Lots of Summer Fishing Action

It’s been a very busy summer for Good Karma Sportfishing, hence why I have not had much time to sit down and type up a Florida Keys fishing report for Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada.

First let’s talk about the Seakeeper 2. I am extremely happy with the performance and so are my clients. Their reactions and feedback have been confirmation that this was a great decision. We are the only 24ft boat in the United States with a Seakeeper 2. You will not find another charter vessel in my class with a stable fishing platform! Keep in mind the Seakeeper was built for bigger boats so we are very lucky to have one. What is a Seakeeper? How does the Seakeeper 2 work? Inside a vacuum encapsulation, a flywheel spins at speeds of up to 9,700 rpm. When the boat rolls, the gyro tilts fore and aft (precesses), producing a powerful gyroscopic torque to port and starboard that counteracts the boat roll.

If you want to learn more about Seakeeper please visit. www.seakeeper.com. Also check out the Instagram Post on the Seakeeper Page from July 31st. Video with one of my clients trying to make it roll once it’s on.

My clients this past summer mainly booked me for half day fishing charters. With the dolphin fishing being out 20+ miles getting to them was not doable on half days. Therefore on most half days we very successfully targeted big Mutton Snappers and Red Groupers. Both great eating fish – my opinion better than Mahi.

Offshore the Blackfin Tunas are showing up on the Islamorada Hump, but so are the sharks. It is “combat fishing” right now. We are getting some nice tunas but the sharks are taking our 20 plus pound tunas. Nothing I can do to combat the sharks. To catch the bigger tunas I use live bait or vertical jigs. Trolling will get you small tunas. Prior to the fishing charter I will ask you if you like to troll or not. If you don’t like to troll I will do my best to avoid it. Slow trolling with live baits is the way to go in the Florida Keys this time of year. We did do some dolphin fishing recently and caught a mess of them. I also did a little wahoo fishing. Most guys are blasting out into the deep water right now which leaves the wahoo “open fishing”. We went 2 for 3 on the August new moon. I love me some wahoo fishing!


I want the absolute best live bait I can get for my clients. Summer can be tough without premium live bait so I have it delivered before my clients arrive by Ernie Piton who owns Feeding Frenzy Live Bait. He is the absolute best live bait supplier in Upper Keys. If you are visiting the Florida Keys with your own boat and want to order bait from him you can reach him at 305-522-3207. Tell him Captain Ryan referred you. When you book a charter with me- I do not waste your fishing time catching bait! You are paying for a fishing trip, not a bait catching trip. Also I have been asked recently “Why I don’t cast net bait?” Plain and simple, cast netted baits die quickly and although it may be fun for you to see a guy throw a big net, I guarantee you that the thrill is gone when your bait is floating in the live-well 2 hours later during a hot dolphin or sailfish bite! I do not charge extra for premium bait and if I need to fish longer I do not hit you with hidden fees. This happens a lot in the Florida Keys on Fishing Charters so just be aware of that. I take customer service very seriously and do my absolute best to give you a great trip.

My new podcast fishing show series launched this month! Visit the Podcast Page at www.goodkarmasportfishing.com and get caught up on the episodes. Every Monday a new episode will be available. You will also find it on the Stitcher app. And its Free! Would like to hear your feedback, questions and suggestions so please email me.

If you want to get in on some good fishing I would highly suggest booking a charter in the months of October and November. Two of the best months down here for fishing, not to mention the hotel rates drop as it is our offseason. December is filling up quickly with clients that are “in the know” about how amazing the fishing can be in December. It can be worth the trip.

Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada fishing reports will be available twice a month at www.goodkarmasportfishing.com.

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Capt. Ryan
Good Karma Sportfishing