Reef Fishing Key West Is Full Of Food Fish

Key West reef fishing for yellowtail snappers, grouper A nice bag of fish for these anglers last week fishing with me on my 36 Yellowfin

September 27 2020 – The weather has been amazing for being offshore. With light winds these last few days with clear skies makes for amazing days on the water for us to get out and go reef fishing off of Key West for food fish. Frankly, Whether your game is deep sea fishing for dolphin, wahoo or blacken tunas or hitting the reef for some serious snapper fishing and filling the box with good eats to take to local restaurant or home the past week has been great fishing. Check out the latest Key West deep sea fishing report to see what I am talking about.

Reef Fishing Report for Key West

Red Grouper
Red Grouper sandwiches for these guys.

The bait is starting to show up a little early. We are seeing hoards of ballyhoo in the Gulf and many have made their way out to the reef line just South and West of Key West to start feeding our massive snapper population. Bait is the key. When I see lots of ballyhoo on the reef I think of them as natural chum bags. As they do their thing along the tops of the reef line the cero mackerels come crashing thorough to tear them up. Under that mayhem are the nice sized yellowtail snappers and mutton snappers gobbling it all up the pieces and parts of what is left.

All of the reef fishing trips I had recently really paid off (see images) with a nice bag of fish.

Reef Fishing Forecast

Mutton Snapper Dinner
Mutton snappers make excellent dinner guests.

I am almost certain that the hurricane season of 2020 is behind us. My marker is the South East states getting temps in the 50s. Once that happens the Northerly weather patterns prevail over our tropical patterns. As the state of Florida moves away from all the COVID restrictions we are moving into an early fall for fishing and THAT is super exciting for reef fishing and not something you will want to miss. All the way through December the Ballyhoo will be stacking up on the reef bringing the good eating snappers to the table – literally.

Here at Dream Catcher Charters we have a couple ways to get out to the reef and put some meat in the box. The main way we do it is in our 36 ft Yellowfin center console, powered by 3 300 Mercury Verado V-8s. She is fast and super comfortable getting our anglers to the good fishing grounds.

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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