Key West Homes, Inc Staff

5 Feisty Creatures To Fish for in the Fabulous Florida Keys

Whether you’re on the docks or taking a charter around the Keys, Florida is full of delicious fish and shellfish to catch. The fish types range from huge grouper to plentiful seatrout. You can even catch yourself some delicious lobster using traps and a little luck. Read on for more information. Here are 5 feisty creatures to fish for in the fabulous Florida Keys! Seatrout You’ll come across small schools of seatrout more often than any of the other creatures on this list. The seatrout are easy to catch if you use live bait, such as shrimp and pinfish. Make sure you use a jig head to bring action to the bait when it grows tired on the line. The jig also helps you bring the line into range of the schools since they pick a particular depth for swimming. Tarpon Since tarpon can grow to a shocking length of eight feet, you will need to head out into the ocean waters to catch these fish. You can hop onto a charter boat to quickly make it into range on your selected fishing days. If you don’t already have the right tackle, pick a charter that supplies all of the correct gear for netting this amazing fish. Watch out for hammerhead sharks in that area as they might take your bait before the tarpon have a chance.                                                                      Lobster                     fl-keys-lobster The well-loved spiny lobster season starts in July with the sport licenses, and then runs from August through March for everyone else. During this time, you can catch up to six lobsters per day as long as the carapace is longer than three inches. You must use a trap that doesn’t damage the lobster’s body in any way and bring the creature home whole. All people fishing for lobsters must hold their own license to qualify for the listed bag limits. Snook The feisty snook is a fun fish to go after. Despite only reaching fifteen pounds in weight on average, these fish will put up quite a fight after being hooked on your line. You’ll need to use thoughtful techniques to tire out the fish before attempting to bring it ashore or on-board your boat. Snook love to hang out in vegetation-covered areas, like near docks and along the shoreline. Grouper You’ll want to fish for grouper in the same areas as snook, but arrive a lot earlier in the day. Check the tide charts to arrive at your fishing spot just before the water start moving in or out. Once you drop your line in the water, the delicious grouper will immediately start biting. Since grouper tip the scales over 100 pounds, make sure you’re using poles and lines rated for their enormous size. jewfish-gilath-grouper1