Welcome back to Fish Key West Florida, where luck has nothing to do with your fishing success and all four boats in our fleet have the rare but necessary federal permits that allow you to catch and keep Red Snapper on the Gulf side when the season begins in June. But enough bragging– let’s get right down to business with our June fishing report.
A Great First Week of June Fishing in Key West, Florida
June came in with a satisfying bang as Red Snapper season started in the Gulf and the Hal Harvey party took full advantage by catching their limit. Under Captain Rob’s expert guidance, they hauled in the maximum allowed amount of Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper as well, not to mention some beautiful Mahi and African Pompano.
The fishing pyrotechnics continued the rest of the week as Mark Thompson came over from Texas and achieved his goal of eating fresh caught Grouper in Key West and the South Florida trio of Phil, Amy, and Oscar had a mixed bag field day with Captain Jeremy. Another highlight was the Ross party in from Miami, who proved in only four hours that you can catch as many fish in the afternoon as you can in the morning. Meanwhile that same day, Captain Rob took out Robert Hunter and his friends from Georgia on a successful half day charter of their own.
Next, Captain Cory Shephardson helped longtime client Jeff White and his son Jordan play a starring role, with the two gentlemen pulling in a truly monstrous Cobia and enough eating fish to stuff them for days. The week ended with a lot of rain and most Key West fishing boats cancelling their trips for the day. But fortunately for Steven and Ryan Kerr, Captain Ryan found a large enough window of fair weather to help them land plenty of Mutton Snapper and Hogfish on light tackle.
The Bounty of Fish and Fun Continues as Summer Arrives in Key West
It was more of the same as June and our Captains continued their torrid pace. Karl and his friends Tampa Bay caught themselves a Facebook worthy hogfish that set the precedent for a fantastic rest of the day with Captain Jeremy before rain threatened the festivities on the ninth. Undaunted by the elements, Captain Ryan and the Schafers from North Dakota had a Mahi themed 1/2 day charter that sent the whole family home full and happy.
Then, about before the Solstice hit, Captain Jeremy took the Hayden family out for a day of Kingfish and Mahi Mahi. And for an encore, Captain Jeremy helped North Carolina father and son Jim and Dalton have their way with dolphin fish all afternoon and put an ongoing feast of Mahi dinners into their future. The second week of June ended with the Phisogios party from New Hampshire crushing fish all day with Captain Ryan Cross. Their haul included some Blackfin Tuna, heavy doses of Mahi, and a surprise in the form of a gorgeous White Marlin. This was indeed a fortunate catch for the New Englanders, as many fishermen go their whole life without catching a marlin.
Captain Ryan kept things going with a great 1/2 day charter for the Chris Harris party from the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio before Miss Tina and her crew brought in a small army’s worth of dolphin on the 17th. The next few days saw winds of up to 25 knots spring up and punctuate a month of rapidly shifting weather. Fortunately, the only affect of this wind was to make Fish Key West Florida look like heroes to John and Carrie from Chicago when they called at the last minute to make a play for the grouper they wanted for dinner. Their success was ours as they got the grouper they came for, as well as a great story about the gale force winds they braved to get it.
Well, that’s about all we have for June highlights, but you can count on us making things just as eventful come July. Come catch your fill with us next month and you can be sure to read about your exploits right here!