Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

March 16-18


Hello everyone! Fishing has been spectacular lately in the Florida Keys backcountry. Thanks to the warm and calm conditions last week the bite was wide open. Unfortunately winds are forecasted to pick up for the weekend followed by a drop in temperature. This might get the snook and redfish bite in the cape area going strong. The tarpon have been showing up in good numbers lately, depending on how cold it gets and water temperature the bite might slow down a bit. Within a couple of days it should get back to normal though. The colder temps will keep the Spanish mackerel in our area for a longer period. The bite for them has been wide open lately, hard not to love this hard fighting fish.

Look for the bonefish, permit and tarpon fishing to fire up after the wind and colder temperatures subside. The fly fisherman are already in pursuit of tarpon since the season is getting started and reported having shots at multiple fish. Anglers targeting bonefish report good sightings of mudding and pushing fish.Look for the tarpon fishing around the local bridges and channels to continue to get better in the coming weeks. Let’s hope the winds settle soon and we all get out on the water for some great Florida Keys backcountry fishing. {305-297-0438}

Upper Keys

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! A bit of weather around this week, and has made the fishing a little tough. Green water and south current has made fishing for the Pelagic’s difficult at best. There had been a few sails around earlier in the week, plus a few Mahi, but the numbers have dwindled as the week has progressed. The swordfishing has been decent this week from local reports, but mostly smaller fish. Although, a few nicer ones have been caught. The humps have had some Tunas, AJ’s and sharks keeping Anglers busy, but the winds have made it tough for most to get to. Bottom fishing on the deeper ledges and wrecks has had its ups and downs, but to the south of Alligator Reef has been best. Some nice Groupers on the catch and release side, and some nice Muttons have been biting.

The king mackerel bite continues to be decent as well. The reef slowed a bit with the cooler water temps, but the boats who were persistent managed some nice catches of jumbo tails. Still some decent fish on the patch reefs too, but not as strong as they were. Plenty there to make a few nice dinners, but tough to spend a lot of time on. Even the slow days are pretty good, and we all know as the conditions change the fishing will change with it. As the seasons change it takes time for the patterns to line up correctly and I’m sure that is just around the corner. Looks like some better weather is on the way, so stay tuned for next week’s report where we will see how it all plays out. Be safe everyone, see you next week! (305)803-1321



Lower Keys

Well, the weather for the weekend is looking beautiful, with light winds and sunshine. We had a couple cold fronts this past week and the temperature has been in the 60’s for a few days, but everything is warming up for the weekend. The blackfin tunas have been the most consistent fish to target offshore this winter. There have been plenty of nice size tunas around, especially to the west of Key West. A few sailfish are starting to show up too and over the next month or more can be a great time target sailfish in the lower keys. Most of the action offshore has happened in less than 300 feet, even if you’re not catching tunas and sailfish, there have been a lot of bonitas and kingfish around to keep the rods bent.

Backcountry fishing has slowed up a bit this week, the cold fronts really shut the tarpon down. The tarpon should be eating well by this weekend though, especially if things start warming up quick. The water temperature is only in the high 60’s and once it gets up over 70 you have a much better chance at them. There have been plenty of barracudas around in the shallows and that is what we have been doing for the most part when the weather gets cold and windy down here. The trout bite in the basins also picked up when the cold fronts started rolling in earlier this week.

Capt. Jamie Connell
(908) 303-9873

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