Reef Fishing Report

Mutton Snapper Our very own Island Genn holds up a nice Key West mutton snapper.

November 3rd 2013 – Winds and seas are higher but the bite is on!

Every year Key West goes through the winds of November. We never know exactly when they will come but they always do. I know it sounds funny coming from a fishing guide telling folks we welcome the change. Yes, we welcome the winds with the higher seas and yes… The Awesome fishing.

There is not an easy gauge to reef fishing. I will keep my resources a secret but will tell you this.. These guys are accurate as hell. Last week we had our first “official” blow of the 13-14 winter season. Before the blow the reef bite was off, not way off but tough. twisted current and bad fishing for snapper and grouper across the board. Bring on the winds of last week and WHAM it was like a switch. I know a couple guys that were fishing when the winds made the “switch” and they said it went from fishing to catching in about 15 minutes. Thats awesome when you are out there and actually see the dynamics of mother nature in action.

Last week I was out myself and got into some nice grouper and snapper action with some fun clients of mine. Black groupers, red groupers, mutton snappers and mangrove snappers were the deal. Easy fishing too, we were just using jigs and a little live bait to make it happen and came home with over 50lbs of filets.

The yellowtail bite is brutal. With the winds our water clarity is muddied up and the fish are chewing off the transom when chummed up. Catching a limit of NICE yellowtail snapper in November is not rocket science but it sure is tasty. Whats really cool about the yellowtail fishing this time of the year is the fact on the crappier days you don’t need to get your ass handed to you.. Stay short and work the inside patch reefs.. We catch them with our fishing clients all the time right there.

Forecast.. November and December is the time for trolling.. Yup. Get out your big bad lipped plugs and lets get some Groupers before the feds close the season in January. Here at Dream Catcher Charters we troll for grouper on the patch reefs to get our anglers some tasty fare for the dinner table. a fun way to fish and catch. You gotta hold your tongue right but they will eat and be eaten.

We offer reef fishing charters in every dynamic you can imagine.. Give us a call and see what we have available and let us help you build the trip you want.

Capt. Steven Lamp aka DrCatcher
Dream Catcher Charters

Want to do some reef fishing? Dinner Fare? Snappers?
Call Us.. 305-292-7212
We are in the snappers every day. Inshore and Offshore always calm and fun.
Trips start at $425.00 for 4 hours. 

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