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.
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.
*Please contact us if you have special requests for Charter Hours, if booking permits, we can accommodate the requests.
**Please only send a deposit after booking date is scheduled.