December 3, 2014 Key Largo Reef Fishing Report

The winter time fishing in Key Largo has been action packed lately. I fish just twenty minutes south of Key Largo, and we have been catching both pelagic species and bottom dwellers. A few of my charters wanted to focus on big fish, so we spent much of the day kite fishing with live bait. Each day we put in atleast a couple hours doing that we had shots at sailfish, releasing them on 3 of my last 4 trips. Now winter time is definitely not prime time for mahi mahi, but I always say you never know what you’re going to catch off the Florida Keys! One day we had 2 young kids and their parents, and they caught a double digit number of mahi, and the day before we caught half a dozen. There’s been a couple blackfin tuna and king mackerel around the reef and wrecks too. While bottom fishing on the reef we’ve been catching plenty of fish for a few dinners while you’re on vacation too. We’ve had all sorts of snapper, including yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton. As well as a few red and black grouper. Grouper season closes on January 1st, so make sure to get out there this December and catch a few for dinner! Let me know if you’d like to book a private fishing charter on my boat the Bn’M II, which is at Bud n’ Mary’s at mile marker 79.8. Send me an email to bnmcharters@gmail.com

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 

8/21/14 Deep Sea Fishing report south of Key Largo

We get a lot of people who come down to go fishing in Key Largo, and they are more than willing to drive the extra 20 minutes south to where the best offshore fishing in the Florida Keys is! The fishing conditions are changing a little bit offshore now, with the mahi thinning out some, but the blackfin tunas becoming more reliable on the humps. There’s also some big sharks around too. We should see mahi and tuna the next couple months, but the mahis probably won’t be as good as they were in June and July. The swordfishing charters have been consistent overall this summer, We’ve been catching fish on about 75% of our charters, and some days yielding multiple fish. the biggest one we had this summer was 212 lbs, and most are 50 – 120. It takes patience though, because you are fishing for a bite or two all day. We had some big “slammer” mahi this summer, including a 57 lb bull on the Bn’M II. I have my boat, the Bn’M II,¬† 1995 36′ Jersey Devil Express Sportfish boat for sale, if anyone is interested. If you’d like to go fishing send me an email at bnmcharters@gmail.com and I’ll try to get you out!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 

8-24-13 August deep sea fishing in Key Largo

There’s been some great fishing the past few weeks while offshore fishing in Key Largo. We’ve been leaving from 20 miles south of there, and been fishing from anywhere from the edge of the reef to 30 miles out. The reef has provided lots of action with yellowtail snapper and a few mutton snapper, a little further out on the wrecks we have also caught some vermillion snapper and amberjack, and then out in the gulf stream we have been catching mahi and blackfin tuna… We’ve have also been doing some swordfishing and been picking away at some fish. It hasn’t been easy but we have caught some nice fish the last month, but with the good days there has been some real slow days with no broadbill as well. We should still have plenty of snapper and blackfin tuna coming up this fall, as well as some mahi but there might not be quite as many as there has been lately.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

7-14-13 Offshore Fishing in Key Largo in Mid July

The deep sea fishing in Key Largo has been pretty productive lately. We had a few tough days, but still managed to catch plenty of fish for dinner every trip. Fishing just a 20 minute drive south of Key Largo we have been trolling on the humps and catching blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna, a couple big amberjack, and some mahi mahi on the way in and out. We had a daytime swordfish charter two days ago and went 2 for 2 on swordfish. They weren’t monsters, but both were legal fish, we got some great under water pics of the second fish. One day we did a little “deep dropping” , fishing the bottom in 700′ of water and caught 3 big barrel fish up to 26 lbs. The Reef Fishing has been very good and the most consistent bet the last couple of weeks. There’s been plenty of yellowtail snapper, a handful of nice mutton snapper, some big mangrove snapper, and a couple of groupers and sharks mixed in. Some of the days were tough on mahi and we were able to stop at the reef on the way home for dinner.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

6-26-13 Key Largo Deep Sea Fishing Report

It’s officially summer time here in Key Largo which means it’s time for Mahi! The bite the last few weeks has been pretty good overall, and there’s been fish of all sizes. We are having to measure some fish to see if they are legal size, and then we’ve had some nice bulls up to 30 lbs. There’s also been quite a few “football” size blackfin tuna on the humps south of key largo. The swordfishing has been a little tough lately, but we did manage two nice fish, one around 110 lbs and the other around 130 lbs. I imagine the mahi fishing will remain good, the tuna bite should improve, and hopefully the sword bite turns into a great bite like it did last year at this time. Make the drive a few miles south and send us an email when you’re ready to go fishing.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

bnmcharters@gmail.com

6-7-13 Summer Time fishing in Key Largo

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here while fishing in Key Largo. We have been going Key Largo Deep Sea fishing mostly, out in search of mahi, tuna, and wahoo. The mahi bite has been really good so far this year, it finally slowed up a little the last week, but still decent fishing. We had some nice fish the past few weeks, most days have 4 or 5 fish from 15 – 35 lbs, and then 10 – 20 schoolies. The past couple days we have had lots of schoolies, but I’m sure we’ll get on some of the big ones again soon. We’ve been catching the occasional wahoo while trolling, as well as a few little “football” blackfin tunas. Today we caught our limit of mahi in the morning and then decided to anchor down for some reef fishing, we wound up catching our limit of yellowtail snapper in 90 minutes before calling it a day. We caught 2 daytime swordfish last week on one trip, about 40 and 60 lbs, and then we fished a couple days later with no sword action, but we did have some nice mahi. There should be plenty of mahi the next few weeks and hopefully the sword bite picks up like it did last year at this time. It’s worth the 20 minute drive south of Key Largo to go fishing in Islamorada! There has also been some nice mutton snappers and black groupers while bottom fishing on the reef! Send us an email when you’re ready to get out on a charter!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk bnmcharters@gmail.com

