that lives in 500++ feet of water like a Snowy Grouper or a Black Bellied Rose fish. Cool Stuff. Lots of fun..

Reef fishing is great.. We have yellowtail action with mutton snappers all over the place.. Lots of food fish to be had and easy to get to. Fuel prices have gone up, so thats a good thing.

Dream Catcher Charters offers all these fishing charters and more..

Drop us a Line.. We are still here and ready to roll for you.. 305 292 7212

Used Mercury Outboards

At Dream Catcher Charters we have 8 boats all powered by Mercury Marine. We love our Mercury’s and it shows with our impressive line up of 300 Verados, 300 Opti Max, 150 4 stroke, 175 and 250 Pro XS opti max engines.To make things perfect in our world, we sell these motors every year. Each and every one of them goes up for sale 10 months after we hang it on a transom…

Go To Our Listing Page and See What We Have For Sale..

Used Mercury Outboards.

Why You Ask?

Simply because our customers deserve and expect us to be using the latest in technology from the number one outboard motor in the country. The marine technology is constantly changing and we want to keep up. These motors run perfect and have a flawless maintenance history with oil changes and filter replacements every 100 hours.

Our Mercury Outboards are backed by at least a 3 year warrantee. Thats 2 years of no drive train expenses except for maintenance, PLUS we offer a very affordable 3 and 4 year extended full factory backed warrantee. That comes with a discount of over a 30% from buying new. A great opportunity for someone that does not have the dough to buy new and still wants the best technology for fuel efficiency and ease of boating.

We carry Verado, Optimax and 4 strokes. We do not carry or sell or promote other brands. Furthermore you will never see us list  a motor that does not have a warrantee and has not been meticulously maintained.

Used Mercury Outboard Motors is where you can find our listing of previously loved motors. Check it out.

I am Capt. Steven Lamp and I stand behind each and every one of our “Foster Motors”.

Call me 305 304 0497 to see about one of our previously loved motors.