Good Karma Fishing Charters

Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada

Offshore, Reef and Backcountry Fishing Charters



How to vertical jig, how to catch wahoo on a vertical jig 
 Florida Keys Charter Boat Fishing in Key Largo, Tavernier & Islamorada, Sportfishing Florida Keys

Florida Keys Fishing Charters with Good Karma Sportfishing

Below is a photo from great day of fishing with a client from Ohio. This was his first saltwater fishing experience.  I spotted a sunken pallet 10 miles offshore.  I gave "Mr. Ohio" a light tackle spinning rod rigged with top water popper then asked him to make a cast at the pallet.  He had an amazing day! All the fish were caught on top water poppers that day, which is one my favorite ways to catch fish in the Florida Keys!

Key Largo Charterboat Fishing, Tavernier Charterboat Fishing, Florida Keys Charterboat Fishing, Wahoo fishing charters in the Florida Keys

  "The Magical Piece of Debris"

Swimming with Mahi Mahi in the Florida Keys


 As you can see from my webpage catching a mixed bag of fish is very important.  Patience and confidence plays a big part in offshore fishing success.

Good Karma Fishing Specialties

  • Live Bait Drift fishing and Vertical Jigging

  • Slow trolling Live Baits Deep using Electric Downriggers for Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish and Kingfish

  • Anchoring on reef ledges or rockpiles then chumming schools of snapper into a feeding frenzy

  • Vertical jigging over wrecks/seamounts

  • Trolling for wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi

  • Deep dropping using electric reels

  • Kite Fishing

  • Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

  • Cobia and Spanish Mackerel Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Light Tackle Backcountry for Sea Trout, Snapper  and Snook

  • Monster Shark Fishing in the Gulf and Everglades National Park

Deep Dropping and Vertical Jigging in the Florida Keys with Good Karma

"Mixed Bag"

Queen Snappers, Tilefish and Blackfin Tunas

Florida Keys Wreck fishing with Good Karma Sportfishing

Wreck fishing can provide non-stop action.  When we arrive at a wreck we first determine which way our drift will carry us across the wreck and calculate our drift speed.  After calculating the drift, we start 50-100 yards ahead of the wreck. We will either use a frisky live bait to entice the monster fish that live on the wrecks or use a vertical jig. Once we hit a point of reference I let the angler drop a live bait or vertical jig. 

Check out the Video below.
In this particular video we are vertical jigging for Black Fin Tunas on Islamorada Hump

YouTube Video

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The angler will let the jig stay on the bottom for a few seconds, bounce it off the bottom 3-4 times that will give the fish a chance to investigate and at times the fish will pick it up and eat the jig.

If the angler does not draw a strike he will then lift the jig 5-10 ft. then repeat the process.  The jig bouncing off the seafloor creates vibratory sounds and “clouds” of sediment/sand, this action draw the attention of big fish from hundreds of yards of way.

Captain Ryan with a Wahoo on a Vertical Jig!

If the bottom dwelling fish do not cooperate the angler starts working the jig higher up into the water column. Lifting the jig 30-50 ft. then dropping it back down.  Big Amberjacks roam this area.  If the angler does not hook up he must either increase or decrease the jigging speed.    Think like a spear diver when it comes to jigging the bottom around wrecks. Spear divers brush the bottom of the ocean surface with their hands generating clouds of sediment and religiously use underwater lights and flashers to attract fish such as grouper, wahoo, snapper and cobia into their kill zone. 

Vertical Jigging can be extremely exciting, but it is takes a lot of work and practice to get the technique correct. The angler must be in good shape when it comes to vertical jigging as it requires a lot of stamina and cardio.  Once you feel a fish strike a jig from 300ft down, I can almost guarantee that no matter how tired you are, you will be running on pure fishing Adrenaline!  

 How to Catch Yellowtail Snappers in the Florida Keys

Mutton Snapper on a jimmyjig
Mutton Snapper on a Vertical Jig

NEW-State/Federal Hogfish Regulations for 2017-2018

The FWC and NOAA fisheries has tightened the regulations on Hogfish State and Federal Waters

NEW: State waters: The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish at the November Commission meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017.


Approved changes include:
  • Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.

  • Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31. Closed Nov 2017-April 2018

  • 1 Fish per Person and must measure 16 inches to the Fork of the Tail