Capt. Easy Charters
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About Islamorada charter boat fishing on the Capt. Easy

About the fishing
     For many reasons Islamorada is considered the sport fishing capital of the world. We’ve got world class fishing year round and an amazing variety of species to fish for here in the keys. On the charter boat Capt. Easy we specialize in all types of offshore and reef fishing found in the Florida keys. One of the great things about deep sea fishing down here in Islamorada is that no matter what the time of year or what the fishing conditions (current, wind direction, water color, water temperature, etc.) There is always something exciting to fish for and we’re always ready and equipped for everything.
     Fishing in the Florida Keys is versatile. Conditions change often and different opportunities to capitalize on fishing for different species occur throughout the day. On the Capt. Easy we employ several different fishing techniques including live bait trolling, dead bait trolling, kite fishing, Vertical Jigging, live bait chumming, sight casting, wreck fishing, reef fishing, and deep dropping. As a top crew we are ahead of the curve on most of the types of fishing in the Islamorada area. What technique or combination of techniques we use on any fishing trip depend mostly on what species are targeted and what preference our customers have. We are always ready for anything and often fish several different types of techniques and target several species on any given day.
     Some of the species we target in the Florida Keys Include:

     Sailfishing is one of the most exciting types of sport fishing we do in the Islamorada area. We generally catch most of our sailfish on light 20# spinning tackle. Fishing techniques include Live bait trolling, kite fishing, and sight casting. Although sailfish are caught in the Florida keys year round, the season is best between November and April with the most consistent fishing in December and January, and a chance for big days in April. On the Capt. Easy we hold the record for the most sailfish ever caught in a single day out of the entire existence of the Holiday Isle Charter boat fleet with 18 sailfish released on April 13th, 2009.

 Dolphin (mahi-mahi)
    Dolphin fishing is one of the most popular types of sport fishing in the Florida keys. They’re great eating, fun to catch and a beautiful trophy fish. Mahi fishing peaks from may through July ,but can be a part of the catch any time of year when fishing in Islamorada. Dolphin fishing usually consists of lure and dead bait trolling with conventional stand up tackle coupled with sight casting live baits with light spinning tackle. Wahoo, tuna, tripletail, and billfish are also a common part of the catch when dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys.

 Blackfin tuna
     Blackfin tuna are found mostly on the Islamorada Hump or on some of our other Florida Keys sea mounts in Islamorada. Fishing for Blackfins is one of my favorite types of sport fishing and can be very exciting. The tuna fishing can be good any time of year and changes daily or weekly depending on the sea conditions. The most consistent time of year to charter a fishing boat in the keys and see a hot bite of blackfin tuna is September and October, but any time of year can be good in spurts. Techniques include live bait chumming, live bait trolling, and vertical jigging. The Capt. Easy is one of the few charter boats in Islamorada fully equipped for vertical jigging with the correct tackle including high speed jigging reels, fast action jigging rods, braided line and the correct butterfly style jigs.

    The amberjack fishing in Islamorada is excellent from mid January through may and peaks in march and April. These fish average between 25 and 80# and we recently caught the biggest one seen in the Islamorada area in years aboard the capt easy this past march with a fish that tipped the scales at 130#. Amberjacks are caught dropping live baits or vertical jigs to the bottom on either deep wrecks or on our local Florida Keys sea mounts.

      We offer daytime sword fishing charters aboard the Captain Easy and have one of the highest success rates in the Islamorada area on swordfish trips. Islamorada has great fishing for swords year round, but weather conditions must be right for sword fishing with relatively light winds and calm seas in order to fish effectively on these trips.  Daytime fishing consists of dropping baits in deep water (1,200 to 1,800 feet of water) to the bottom. We are fully equipped with both Shimano tiagra hand cranking equipment as well as a brand new Daiwa mp 3000 electric power assist reel for this type of fishing and you have the option of manually cranking, using the electric reel, or both. Swordfish trips must be arranged in advance and weather conditions have to be ideal for sword fishing. If conditions are not right we can reschedule your trip or switch to our normal offshore target species for that time of year.

 Reef and wreck fishing for snapper and grouper
     We catch many different species reef or wreck fishing in the Florida Keys including yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, red snapper, black grouper, red grouper, gag grouper, amberjack, kingfish and even sailfish. Reef and wreck fishing are excellent in Islamorada year round. When reef fishing, we anchor the boat and chum the yellowtail snappers catching them on light 12# spinning tackle. At the same time we drop live baits to the bottom for bigger Mutton snapper, and grouper. We also Kite fish live baits on the surface while reef fishing and often catch kingfish, cero mackerel and even sailfish while snapper fishing on our reef fishing charters. Our wreck fishing in the Keys consists of dropping live baits to the bottom for larger mutton snapper, red snapper, and groupers on wrecks mostly between 100 and 300 feet deep. Reef fishing trips are great for families with children with plenty of action for the kids. These trips are also great for people looking for really good eating fish and are excellent in Islamorada year round.

