What type of fish we catch (in order of common to least common):
-Grey snapper or Key west grunts – great eating fish, very white meat
-Porgies – also great eating, mild taste white flakey meat
-Black seabass – awesome fish to eat
-Hogfish – BEST eating fish, but hard to catch takes some serious skill or a lot of luck – LOVE shrimp or fiddlers – fight hard and can get very large
-Mangrove snapper – awesome tasting fish, super smart fish fairly rarely caught on these shorter trips
**Mackerel & Kingfish possible in spring and fall during their runs when water temps and weather cooperate – typically we get these guys while trolling out or trolling in or occasionally on our flat lines that the mates and captains maintain. You can troll in or out if you have the appropriate tackle (see trolling section on the FAQs Page or you can flat line if you talk to the crew and have the appropriate tackle and weather and fishing conditions
Cut Squid provided on board, this is included in your ticket price of the fishing trip. We pass this out on the way offshore and there’s plenty on board so if you run out we’d bring you more at no extra charge.
Before leaving, there are some live bait options. You can purchase either live shrimp or live fiddler crabs before leaving and pick up on the way to the boat, or you can purchase them at the time of reservation and again pick them up on the way to the boat. Once on board, the only bait option is the included dead bait which is the cut squid so make sure to purchase live bait before leaving if you’d like it and don’t forget to pick it up on the way to the boat if you purchase it.
Shrimp or fiddler crabs are a great extra option, however, it is not needed. The dead bait we provide, the cut squid, works very well that’s why we provide it. Also the squid is very forgiving it’s hard for the fish to pull off the hook while the shrimp and fiddler crabs will fall off the hook at the first nibble. The extra live bait does give you the chances at a wider variety of species able to be caught though. For example, the squid we provide works well for the grey snapper or key west grunts we primarily catch, but the shrimp and fiddlers will give you a chance at the hogfish, lanes or mangroves that won’t bite the squid as quickly or at all. However, the grey snapper or key west grunts are the main staple of these shorter half day fishing trips and will be the most commonly caught and targeted fish.
Shrimp and Fiddler crabs are the same price, $4 per dozen or you can get 2 dozen in a souvenir bait bucket for $10 or 5 dozen in a souvenir bait bucket for $20. Remember, you must purchase and pick these up before boarding the boat. Once on board, the shrimp bucket would go in the live well on the ride out (remember your bucket number and what live well it’s in) then you’d retrieve the bucket when your ready to use them for bait and return the bucket occasionally to get them fresh water to keep them alive. The Fiddler Crabs come without water, they do not need anything you can keep their bucket at your feet under the bench for the entire trip and they are happy. You are more than welcome to take home your bait bucket after the trip or leave it behind on board, up to you!