The Florida Keys are situated in the world’s second-largest ocean: The Atlantic.
Its water salinity, water temperature and currents around this latitude makes the perfect home for a wide variety of marine life species, making it a great place to enjoy recreational activities like sport fishing, but although there are plenty of fish to catch in these waters is better if you know how to identify some of the most common and/or most popular catches and how to catch them as well, because just as we all humans have different behavior and taste, the fish have their own personality and preferences as well.
Here are 5 types of fish you can find in Key Largo and a few bait tips what will help you catch them more easily:
Amberjack has a dark stripe that goes from its nose to the dorsal fin that “lights up” when the fish is feeding. They can be found in 60 to 240 feet of water although they’ve sometimes been caught near shore.
Tip: Look for the perfect bait. These fellas feed on squid, fish and crustaceans.
Also commonly known as Mahi Mahi, this fish can be recognized for its bright colors, the dorsal fin is usually from a greenish blue that degrades to a bright green and yellow on the sides with irregular blue or golden spots scattered over the sides. They can be found in open ocean, are fast swimmers that can live up to 5 years.
Tip: Feed them with squid, flying fish and other small fish.
This spectacular fish easily recognizable by its shape and colors. It’s upper jaw is elongated and its colors are blue from dorsal fin to mid-body to a silvery white all along the belly. Marlins are among the fastest swimmers in the ocean, they can travel very long distances and they can be found in deep waters.
Tip: Marlins feed mostly during the day, they prefer mackerel and tuna, but they will also eat squid.
There are different kinds of Snapper in these waters, they can be differentiated mostly by their size and variations of color although they can be very similar. Some snappers have a dark lateral spot and some don’t. Their body is mostly red with a whitish below. They live over 20 years and can weigh over 35 pounds!
Tip: Snappers like to feed from crustaceans and fish.
The wahoo’s appearance is very peculiar, it is a long and thin fish with an average of 30 wavy silvery lines that help them camouflage in the water. They’re usually found offshore and are known for their ability in rapidly changing directions.
Tip: This type of fish can be caught with artificial lures.