 

 

Key Largo Fishing in the middle of May

The fishing in Key Largo has been great lately! The reef has been providing tons of action with yellowtail snapper and a couple of grouper. The Mahi have been twice as good this year as last year, including some real nice bulls. Around the wrecks there has been some sharks as well as some goliath grouper too if you’re looking for a really big pull. Make the 20 minute drive south of Key Largo and go on a great Fishing Trip! Send me an email and I’ll get you out on an offshore key largo fishing charter! We also have been doing some daytime swordfishing and we didn’t catch one our last trip, but we did pull the hook on a very large broadbill. However we did catch 1 the trip before that and then 2 the trip before that!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

bnmcharters@gmail.com

4-21-13 Offshore Fishing in Key Largo in Mid April

The Offshore fishing in Key Largo has been pretty active lately. We’ve been catching a little bit of everything, and doing quite a variety of fishing. The Shark fishing has been very exciting lately. We caught 5 tiger sharks our last 3 shark trips from 400 – 700 lbs. All catch and release. We also had a couple bull sharks mixed in too. We’ve had a couple good days on the mahi and a couple slow days. They are really just starting to show up so it’s still a little early to count on them. Our best day was 35 fish, mostly schoolies but we did gaff a few up to 8 lbs. The amberjack bite is on fire! We caught 6 amberjacks yesterday with 3 bruisers over 50 lbs. They make great smoked fish dip and decent table fare. We have better eating fish so we usually don’t eat them as much as other places, but they’re definitely edible! We been catching yellowtail, vermillion, and mangrove snapper as well when we wanted dinner! A couple weeks ago we also had some good sailfishing, catching 3 one afternoon and then 6 the following day. The sails have thinned out now, but we might see some more here soon. The permit showed up on the reef the past few weeks and we have caught a handful of them, including some real beauties weighing in the 30 lb class range. On the reef we also had a cobia yesterday and saw another one that didn’t bite. Send me an email when you’re looking to get out on a key largo fishing charter and we’ll hook you up! We are only twenty minutes south and fish the same waters!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

bnmcharters@gmail.com

4-6-13 Offshore fishing report for Key Largo

Sorry I haven’t given you guys more of a recent key largo fishing report! I have been fishing almost every day and today I’m gonna tell you what I’ve been catching a little south of Key Largo! Overall the past few weeks the fishing has been decent. Mixed bags are the name of the game when fishing in Key Largo in April. We have still be focusing on the reef lately, doing everything from live baiting with kites, slow trolling live baits, and bottom fishing. We hit some nice cobias earlier this week, including this 40 lber. We had some really good king mackerel fishing, with fish up to 25 lbs. The snapper bite has been pretty good too, including everything from lane, yellowtail, mutton and vermillion! We have also be doing some Shark fishing in the Florida Keys and caught and released a nice hammerhead today weighing close to 200 lbs and earlier in the week we released a giant 500 lb tiger shark! We also have been doing some wreck fishing catching amberjack, releasing goliath grouper, african pompano, etc. I got out one day Swordfishing in Key Largo, on the 21st of March, and it wasn’t a red hot bite, we waited the entire day for 1 bite actually, but fortuantely our hook was sharp and after a 30 minute battle we landed a respectable 115 lb broadbill swordfish. We have also been releasing many shallow water groupers (blacks, reds, and gags) the past few weeks since the season is close until May 1st. We caught a couple sailfish the past few weeks, but the bite has definitely been on the slower side, and for action there better things to do! Let me know when you’re down in Key Largo and want to go fishing! It’s worth the 20 minute drive south!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

bnmcharters@gmail.com

3-15-13 Offshore Key Largo Fishing Report in mid March

The past week has been a little windy while doing our key largo fishing. It hasn’t stopped us from getting out though, we’ve stayed on the edge of the reef most days, but we did venture out further one day for some shark fishing. The yellowtail snapper bite has been pretty good overall the past week, there’s also been a few cobia when the conditions are right with good visibility, there’s been plenty of barracuda action, the king mackerel bite has been spotty, but we did have one great day with our limit of fish up to 31 lbs, There’s been a couple mutton snapper in the mix and we have been releasing lots of grouper (shallow water groupers are closed for harvest until May 1st). Remember when fishing in Key Largo that the easiest way to have a good time is to do what the weather conditions are most productive for. We also did a shark fishing charter and caught and released a big bull shark around 275 lbs and then released a giant tiger shark in the 600 lb range! If you’re ready to get out on a offshore key largo fishing charter let send me an email! It’s worth the 20 minute drive south to go fishing!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

bnmcharters@gmail.com