Key West offers the best that light tackle fishing has to offer. Not only is it a beautiful tropical island, but it has some of the widest varieties of fish available and also some of the best and most capable anglers and skippers that the world has to offer. Light tackle fishing, first of all, is a straight up man against fish type of fishing. This is not like one of those fishing expeditions that have all these harnesses, fishing boats, and other equipment to help you reel in the fish.
On light tackle boats you match the tackle size to the fish that you are targeting to maximize the full effect of the fight. The heaviest line the Too Lethal uses is 25lb test line – that’s strong enough to catch 200lb tarpon or monster sharks, such hammerheads, bull and tiger sharks. Most of the fishing on Too Lethal is done with 12, 15 or 20lb spin. 30lb Tuna on this size of a tackle is the fight of a lifetime. Most light tackle fishing is done with live bait, at anchor or drifting. Our favorite type of live tackle fishing is done with LIVE Pilchards. This trip requires time to catch bait on the way to the fishing grounds.
You drive the boat while Captain Scott navigates you through the shallow waters. After Captain Scott throws the cast net and captures the mother load of Pilchards, it’s off to the reef edge. Once there, we start chumming the water with the live bait, which form bait balls all around the boat. That’s when all hell breaks loose: tuna, bonita, king fish, wahoo, sailfish and snapper start exploding on these pockets of bait! It’s a sight to see. These Pilchards force feed the fish. Captain Scott Gordon calls this one stop shopping – several species of fish in 60-90ft of water. Drop a bait to the bottom and you never know what is going to bite.
You take the bait to any nearby wreck and target tuna, bonita, sailfish on the surface. The Pilchards get these fish so worked up that you can throw top water plugs and flys and they get gobbled up instantly. This is fast and furious fishing. The bait is the most important element of this trip. It’s light tackle, live bait fishing at it’s finest. This trip is done at anchor.
Light tackle boats very rarely troll in the traditional method. Generally we “Drift & Dream” live baits on color changes, weed lines and temperature changes. Captain Scott likes to use live goggle eyes, live ballyhoo, live blue runners or live threadfin herring as bait. These baits can be slow trolled or drifted. When the sailfish migration is on, schools of sailfish are tailing (on or just below the surface). We spot that wolf pack, then “Gun & Run” the boat to the where we cast the bait. This is sure to get the adrenalin flowing and the heart pumping.
Light tackle lets you experience the joy and thrill of real fishing, perfect for both veteran and beginner anglers who just want to spend time out in the ocean having a lot of fun. When out in Key West for some light tackle fishing, Too Lethal Fishing Charters is available to give you the experience you are looking for. You don’t even have to worry about preparing anything for the trip because the Captain Scott will provide you with all top quality equipments you will need.