If you're used to catching small fresh water fish and have thought about what you might find if you went off shore salt water fishing, read on. This article will discuss some of the fish you can catch in the open ocean off the coast of Key West. As you may suspect, you can pretty readily catch bigger fish in the open ocean than you can hope to catch in a lake or a river. Here are some of the fish you can expect to catch.
First off, the most popular off shore Key West fishing charters are for fishing around reefs. You know about the food chain right? Well a reef provides food for the coral, which is actually animal, not plant. Coral, plankton, crabs, shrimp and other tiny organisms provide food for small fish which are prey for larger fish which are prey for larger fish and so on and so on. That is, to find large schools of big fish, go where the smaller fish they eat will tend to be; a reef.
There are any number of great fish that anglers like to go for. The location and the bait you're using will generally at least partially determine what kind of fish you'll get.
The grouper is one of the favorites if you're looking for good fish to eat. They get really big. The goliath grouper grows to as much as 500 pounds. There are a number of different sub-species of grouper such as the black grouper. They're all great to eat but there is a down side to catching grouper. If you hook a 200 pound grouper and start to reel him in, you might think you just hooked the largest boot in the ocean. They're big and they're heavy but they don't fight much.
When you book Key West fishing charters off a reef you can catch a number of different kinds of fish that will fight. You could latch onto a barracuda. He's a bone fish and not much good for eating but he can get rather large and he's guaranteed to put up one heck of a fight.
Amber jack is a favorite among the anglers around Key West. It's a good eating fish and it's also a pretty good sport fish. Blue fish are also great. They're very good eating and they're a thrill to catch. Bonito is also a great fish for sport fishing. They can get up to as high as 25 pounds.
Mahi-Mahi are a real favorite. He's a rather big fish, he can grow to as much as 70 pounds. He's a great fighter and excellent tasting. You can catch snapper, a well known fish that's a great fighter and is also great for eating. The Florida keys in particular are known for their 40 pound red fish. They make an excellent dinner and deliver plenty of action.
You can catch any number of sub-species of rock fish, halibut and yellow tail around a reef. They're all a whole lot of fun to catch and if your family likes to eat fish they'll love the taste of these fish.