     Wahoo are one of Capt. Bruce's favorite fish to catch on our charter fishing trips in the Florida keys. We catch wahoo year round in Islamorada, but the best wahoo fishing for fish over 30# and sometimes up to 70# takes place from November through march (especially around the full moons). Techniques used to catch wahoo include slow trolling large live baits called "speedoes", as well as high speed trolling and vertical jigging. Wahoo are often caught as a by catch of dolphin fishing in the late spring and summer offshore of Islamorada.

        Kingfish or king mackerel are part of the catch in Islamorada especially from October through April. The kingfish on our charter fishing trips in the Florida keys can be anywhere from school size fish in th 6-12# range to "smoker kings" up to 70#. On the Capt. Easy we catch most of our king fish with live bait such as cigar minnows or pilchards on light spinning tackle in the 12 to 20 pound test range. We often employ a technique called "live bait chumming" in which the king fish are chummed into a flurry. This can result in a wide open red hot bite with multiple fish hooked up at once and baits lasting only seconds before being eaten.

     Every year around the beginning of April the permit in the Florida keys make their way off of the flats and out past the reef to our local wrecks offshore of Islamorada. These fish usually stack up on the wrecks until July and offer some exciting sport fishing while sight casting aboard our fishing charters. All permit caught on the Capt. Easy are released after a quick picture. We use mostly 20# spinning tackle for these fish and they can be a real challenge as we catch many fish in the 20 and 30 pound range and larger.

        Cobia are a common part of the catch on our fishing charters in the Florida Keys from November through May. Cobia can be caught while wreck fishing, reef fishing, or while king fishing. The most exciting way to target cobia in Islamorada is by sight fishing for them in the shallow water inside the edge of the reef in the Florida Keys. Sight fishing for cobia consists of driving the boat through shallow sandy areas and spotting schools of cobia or large rays or turtles that the cobia follow. Once we locate the fish we cast live baits using 20 to 30# spinning tackle. This type of fishing is very exciting and peaks in February especially on flat calm days with clear water and good visibility.

Deep drop snapper and grouper fishing
     Deep drop fishing In the Florida Keys is a lot of fun and produces some of the best eating fish you'll ever taste. Deep dropping consists of dropping baits to depths of anywhere from 300 to 750 feet deep. We are equipped with either electric reels or high speed hand crank reels depending on our charter customers preference. Besides being some of the best eating fish, The variety of species caught deep dropping makes it very interesting. Species we catch include tile fish (blue line and golden), snowy grouper, warsaw grouper, yellowedge grouper, scamp grouper, yelloweye snapper, queen snapper, vermilion snapper, porgy, rose fish, barrel fish, and many others. Deep drop fishing is excellent year round in the Florida keys. This fishing is great for people on fishing charters who are interested in meat fish and while lots of fun is not for people looking for light tackle sport fishing action.

 Evening tarpon and shark trips
      From march through September we offer evening tarpon and shark charter fishing trips aboard our Conch 27 center console the Easy Does It. Using the Easy Does it allows us to fish more effectively than the Captain Easy in the shallow water and around the bridges that tarpon and inshore shark fishing takes place in. These trips are in shallow sheltered water close to shore. Although many of the types of fish we catch on these trips can be challenging to catch, we use relatively light tackle and these trips are great for families and children as they are conducted in areas with calm seas with no risk of seasickness. We catch a mix of sharks including blacktip , nurse, spinner, bull, and lemon sharks as well as barracuda and tarpon. Shark fishing in Islamorada can be good anytime from march through September, while tarpon fishing In the Florida Keys is best from April through June. Most evenings the water is crystal clear and you can see the sharks swimming around the boat during your fishing charter trip, which is also exciting for the kids. The tarpon and shark fishing charters are short 3 hour trips that are almost all fishing time usually leaving at 4pm and returning around 7pm.

 Offshore monster shark fishing
     It is no exaggeration to say that the shark fishing for very large sharks offshore of Islamorada is extraordinary year round. On the Capt. Easy we target these sharks by request on our charter fishing trips, with especially good fishing anytime during the month of April. In march and April the amberjack spawn on the sea mounts offshore of the Florida keys and huge numbers of sharks gather to feed on them. Types of sharks caught offshore of Islamorada include hammerhead, bull, dusky, mako, and especially large numbers of big tiger sharks up to and over 800#. I am not exaggerating when I say that the fishing for these sharks on our fishing charters is extraordinary especially in April and hooking up with a huge shark is almost certain. We also have excellent shark fishing for bull shark, dusky, black tip, spinner and hammerheads just offshore of the reef all year. Over the last few years the shark population offshore of Islamorada has exploded and every year there seem to be more sharks than the year before. 


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