Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Last week the fishing was mostly good in the Florida Keys Backcountry, depending on what you where going for and weather conditions. We had some banner days fishing around the western park boundaries with jumbo size snappers, Spanish mackerel, cobia and many more. We also did a little tarpon fishing around town and managed to jump a nice fish. The boats that ventured out to the cape area reported mostly tough fishing with the windy conditions. Snook, redfish black drum and others were caught after working hard to find them. The tarpon fishing in the Flamingo area proved successful to the boats that patiently soaked dead baits on the bottom along with live baits on top.
The guys in Key Largo have been picking away at some trout, jacks, snook and reds. They have been fishing mostly live baits and Berkley Gulp Shrimp under a popping cork.
Bonefishing conditions have been tough and will remain that way until the winds subsides. Most bonefish catches came from anglers soaking shrimp on the deeper edges of flats and banks. There is always a lot of fish to be caught despite the weather conditions in the Florida Keys Backcountry, so get out on the water and keep on fishing!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! What a horrendously windy week we have had here in the upper keys. The wind has been howling around 25 knots all week, but thankfully is coming down a little for the weekend. There have been a few boats out this week, but not too many. Out of the few who have, the fishing appeared to be decent with some sailfish, kings, and some bottom/ reef fish. There have even been a few really nice dolphin around with the heavy wind, so we will see it this is an indication of dolphin season coming early? It would be really nice to have that variety around right now for sure! It is really hard to move around when the wind is blowing out of the east to southeast that hard, so options become very limited. Very little ground gets covered, so we are only scratching the surface of what’s really out there. The bait has been decent all week despite the wind, so that made life a little easier. Looking forward to this wind dying out a bit, and to see what is going to bite this weekend. Next week looks pretty good weather wise, so check back with us next week for a full report!
Well after all the wind this week, it looks like its going to start laying down this weekend. It will still be a little bumpy out there with the wind around 15 mph, but it is not calling for any rain. The offshore bite continues to be steady with good dolphin and tuna action. Thee have been some weed lines and other scattered weeds, that is where most of the dolphin can be found. Most of the tuna are being caught around the offshore wrecks or outer reef areas. There are a few sailfish being caught here and there, but that bite hasn’t really picked up yet this year.
Fishing out in the Gulf has been great and if that wind turns a little southeast this weekend, you may want to head out that direction. Some of the shallower reef areas in the gulf have have been producing mangrove snappers, porgys, red grouper and spanish mackerel. As you move out deeper, there have been big schools of jack crevalles and bonitas chasing bait fish around. These guys will just about eat anything, especially a fast moving artificial lure. If you like action and hard fighting fish, you can catch these fish until your arms are ready to fall off. Snapper fishing on the wrecks has been great, with nice size lane snappers and mangrove snappers. Some big kingfish and big cobias have been hanging around the deeper gulf wrecks as well.
Backcountry fishing remains excellent as well. There are still tarpon around, but it has been a harder to get them to eat with the wind being up. The tarpon fishing may be great this weekend, once the wind starts to lay down. We should still see some tarpon schools showing up until we get another cold front and that will shut them down and push them to deeper water. The barracuda fishing on the flats has been excellent, they have been aggressive and there are some nice size fish around. The backcountry basins still offer plenty of action like jacks, ladyfish, snappers and trout.
Capt. Jamie Connell