8:00 AM, 1:00 PM
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Enjoy the excitement of saltwater light tackle fishing as you hunt the reefs and wrecks for a world record catch with your own private boat & expert guide.Highlights
- World-class multi-species fishing with a local expert guide.
- Great fishing fun for all ages and experience levels.
- Fully-equipped modern sport fishing boat reserved solely for you and your party.
- Top-of-the-line fishing equipment, bait, tackle, and ice all included free.
- Clean restrooms, comfortable seating, and plenty of cooler space for your snacks and beverages.
- Authorized reseller of FishKeyWest.com™ Charters.
When the conditions are right and the bite is on, the waters off Key West offer some of the world’s best multi-species saltwater light tackle fishing. On a typical morning, your captain might pull up on the GPS coordinates of a favorite wreck, or anchor over a productive piece of structure out along the reef edge. While the chum slick is spreading and the mate preps the rods, you look over the side, down through the clear water, to see a swarm of fish gathering in a feeding frenzy. Colorful Snappers hit small chunks of the bait, silver flashes indicate the high-speed passes of Barracuda or Cero Mackerel, and large, shadowy shapes circle gracefully below in the deeper water. Sharks, Amberjack, big Permit, Goliath Grouper – it could be anything down there.
Your pulse quickens as you take the rod, flip the reel to free spool, and let your bait head for the bottom. The mate is starting you out with a little heavier gear, more weight, and a nice fat chunk of bait so you can get down past the milling mass of Snapper and other small table fish to where the real predators are waiting for their chance to eat something big. Sure enough, you don’t even hit bottom before your rod bends almost double and the drag starts screaming. Fish on!
In freshwater, the short definition of light tackle is simply spin-casting or fly fishing gear, with the rod and line being the primary factors in establishing whether a particular set up is medium-heavy, light, or super light. Out on the saltwater, light tackle fishing is characterized by a move away from trolling on a big boat equipped with a Tuna tower, a fighting chair, and a full harness that straps the fisherman to a short, super-stiff rod equipped with a huge reel. Saltwater light tackle angling evolved from freshwater fishing, where ultra-light to medium-heavy spinning and bait casting gear is used to throw artificial lures or bait at species like Large- and Smallmouth bass, Walleye Pike, Trout, Perch, Sunfish and others. When some of the same gear was taken offshore and used on such ocean gamefish species as Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Striped Bass, Sea Trout, Snook, and Tarpon, fisherman realized that light tackle made the fishing and fights far more challenging, sporting, and exciting.
Saltwater light tackle fishing has boomed in recent years, and tackle manufacturers now use the latest in advanced technology to produce specialty tackle that can stand up to the tough conditions and hard-fighting fish found offshore while still providing the angler with excellent sensitivity and the ability to cast lighter lures and baits when needed. This type of fishing is not a matter of having a gutless, soft-action rod, it is about mastering the art of balancing a minimalist combination of high-performance gear against the type and size of fish you are most likely to hook. On a Fish Key West charter, your guide will outfit you with a professional-grade rod that combines the light weight and extreme sensitivity that make landing smaller fish fun with the powerful backbone and fast action needed to make long, accurate casts and bring bigger, hard-fighting game fish to the boat within a reasonable amount of time.
The Fish Key West light tackle fishing guides use experience and skill to carefully match light tackle rigs to water conditions, target species, and fishing style. And the best thing about Key West Light Tackle Fishing is the opportunity to use a wide variety of fishing styles to target many different sport fish species in all types of water. While Key West inshore waters like the Flats and Backcountry have always attracted light tackle fishermen, advances in rod and line technology now put light gear on open ocean boats. You may be drift-fishing for Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Shark, Tuna, and Wahoo, dropping live bait or jigs on the reefs and wrecks for fast action on Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, and Snapper, or surface fishing the waters above a wreck with live bait or lures to draw awesome top-water strikes from Barracuda, Bonita, and Kingfish.
Cool Key West, Key West’s number 1 online concierge service, now has the honor of being an authorized reseller of the legendary FishKeyWest.com™ Private Saltwater Light Tackle Charters. This means we can offer full access to light tackle trips led by the expert captains and guides of Fish Key West. These fishermen are masters of the Key West waters, and decades of experience make them experts in bringing together time, location, technology, and technique to help you catch fish. Their light tackle boats are top-of-the-line craft with powerful, quiet motors, modern fishing and communication electronics, cabins or T-Tops for shade, comfortable seating, clean bathrooms, and coolers for snacks, drinks, and fish. All necessary bait and tackle are provided free, with top quality, well-maintained, professional-level fishing equipment standard on every Fish Key West light tackle boat. Try out gear built by manufacturers like Abaco, Blackfin, Crowder, Diawa, Ilander, Penn International, and Shimano, all set up by pros who haul fish out of Key West waters for a living. And of course, experienced fishermen are always welcome to bring their favorite personal rod and reel.
Whether your party includes expert fishermen or kids holding their first rod, on a Fish Key West Private Light Tackle Fishing Charter, everything is set up for you personally and no one will be going home disappointed. Key West is the birthplace of Saltwater Light Tackle Fishing, and the majority of world record fish recorded in the Keys are caught on light tackle. Contact Cool Key West today to begin planning the hunt for your own world record on the custom light tackle fishing trip of your dreams.