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Florida Keys Humps Are Like
Mecca To Avid Sport Fishermen

The Florida Keys Humps are positioned to the east of the islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and they're a true magnet for Florida Keys fish.

Often, people unfamiliar with the Florida Keys will ask what the humps are and why Florida Keys fishing enthusiasts find them so enticing.

It's the geography or the makeup of these underwater mountains and the affects they have on marine life that may them a sportfishing paradise.

The humps are a series of seamounts that tower up from the bottom of the ocean floor.

Their rising structure forces the water to funnel around them, and this creates the perfect marine life habitat which makes fishing Florida Keys very productive.

Lark Shark Hanging at Islamorada Hump


Florida Keys Shark Fishing The Humps
Photo Florida Keys Public Libraries, Don DeMaria Collection, Flickr


The rise of the Florida Keys Humps through the ocean water forces the currents to go around them. This is what pushes the smaller bait fish to the surface. This in turn attracts the larger migratory, pelagic predator fish and brings in the serious Florida Keys sport fishermen.

As the big predators race to the surface after the bait fish, the prey leap out of the water trying to escape. This action is called bait spraying and it's easy to spot this activity by the amount of birds circling overhead. They circle and then dive into or to the water's surface to scoop up the bait fish.

In the midst of the bait fish frenzy is where you'll find the blackfin tuna and dolphin, the mammal. They often run together and their presence indicates that there will be lots of other larger, predator fish in the area.

Cathy Sheehan Deep Sea Fishing For Blackfin Tuna on Marathon Hump

Cathy Sheehan On Charter Fishing Trip
Deep Sea Fishing Marathon Hump For Blackfin Tuna


Going out to any of the Humps can not only be highly productive, it can be a lot of fun. However, the Humps are further out and you have to fish deep.

Even if you have a lot of saltwater fishing experience, the combination of distance and depth can be challenging. This is why going out with a skilled Florida Keys charter fishing Captain and his crew can make all the difference in how your fishing trip turns out.

Below, and arranged from Key Largo down to Key West, are some of more qualified Florida Keys fishing charters that include offshore fishing trips as part of their fishing 'menu'. You'll want to find out where they go, and which of the Florida Keys humps they'll take you to.

FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Reel Deal Charter Fishing
Captain Eric Reynolds
31' Contender Center console, 2 250 hp Twin Yamaha 250hp 4 stroke engines, 6 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, Bahama trips, overnight trips, child friendly, deposit non-refundable, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing     Offshore Fishing
Bahamas Fishing Trips     Overnight/Multiple Night Trips
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Jigging
Popping     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing     Lobster Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Reel Deal Charter Fishing with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots is able to get you out fishing fast. Not only is the boat equipped with a variety of amenities and top of the line fishing equipment, Captain Ryan knows how to up the ante and add that extra punch of fun into your fishing experience. Specializing in using light tackle to take on the biggest fighting fish, your adrenalin will be pumping as you do battle with marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, king mackerel and other pelagic species. If you're interested in a customized fishing trip, an extended fishing vacation, or you want to experience fishing Florida Keys various regions, this top notch Key Largo charter fishing company has what it takes to make your Florida Keys vacation productive and fun.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Southern Girl Fishing Charters
Captain Jon Andersen
48' Bertram, 2 1500 hp Twin 8V92 Detroit diesel engines, 6 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore and bottom fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Night Fishing     Overnight Trips
Reef Snorkel Scuba Diving Trips     10 Hour Trips
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Jigging
Popping     Kite Fishing     Handline     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Southern Girl Fishing Charters is a luxury vessel with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. Fully equipped with all the necessary and modern fishing technology, Captain Andersen's boat is also designed to make your time aboard as physically comfortable as possible, whether out for an extended day of fishing, or planning on an overnight fishing trip. Southern Girl Fishing Charters also are able to customize their trips around your interests and needs, and are able to include other activities over traditional fishing charters, so if you're interested in sightseeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, night fishing or a combination of activities, they can make your dreams of the perfect Florida Keys fishing vacation into a reality.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Upper Keys Sportfishing
Captain Jorge Piñero
36' HydraSports Center console, refurbished in 2015, 2015 2 300 hp Yamaha V6 Offshore engines, 4 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup included in price
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing    
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling     Spinning
Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Kite Fishing     Handline     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Upper Keys Sportfishing with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots is a boat equipped with a vast array of fishing technology to make sure the job gets done. Not only has the Habanero received several top charter fishing awards, Captain Jorge and his crew have been featured in numerous respected fishing magazines and have received various awards as well as being acknowledged as one of the top 60 Captains in the United States by Sportfishing Magazine. The combination of equipment, and know how, especially when it comes to finding and bringing in the biggest fighters such as marlin, sailfish and wahoo, are reasons why this is one of the most popular fishing charter companies in the Florida Keys.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Fish N Therapy
Captain Phil Leonard
38' Topaz Offshore sport fishing, 2 375 hp Caterpiller engines, 6 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, American Express
Numerous species of most popular offshore and reef and wreck fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Popping     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Fish N Therapy with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots is a well equipped fishing charter boat, that is also loaded with numerous amenities to enhance your level of comfort on your fishing trip. Specializing in a wide array of fishing techniques, Captain Leonard can take you out to the deep blue to fish for the large pelagic species such as marlin, sailfish and wahoo. He can take out to the numerous reefs and wrecks off the coast of Islamorada to fish for snapper, grouper and other hard hitting fish. No matter your level of fishing expertise, Fish N Therapy can make your Islamorada fishing trip one of your best memories yet!



