Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! We are in our summer pattern here in the Florida Keys backcountry with the hot temperatures and passing showers. Anglers targeting snook, redfish and tarpon throughout the Florida Keys backcountry are reporting great times on the water. Captain Lain Goodwin of Key Largo keeps putting his anglers on a great snook bite, with a few redfish mixed in, while fishing the mainland shorelines with live baits. He has also reported great action of juvenile Tarpon. Captain Brian Gwilliam had some great days last week sight-fishing while poling the shallow island flats in Florida Bay. They hooked tarpon, snook and redfish with the fly rod. Anglers working the tides on the Flamingo area are also encountering great snook action with a few redfish as well. Look for muds throughout the bay and get those corks to make some noise for a fun time of rod bending for trout, ladyfish, jacks and many more. Baits fished in the deeper channels will not last long before a hungry shark or tarpon makes a meal out of it.
It’s that time of the year where the snook will start congregating along the mainland shoreline from Cape Sable north. Live baits and artificials will get you in to some great action. Redfish and many more can also be caught in the same areas. Great trout, snapper and many others continue to feed on the grassy areas around Sandy Key, Schooner, Oxfoot and Blue bank. Jigs and DOA soft-plastics worked over the grass will get the bites, anchor up and chum while free lining chunks of ladyfish for the bigger snappers. The Gulf wrecks are packed full of action. From cobia, tarpon and permit to all the other fish that frequent the area, you are in for an amazing time!
Tarpon are present around the local bridges and channels. Live and dead baits with a little patience will get you hooked up. The night bite continues to be the best chance for multiple hookups on the outgoing tide while drifting live crabs. Captain Andy Putetti has been getting his anglers in to some great fly fishing action for tarpon and bonefish, releasing multiple fish throughout the week. Keep hydrated and the bug spray handy for some great fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another good week of fishing here at Catchalottafish Charters, and all the boys of the Florida Keys Fishing Company have been getting it done! The offshore bite this week has been pretty decent with good numbers of Mahi in the area, mostly schoolies, but pretty good fishing nonetheless, if you were patient. We are starting to see a lot of “shakers” around, as we seem to get this two week period every June where a lot of the little guys invade our backyard. I actually like to see them, even if they are a nuisance, but I like to see they are making plenty of new ones. We also did a little blackfin tuna fishing on the hump, and that worked out to be productive as well. The jigs were the ticket, as the weed was way too heavy to troll. I would imagine with the light winds forecast for the weekend, it will be the same. We didn’t get to make an appearance on the swordfish Ledge this week, but there were a few caught up and down the line. Biggest fish I heard of was 170-pounds, so a nice one anyway. I’m sure this will pick up as the moon gets closer.
Deep dropping for tilefish and groupers this week has been on fire! Some really nice tiles and snowies were caught, as well as some nice yellow edge groupers. This is a fishery you definitely need to check out. It’s easy, and the fish are some of the best tasting fish around! A little closer in on the wrecks and reefs, fishing has been a bit tough this week. Not much current on the inside, but we have managed to do pretty well even with less than desirable conditions. The mutton snappers should be firing up more and more each day, as the moon gets closer and they begin to spawn again. Groupers should bite as well. Yellowtails are still eating, but the water has been so clear that you really have to scale down your leader and hooks. This part has not been easy to say the least. With a little luck the water will be changing daily as we approach the moon over the next 10 days, and the fishing will get red hot! Stay tuned as next weeks report should be even better!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, the weather and the fishing have been hot down here. The forecast for the weekend is looking nice too, with winds around 10-mph out of the southeast. This time of year when you’re out on the water, always be aware of the afternoon lightning storms, those storm cells can pop up quick and ruin a good time on the water. The offshore dolphin fishing continues to be consistent, with a lot of smaller fish and some big ones mixed in. There are still some schools of skip jack tunas offshore as well and a few billfish sightings here and there. Reef fishing this time of year can be excellent, with a consistent yellowtail bite and some good bottom fishing. The mangrove snappers should be making their way out to the reef to spawn in the next few weeks.
Tarpon continue to be the main targeted fish in the backcountry. There are plenty of fish around Key West and with the great weather we’ve had; the bite has been consistently good over the last couple weeks. The best time to fish fish them has been early in the morning with low light. There are also plenty of bonefish around in the shallows now too. You can fish for tarpon early on in the day and then go look for bonefish in the afternoon.
Capt. Jamie Connell