Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! We had an amazing lobster mini season; mostly everyone got his or her limits. The fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry continues to be really good. The bights east of Flamingo have been very productive with some great shallow water redfishing with snook and a few tarpon in the mix. There is a great big trout and snapper bite going on around the south western banks of the Everglades National Park and Gulf water boundaries with a bunch of hard fighting rod benders as well. If you are looking for some good eating hard fighting fish the mangrove snapper it’s hard to beat. Live pilchards or smaller pinfish have been getting the bigger snapper but artificial baits will get your limit as well.
Head to the beach from East Cape Sable to Middle Cape for a great snook and redfish bite with tarpon and a few tripletails mixed in. Work the shoreline with Berkley Gulp! baits to cover more ground or fish live shrimp, pilchards or pinfish around the shoreline structure. Out in gulf waters the wrecks and rock piles are holding schools of permit, goliath grouper and the occasional cobia.
The tarpon bite around the local bridges and channels remains best at night drifting live medium size crabs, dead baits on the bottom and live mullet or pilchards have been getting there fair number of bites early and later in the daytime hours. The bonefish bite remains best early morning with the colder water temperature with some permit around the deeper edges of the flats and banks. Concentrate on the deeper edges of the flats and banks where the water temperature will be the lowest. It’s very hot out on the water so make sure you reapply sunblock often and drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated.
Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! What a busy week down here as the annual lobster mini-season has officially begun. There are a ton of boats running around down here, so if you are coming down this weekend, be careful. I am sure the traffic will subside a bit, but I am sure there will be more than usual, just a heads up for all of you planning on making your way down. As for the fishing, another outstanding week we have going for us here in the Keys with some really nice mahi coming through. Still a good number of larger fish, with some slammers mixed in. Looking for this to improve for the next few weeks I will say, as these guys look to really be getting the southward migration in full swing. As these fish travel back from the Carolinas, they are going to be growing rapidly as they eat everything in sight. This is the beginning of one of the best times of the year for these guys, as we really start seeing large schools of these larger fish. If you are going to head out, be sure and try and get some livies, as there is a lot of bait on the weeds, and these guys are taking full advantage of it. You can also use a #4 or #6 sabiki and catch your own right off the weed or debris while out there. It is really easy to do, and works almost as good as or better than anything out there. Match the hatch as the old fly guys say, well…trust me it works. The best of this fishing has been in the 15 to 20 mile range; so it isn’t too terribly far, look for the nice organized current edges with weed in them. Don’t overshoot it either, as there hasn’t been much out past 900 feet or so. A little further offshore the swordfishing report is still a little slow, but as we approach this full moon, things will pick up. A couple of the local captains have caught a few this past week, but nothing red hot by any means. On the humps, the westerly humps have been the best, with smaller fish on the two out front of Islamorada. Hoping this changes soon, but these guys are just not sitting still, and we are getting impatient. Looking forward to some consistency with these guys. There are still some AJ’s and almaco on these humps as well as a lot of sharks and barracudas.
On the wrecks, the muttons have been decent as well as the jacks and bonito. The same with the reef with the yellowtail and mangrove snappers, pretty decent bite! as long as there is a little current and dusty water. Not much changing in these areas or will it until something weather related happens or we get to the moon.
Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to give me a call at 305-803-1321 or contact me through my website at www.catchalottafish.com. You can also stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. If you are new to the sport and have checked out the magazine and forum, you can also check out www.Islamoradafishingsource.com for some in depth information on what charter boats we have in our area, and what kind of fishing we all do. It is becoming a great resource and directory for people looking to fish in our area! I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!
The start of the 2014 lobster mini season started off with a bang today with great numbers of bugs being caught!
We got underway at 6:00 a.m. today and limited out by 8:00 a.m. There were so many lobsters that we were cherry picking the large ones! This is another great way to enjoy a day out on our waters.
The yellowtail snapper bite continues towards the west end of the bar in about 90 feet of water. The best way to get them to bite is by freelining mahua behind the boat. The grey snappers are also biting but they are much further east by eyeglass bar. Bait of choice is pinfish.
We still have some tarpon around, as well. We have to work a little harder but with a little TLC we have been managing to get into some great fishing this past week. On top of that, the flats guides are telling me that the bonefish are really showing up in great numbers in the shallow water.