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Papa Pip’s 36-ft. Bruel Express
Captain Johnny Maddox Charters, Sportfishing Adventures
36' Bruel refurbished in 2010, 2 300 hp DETRIOT 6-53 engines, 6 person capacity
Marathon Departure
Payment 15% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Inshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle    Heavy Tackle    Bottom Fishing
Trolling    Jigging    Fly Fishing    Kite Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Papa Pip’s 36-ft. Bruel Express is capable of taking you out on fishings trips inshore or far offshore for the biggest brutes the ocean has. If you're are serious about serious fishing and would like to have that trophy fish on the end of your line, a fishing trip with Captain Johnny is what you want. The combination of knowledge, skill, fishing equipement and crew is what it takes to put together one of the best fishing trips you'll remember for a lifetime.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Hot Diggity Dog - 50’ Ocean Yacht
Captain Jim Purcell
50' Ocean Yacht, 2 750 hp Man engines, 12 person capacity
Marathon Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Numerous species of most popular offshore and reef and wreck fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing     Snorkeling Popular Sombrero Lighthouse Reef
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Kite Fishing Handline     Deep Drop Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
The Hot Diggity Dog - 50’ Ocean Yacht with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots is not your typical fishing charter boat. Fully air conditioned, this beautiful vessel is loaded with all the amenities you'd expect from a yacht including 2 bathrooms, 3 staterooms, and full kitchen galley. There is plenty of room to relax on deck or inside, and these perks are just the beginning of what you can expect on your fishing adventure. The yacht is not only beautiful, she's highly functional in terms of carrying all the right equipment needed for a fun day fishing Marathon Florida waters. Whether you're fishing the Marathon Hump for sailfish, AJ, or mahi mahi or plan on fishing reefs and wrecks for snapper and grouper, Captain Jim and his crew intend to make your fishing trip as pleasurable and productive as possible. For your enjoyment they also carry snorkeling equipment so you can get out over the reefs and view the beautiful and tropical marine life up close.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Cowboy Charters - Cowboy
Captain Mark Baumgarten
36' Hatteras offshore fishing boat, 2 700 hp caterpillar engines, 6 person capacity
Key West Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express
Numerous species of deep sea and reef fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling     Kite Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Cowboy Charters Cowboy 36' fishing yacht has a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots. Fully eqluipped and well appointed, this comfortable fishing boat boasts extra deep sea fishing amenities such as a fighting chair for brutes like marlin, plus outriggers and downriggers. Also, Captain Mark's 40+ years of fishing knowledge helps to make each trip as productive, safe and fun as possible.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Team Nauti Charters
Captain Paulette Barrett & Captain Ben Braun
35' Sea Hunter Center console, 2 300 hp Yamaha engines, 6 person capacity
Key West Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of offshore and nearshore fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing     Destinations can exceed 70 miles
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing
Jigging     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Team Nauti Charters has one of the faster boats with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots. Her speed makes it possible for greater distance fishing trips to get to where the REALLY big fish are. Loaded with amenities, Miss Nauti is also equipped with the latest in fishing technology along with other extras such as electric reels for pulling in the big grouper or swordfish you'll find in the deepest of water.






The Florida Keys Humps

From north to south, the seamounts are Key Largo Hump, Islamorada Hump, 409 Hump, the Marathon Hump, and Carlson's Two Humps.

The Islamorada Hump, the 409 Hump, and the Marathon Hump are the 3 largest and most heavily fished. These Florida Keys Humps are also the spawning grounds for the massive greater amberjack.




Key Largo Hump

12 miles offshore and near French Reef you'll find the Key Largo Hump. This 'hump' curves in an 'S' shape fashion as opposed to a straight rising vertical hump. It also has a top depth that is between 280 and 330 feet.

Key Largo Hump GPS coordinates are 25 00.661N and 80 16.8W.




Islamorada Hump

The Islamorada area is renowned as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Flats fishing is extremely popular in Islamorada but having the Hump offshore simply adds to the area's WOW factor.

You need to know that if you do fish the Islamorada Hump, live bait will be the key to your success. Use pilchard, ballyhoo, goggle-eye and mackerel as bait.

You can also throw some chum into the mix, and watch the blackfin tuna or some of the big Florida fish like sailfish, marlin, even wahoo race to the surface. Once they come rolling out of the water in a live boil, throw your baited line into the fray, and get ready to haul in some heavy fighters.

Sport fishing enthusiasts know that Islamorada fishing is some of the best. This means that the area's popularity carries over to the Islamorada Hump. You'll find that there are many days when the traffic is extremely heavy and congested.

