Reef Fishing Has Been Awesome!

Black Grouper Black Grouper caught on a trolled plug in Key West.
Black Grouper

Angler holding up a nice black grouper caught with Capt. Steven on a trolled plug West of Key West.

May 25th 2015 – Whats better than a good burger cooked on the grill for Memorial Day as we remember our fallen throughout our nations history? Fish, Grilled Fish and there is no better fish to eat than Key West yellowtail snapper and grouper. At least I don’t think so. If you have gone reef fishing off of Key West in the last week you would know the reef fishing has been OFF THE RAILS!

18 to 120 ft has been holding some amazing fishing here out of Key West for yellowtail and mutton snapper, red and black grouper. Many boats have been reporting clouds of yellow behind the slick as the yellowtail snappers invade to eat the offerings. Reports of great catches of mutton snapper up on the reef are prevalent as the muttons get ready to go spawn next week during the moon. See…  Mutton Snapper Spawn. Grouper are being caught to fill bag limits quickly.

Here are my tip to the DIY guys. Grouper are hitting the big lipped plugs on the troll. I like to pull plugs in the 18 – 25 ft range. Don’t think that a grouper will hesitate to eat a plug that is coming across his little reef 10 ft over head, he will NAIL it. I like all sorts of plugs but they have to swim at least 15 ft deep for me. Pull them at different speeds watching you rod tip to make sure the plug action is good. I keep it to two plugs being pulled. Keep in mind Mutton snapper will ROCK a trolled plug as well if it is being pulled right..

Reef fishing trips can be done a few different ways here at Dream Catcher Charters. We have boats that are dedicated to fishing the reef or you can save yourself a good bit of money and get out on one of our bay boats weather permitting and try your luck. Either way a tasty way to Go fishing in Key West.
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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