End Of April Shaping up Nicely Deep Sea Fishing

mahi mahi (dolphin) Deep Sea Fishing Report Key West

April 24, 2024 – Deep Sea Fishing Report for Key West, Florida is pretty good. We are coming into our best fishing season for deep sea fishing in Key West.

The weather in Key West, Florida, has been almost ideal for deep sea fishing enthusiasts. Throughout the week, we’ve experienced mostly clear skies with occasional cloud cover. The temperatures have ranged from the low 70s to the mid-80s, providing comfortable conditions for anglers out on the water. Winds have been up and down, averaging around 10-22 knots, with occasional gusts up to 25 knots. The Gulf Stream has been snaking its way in and out some days closer than others and has contributed to some exciting fishing opportunities in the deep sea waters off the coast of Key West.

Deep Sea Fishing Report

Anglers targeting deep sea species have enjoyed productive outings this week. The waters surrounding Key West are teeming with a diverse array of fish, providing anglers with plenty of action and opportunities to reel in some impressive catches. Here are some of the highlights:

Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin Fish): Mahi-mahi fishing has been excellent, many of the boats are reporting multiple hookups throughout the day. These colorful and acrobatic fish have been found near weed lines, floating debris, and under the birds. Some days we had to make a run for it out to 700 – 900 ft and other days we are hooking them in less than 500. Anglers targeting mahi-mahi have also encountered schools of smaller fish, providing non-stop action and excitement.

Wahoo Caught on board the INXS out of Key West.

Wahoo fishing has been productive, particularly for anglers venturing out to deeper waters beyond the reef. A few wahoo have been caught in the last days of the full moon. Wahoo are known for their blistering runs and aggressive feeding behavior, making them a prized catch among experienced anglers.

Blackfin tuna have been abundant around offshore wrecks and humps, providing anglers with exciting battles on light tackle. Jigging with metal jigs or live baiting with pilchards and small fish have been effective techniques for targeting these voracious predators. The INXS out of Key West put some nice tunas in the box for their anglers just the other day.

Sailfish action has been steady, with anglers encountering these majestic billfish both offshore and along the reef edge. Slow trolling with live bait or kite fishing techniques have been very productive in enticing strikes from sailfish. Anglers targeting sailfish have also had success with trolling using teasers, drawing aggressive strikes from these acrobatic fish.

blackfin tunas and skip jack tuna
Mixed bag of tuna deep sea fishing out of Key West

Fishing Forecast

The Key West deep sea fishing prospects in Key West, Florida, remain excellent as we head into the late spring season. With favorable weather conditions hopefully on the horizon and abundant fish populations, anglers can expect plenty of action and opportunities for memorable catches. Whether targeting pelagic species offshore or bottom-dwelling fish along the reef, Key West offers world-class fishing experiences for anglers of all skill levels.

Fishing Charters

This is a really busy time to go fishing In Key West offshore. Booking ahead will really help you get a good boat to fish out of. Also using local services or calling the charter direct are the best way to insure you get a real booking. Don’t hesitate to call my office and check our schedule on board my deep sea fishing boat the INXS or see who is available to take you out and whack some mahi, tuna, wahoo or sailfish.

Call Us Direct here In Key West
Office Ask For Island Genn 1-305-292-7212
Text Us 1-786-847-3808
Email islandgenn@me.com

Tight lines and good luck to all anglers heading out on the water in pursuit of their next big catch!

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