If this happens, you're better off to travel to the 409 Hump or the Key Largo Hump. Both are productive and typically less congested, and you'll find your day fishing will be more enjoyable without having to fight all the traffic.

The Islamorada Hump is located about 15 miles offshore at 290 feet below surface.

The Islamorada Hump GPS coordinates are 24 48.175N and 80 26.674W.

Boats Sitting Over the Humps


Sport Fishing Islamorada Hump Can Get Congested
www.noaa.gov, Photo Derke Snodgrass NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC/SFD





The 409 Hump

The 409 Hump is called 409 because it's top rises to that depth. To get the most rush out of Florida Keys sport fishing this hump, plan on fishing deep jigs and using lighter tackle.

One of your best catches will be amberjack and you'll find that out here, they're still hitting hard into the summer months when fishing for them is not so good elsewhere.

The 409 Hump GPS coordinates are 24 35.5N and 8035.5W.




Marathon Hump aka West Hump

The Marathon Hump is the second deepest of the humps with it's top sitting at 516 feet. It's position and size forces the current of the Gulf Stream to move around it. This in turn causes the bait fish, and the food they feed on, to rise creating a massive feeding frenzy.

Since the Marathon Hump is positioned right in the middle of the Gulf Stream, it sits directly in the path of migrating billfish and other pelagic species. These predators feed on the bait fish who are feeding near the surface. This is what makes fishing the Marathon Hump so productive.

The considerable depth of the Marathon Hump translates into varying water temperatures and this provides the angler with numerous options in terms of what to Florida fish to catch and how to angle for them.

Throughout the depths surrounding the Marathon Hump, you'll catch mahi mahi, greater amberjack, wahoo, and larger shark like Mako.

This is also one of the best places to catch sailfish and blue marlin. These fish will swim nearer the surface, averaging a depth of about 20 - 80 feet as they roam in search of prey.

The Marathon Hump is also called the West Hump and is located about 27 miles southeast of Marathon Key FL.

The Marathon Hump GPS coordinates are 24 25.528N and 80 45.328W.

Boats and a Freighter at The Marathon Hump


Florida Keys Fishing Boats And Freighter Off Marathon Hump





Carlson's Two Humps

At 600 feet, Carlson's Two Humps is the deepest and deep drop fishing is going to be one of your more productive choices here.

Carlson's Two Humps GPS coordinates are 24 25.110N and 81 03.665 W.




Florida Keys Humps Fishing Techniques

There are many species of Florida Keys fish that live and feed in these areas and they're found at different levels. However many sport fishermen come here for the big fighters.

Sailfish and marlin are two of the hot targets sought by most anglers sport fishing Florida Keys Humps. These are pelagic fish, which means they swim the open oceans and congregate closer to the surface.

This is opposed to those species such as warsaw and goliath grouper, amberjack and snapper who live on or near the bottom and are called bottom dwellers. To catch the bottom dwelling fish, typically the deep drop method is most effective.

In between the bottom and the surface you'll find other Florida fish swimming and feeding at various levels. These include blackfin tuna and bonito, two species particularly fun to catch on lighter tackle. In fact, blackfin tuna are one of the favorites anglers target when fishing the Florida Keys Humps. These fish consistently provide good sport fishing action.

You can also fish shallower, and if you do, you'll find a vast assortment of other fish. These include tilefish, pink porgies, blackfin snapper, and yelloweye that will keep you busy.

Over and above deep drop fishing, you have other fishing options you can choose from. You can troll with lines running about 50 yards out and attach lures or live bait like ballyhoo, pilchard and goggle-eye.

You can down rig, and you can chum. When you chum, the fish will come right to the surface and you can spin cast or even fly fish for them as they race to the surface in search of the food.

If you're fly fishing or using lighter weight tackle, you'll substantially heighten the thrill of the battle, as well as your adrenalin rush.

If you're going deep when fishing the Florida Keys Humps, and you're using live bait, you'll often bring up amberjack.

These fish can be monsters, plus they're the all time big fighters of the sea. If you have an AJ at the other end, you'll need to prepare yourself for a horrendous fight and certainly for some major aches and pains.

Due to the fact that amberjack live in this area, and are such supreme fighters, they've unfortunately become over fished in recent years.

Commercial fishermen on the Marathon Hump fishing for amberjack


Commercial Fishermen Deep Drop Fishing
For Amberjack On Marathon Hump


To help protect them they are now partially protected by various restrictions. Any of the Florida Keys fishing charters you go out with, will have an update on any and all fishing regulations, along with the necessary licensing.

The great thing about the Florida Keys Humps is that as summer builds and the fishing drops off elsewhere, the fishing continues to be good here.

No matter which of the Florida Keys Humps you fish, you'll find that their unusual water patterns will keep you on your toes. The forced channeling of the water and the way it affects the marine life, means you need to be ready for all types of Florida fish.

You never know what's going to come racing up to meet you, and quite often it's not what you expect. It's best to be prepared, so you should keep a second dedicated rod on hand, because you could end up catching a wahoo or even more unexpectedly a blue marlin!

This way you're ready when the big one for the record books comes screaming to the surface. You can cast out a second line, and not miss the opportunity of a lifetime.










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