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Sailfish: Istiophorus platypterus Appearance: Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly, upper jaw elongate in the form of a spear. First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots; squared off front; highest at its mid point pelvic fins are very narrow and reach almost to the anus. Lateral line is curved over the pectoral fin and then straightens to the base of the tail Habitat: Sailfish are an offshore species and are associate with waters near the Gulfstream and near the 100 fathom line. Behavior: Sailfish are a rapidly growing species; they reach 4-5 feet in one year. They feed aggressively on small fish and squid. Off southeast Florida, sailfish move inshore to shallow water and spawn near the surface in summer. Females swim slowly with their dorsal fins above water, accompanied by one or more males when spawning. State Record: 126 lb, caught near Big Pine Key Fishing Tips and Facts: Blue runners, pinfish, mullet, scads, ballyhoo and squid attract cruising sailfish. Sailfish are known for their fast runs, acrobatic jumps and head-shaking attempts to throw a hook. Sailfish tire easily and should be revived after a long fight to ensure their survival. Most anglers release these fish. Additional Information: The sailfish is Florida's state saltwater fish. Its name originates from the greatly enlarged first dorsal fin that runs almost the length of its back and is covered with spots.

Dolphinfish: Coryphaena hippurus Appearance: Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides and has the capability to flash a wide range of colors. The body tapers sharply from head to tail Irregular blue or golden blotches are scattered over the sides. Female's heads slope more than males Habitat: Dolphin are open-ocean fish. The young live in floating sargassum weed. Behavior: Dolphin are fast swimmers and fast growers that live no more than 5 years. Spawning occurs year round in warm oceanic waters. State Record: 81 lb, caught near Lantana Fishing Tips and Facts: Adults eat squid, flying fish and other small fish while cruising weed lines in offshore waters. Troll natural baits such as ballyhoo rigged on #7 or #8 steel wire with a 7/0 or 8/0 hook. They can also be caught on artificial lures, feathers, or spoons. When a schooling dolphin is hooked, the rest of the school will often stay nearby. Chumming cut bait will bring them in and create a frenzy of activity. Dolphin is a favorite seafood item for many people.

​​SCOMBRIDAE FAMILY; also called Bermuda tuna, blackfinned albacore Occurs in tropical and warm temperate waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. There are scattered records of blackfin tuna occurring as far north as Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, but the usual range is from North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The pectoral fins reach to somewhere between the twelfth dorsal spine and the origin of the second dorsal fin but they never extend beyond the second dorsal fin as in the albacore. There is a total of 19-25 (usually 21-23) gill rakers on the first arch (15-19 are on the lower limb), which is fewer than in any other species of Thunnus. The finlets are uniformly dark, without a touch of the bright lemon yellow usually present in those of other tunas. Light bars alternate with light spots on the lower flanks. This is a pelagic, schooling fish that generally feeds near the surface. Its diet consists of small fishes, squid, crustaceans, and plankton. An excellent light tackle species, it can be taken by trolling or casting small baits or lures, including ballyhoo, mullet and other small fishes as well as strip baits, spoons, feathers, jigs, or plugs; or by live bait fishing from boats at the surface of deep waters one to two miles offshore. It has some local commercial importance, but is predominantly an angler's fish. It is a spunky game species and the flesh is of good quality and flavor.

