My Dry Tortugas fishing charters are a great adventure. Located just 70 miles to the West of Key West is the Dry Tortugas National Park also called Fort Jefferson. This area is Jurassic Park for many species of fish. Everything seems to be bigger out there and the fishing can be amazing.
As a National Park that area comes with many rules and no take zones. I have one of 11 permits that allow me to legally fish in some of these zones with fishing charters. This makes for a really fun day on the water.
Grouper and snapper fishing is incredible. Large mutton snappers, yellowtail snappers with red and black groupers are the prize. Tuna fishing in the spring for black fin tuna behind the shrimp boats is a blast. King fishing is outstanding with live bait and Huge fish up to 65 lbs. Permit and amberjack fishing on the loaded wrecks with huge barracudas we catch on super light tackle. Its not hard to catch a nice bag limit of quality fish in the Dry Tortugas National Park. Any of the Key West fish species can be caught here.
After a brief on the safety and a conversation of what my anglers would like to do out there we depart just after day break. Sometimes we stop to hit my bait traps for fresh bait then head toward the fort. There are some fun stops along the way for the light tackle enthusiasts or we can head straight for the meat. Its about an 1.75 hour run to get to the start of the grounds I like to fish. All of the legal the fish caught are the property of the anglers. The gear I use is nothing but the best from DAIWA names such as “dog fight” “Saltiga” “Saltist” all loaded with Samurai braided line.
I can take up to four persons fishing the Dry Tortugas with some exceptions for a 5th. I cary a mate to make the fishing more productive. Trip lengths of 8 or 10 hours. Bottom fishing can be tough for more than three anglers at same time, often taking turns is the result.
Trips Can be booked from May – December and will be weather dependent. I supply everything you will need for fishing. I prefer you use my rods and reels. There will also be ice filled cooler with bottled waters and an additional cooler with ice for your catch. I will also filet and bag your fish for you at the end of our trip. All the fish we catch belong to you, unless you want to give them to me.