Key West, Florida is one of the best places on earth to explore underwater wrecks. Hundreds of wrecks can be found in the area. There are small wrecks that are as little as 20 feet deep and there are large wrecks that are as much as 300 feet deep. Every wreck is filled with life and action so it really does not matter which wreck you are visiting.
You will have your choice between wrecks in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. When you visit the Gulf wrecks you will find them located between 15 to 35 miles north of the Islands. The Gulf wrecks are known for their high levels of Grouper, Snapper, Permits, Cobia, and Sharks. Of course, there are other species in these waters, as well.
Meanwhile, the wrecks in the Atlantic Ocean are deeper and contain larger fish. Common species found in Atlantic wrecks include Amberjack, Black fin Tuna Bonita, Cobia, Sharks, and many additional species.
The season does not seem to matter as wrecks tend to be productive fishing spots all year round. There may be slight changes in the species or the living environment but you will always find action available in the wrecks surrounding Key West. Live bait and chumming will be used to create a feeding frenzy and from there you can expect some non-stop action. If you are looking for an exciting, good time, it will not get much better then this.
Reef fishing in Key West is another story. Our reef fishing is some of the best in the world. There are thousands of reef patches surrounding the Key West area. In fact, these patches go all the way to Dry Tortugas. The majority of the reefs are not fished by anyone. Of course, this means there is an over-abundance of fish that are there for the taking! Live or dead bait and chumming will be used to catch the fish in the reef.
Once you begin chumming and using your bait a feeding frenzy will ensue. Snappers and groupers will begin moving away from the reef and you will be able to start bringing in the fish. Yellowtail, Mackerel, Jacks, and Mangrove Snappers are among the many species of fish that will be available to you.
Fishing trips to the reef are best when they are scheduled for the entire day. This gives you a chance to spend the day learning the feel of the ocean and to feel the catch coming before it happens. Reef fishing is a must for anglers of any skill level. Of course, if you like reef fishing then you will want to try wreck fishing. In fact, you might want to just try them both and have the best of both environments.