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SCOMBRIDAE FAMILY; also called oahu fish, Pacific kingfish Worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. Pelagic and seasonally migratory, it tends to be a loner or travel in small groups of 2 to 6 fish. There are indications of seasonal concentrations off the Pacific coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Baja California in the summer, off Grand Cayman (Atlantic) in the winter and spring, and off the western Bahamas and Bermuda in the spring and fall. The upper jaw is movable and the teeth are large, strong and laterally compressed. The well defined lateral line dips noticeably near the middle of the first dorsal fin, further forward than on the similar looking tanguigue (Scomberomorus commerson), and is wavy back to the tail. The back is a brilliant, deep, blue sometimes described as metallic or electric blue. Bright blue vertical bands, or “tiger stripes”, flow down the sides onto the silver and sometimes join into pairs on the belly. These beautiful stripes are not, however, always prominent in large specimens and occasionally may be missing entirely. It is found around wrecks and reefs where smaller fish that it feeds upon are abundant, but it may also be found far out at sea. It is reputed to be one of the fastest fish in the sea, attaining speeds of 50 mph (80 km) and more. The first scorching run may peel off several hundred yards of line in seconds. Occasionally, this fish jumps on the strike and often shakes its head violently when hooked in an effort to free itself. Fishing methods include trolling with whole, rigged baits as well as with strip baits or artificial lures. Live bait fishing and kite fishing are productive, but the wahoo is a relatively scarce species and is usually taken incidentally while fishing for other oceanic species. The wahoo has commercial importance in some countries. The flesh is finely grained and sweet and is considered excellent eating.
King Mackerel: Scomberomorus cavalla Florida Regulations: Regulations Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters. Minimum Size Limit 24” fork length Daily Bag Limit 2 per harvester per day Gear Requirements: Legal Gear: hook and line and spearing only Habitat and Fishing Tips: King mackerel are found in both nearshore and offshore waters throughout Florida, often near schools of baitfish. Like many of the pelagic species, kings prefer water temperatures above 68 degrees, so they migrate to warmer waters in the fall of the year. Kings feed primarily on schooling bait fish and squid and are commonly caught while trolling with flashy spoons or duster rigged with a whole cigar minnow. Free lining or slow trolling with live baits (cigar minnows, herring, sardines, blue runners) is a great way to hook the larger and more solitary kings. Free lining a live squid at night, especially over reefs that hold baitfish, can also be very effective. Tackle requirements depend on the size of fish and the method of fishing. Spinning or bait-casting tackle with 20 to 30 pound monofilament line is sufficient when free lining live baits as long as you have enough spool capacity for the initial run after hookup. While kingfish do not have great endurance, they are very fast and will commonly take 100 to 200 yards of line off the reel in the first 30 seconds of the fight. For trolling, 30 to 50 pound trolling tackle is commonly used. Kings have very sharp teeth requiring the use of wire or very heavy monofilament leader.
Hogfish: Lachnolaimus maximus NEW: State waters: The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish at the November Commission meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017. Approved changes include: Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester. Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31. Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length. Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length. Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide. ​Florida Regulations: Regulations Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters Minimum Size Limit 12” fork Daily Bag Limit 5 per harvester per day Gear Requirements: Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net. Reef fish gear requirements apply State Waters Harvest Seasons. Federal waters: 12" TL; 5 per person per day Habitat and Fishing Tips: Hogfish are a reef species that inhabit rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout Florida’s off-shore waters. They are easily identified by their long, hog-like snout, which allows them to feed on bottom-dwelling mollusks and crustaceans. Because they tend to root in the sediment in search of small prey, they are not commonly caught on hook and line. Hogfish are primarily harvested by spearfishing, and they are considered to be of excellent food quality.
Yellowtail Snapper: Ocyurus chrysurus Appearance: Back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower sides and belly with alternating narrow, longitudinal pink and yellow stripes; prominent midlateral yellow stripe begins at mouth and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no dark lateral spot. Habitat: Juveniles INSHORE on grassbeds and back reefs; adults NEARSHORE or OFFSHORE over sandy areas near reefs. Behavior: Found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in midsummer; rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in size; feeds on small fish and invertebrates. State Record: 8 lb 9 oz, caught near Ft. Myers
Species like this wreckfish spend their lives in extreme depths, as deep as 2,000 feet in some cases. Fishing in water 600 feet and deeper isn’t the same as dropping bait over the side on a shallow reef in search of common snapper or grouper. That’s a relatively easy task, but when you’re seeking fish that live in total darkness and frigid temperatures a quarter-mile or more beneath the surface, you need to be prepared. Most people who fish in very deep water use electric reels. Some readers may object to that, and if you’re one of them, you can always opt to fish deep water manually, but that’s quite a chore. Just reeling up a line to change a bait can take 25 minutes or more, depending on the depth you’re fishing, but winding tools like the Reel Crankie, which works in conjunction with a cordless electric drill, can alleviate the pain of that endeavor. “Electric reel manufacturers have developed products to help catch everything from sailfish to swordfish, In the past, electric reels were heavy and cumbersome, and some required special electric converters. Today most reels can operate on a single 12-volt battery and have come down in size. Electric reels have added a new frontier to catching fish in waters as deep as 2,000 feet.”

We operate out of the Bayside Marina located at Bass Pro Shops — World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, MM 81.5 bayside. Charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers maximum. All charters include: Fishing Licenses, Tackle, Dead Bait and Ice. We catch our live bait on the way out. If you would like to have your live bait on the boat, we can arrange for various bait boats to provide it for an additional fee.

We typically leave the dock at 7:30. Please remember to bring sunscreen and snacks, water is provided. Captain Kevin is able to operate effectively without having a mate on board.

Operating without a mate is possible due to the calculated system that Capt. Kevin has in place. This also allows us to keep the expense down, which is ultimately passed on to the customer. It is, however, customary to TIP the Captain 20% as the bulk of his salary is based on gratuity! A first mate will be available by request for an additional fee. Cancellation Policy: 30 days in advance, unless weather is deemed unsafe by The Captain.

Half-day charters: $700 — 4 hours

3/4-day charters: $900 — 6 hours

Full day charters:$1100 — 8 hours

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Tournaments: Book the “Selfish” for your next tournament! The “Selfish” is fully equipped to handle any tournament for any species.

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