Key West Fishing Report

Blackfin tuna Anglers fishing with Capt. Steven Lamp at Dream Catcher Charters Catch Blackfin Tuna


May 13 2013 – Tarpon migration continues, reef bite is strong deep sea fishing is EPIC.


Angler fishing with Tommy Z of Dream Catcher Charters catches this redfish on the flats of Key West..

One can never tell whats going to happen from one day to the next here in Key West. Weather, fishing and even the tides are goofy and tossing surprises at us every time we turn around. It keeps us on our toes though here at Dream Catcher Charters showing our anglers a great time on the waters here off f Key West.

Tarpon Fishing – The tarpon are on the beaches making their way down the coast on the traditional migration pattern. Eating live and artificial bait as well as fly fishing for them. Crabs are starting to do the trick BUT.. there are no crabs to be had anywhere in the Lower Florida Keys. So, we are resorting to artificial and live pin fish. Our trips here at Dream Catchers are producing 2-6 hook ups per half day and the larger fish are running the clock on fight with some battles going longer than one hour no matter how hard we try and wear him out.

We expect the tarpon fishing to stay strong during the day here through till the full moon then the evening bite will prevail. This week we have some winds coming up tuesday making it 20 mph through the end of the week.

Flats Fishing – The shallows are making the spring fishing great. With the return of the permit from the spawning grounds things will be back to normal on the flats by the end of this week. Capt. Tommy  Z of Dream Catchers busted up on some nice redfish here out of Key West with some fish up to 6 lbs in the shallows. Capt. Kyle Walsh and Tommy Z have been harassing the tarpon on the morning and afternoon fishing charters. Capt. Steven and Capt. Kyle Kelso fished the Marquesas Keys this weekend and had some stellar shots at permit with a mix of barracudas. Both boats were unable to seal the deal on the permit but the cudas were fun as well as the Plug fishing for 30 inch black groupers in the shallows.. What a hoot.

The flats are full of all sorts of life.. Don’t be afraid this time of the year to have a top water plug ready to toss at a monster barracuda waiting for a snack while you wait for a shot at a bonefish or permit and on your extreme tides (high and low) don’t forget to cast plugs on your hard bottom in 4-9 ft of water for a snack..


Blackfin tuna

Anglers fishing with Capt. Steven Lamp at Dream Catcher Charters Catch Blackfin Tuna

Deep Sea Fishing –   NOW IS THE TIME… Give us a call to get on one of our boats for some incredible deep sea fishing here out of Key West. The last few days have been EPIC.. Large dolphin up to 50 lbs have been reported with some wahoo and sailfish. Blue Marlin full moon coming up next week should light things up a bit for an added feature to any day of offshore deep sea fishing.

The wrecks and reefs are holding the permit and Mutton snappers as they spawn. We do not condone, recommend, or suggest that ANYONE fish a spawn to catch fish. Its just dumb. There are plenty of legal sized black and red grouper inside the reef on the shallower patches. Capt. Steven was out near the Dry Tortugas on Saturday where they got into some nice sized Blackfin tuna and Groupers fishing behind the shrimp boats.


Here at Dream Catcher Charters we do most of it. And what we do not handle we can certainly point you in the right direction over the phone to get you the Exact experience you desire.


About Capt. Steven Lamp
Dr Catcher Is - Capt. Steven Lamp - Owner of Dream Catcher Charters is a veteran Key West fishing guide for flats fishing, deep sea fishing, wrecks and reef fishing, and fly fishing. An expert waterman and licensed captain since 1986. A Veteran of the United States Coast Guard Heavy Weather Search and Rescue, I.G.F.A. Certified Captain and Standing regional board member of The Florida Fishing Guides Association