Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Epic fishing conditions ruled the first half of the week in the Florida Keys backcountry. Winds picked up mid-week along with welcomed cooler temperatures. Look for the redfish bite to be great in Everglades National Park. Fishing the moats, flats and deeper channels throughout the Park has been producing great action not only with reds of all sizes but snook and trout, as well. Fish the deeper channels around Flamingo with a jig and shrimp combination on the outgoing tide, and as the tide rises fish the potholes in the shallower flats with jerk baits rigged weedless or Johnson gold spoons. Plenty of action going on by the middle grounds with trout, pompano and many other rod benders. The Cape area has also been producing great catches of redfish, snook and black drum. A live shrimp fished slowly around the shorelines and creek mouths will get the bites. Farther West in Gulf waters, the cobia bite keeps producing in and around the bottom structure with some really nice snappers, groupers, mackerel to boot. Running the traplines on your way out west will keep you stopping and going with great tripletail action. Keep an eye on the weather since the winds are forecasted to be on the windy side for the weekend, kicking up the seas. The park boundary areas from Sprigger Bank to Sandy Key are full of life with nice trout, snappers and schools of Spanish mackerel. Drifting the grass bottom in between banks while casting artificials or jigs with live shrimp will get great action. Anchor up on an area with good current flow and get the chum slick going for a non stop bite.
The bonefish bite was great last weekend and the beginning of the week. Bright warm days got the fish moving around on the flats. The winds are forecasted to be near 15 to 20-knots for the weekend making it tough to sightcast the fish. Staking out on the edge of oceanside flats and chumming the fish with crushed shrimp will work the best. Lots of patience and determination will reward you with a nice Florida Keys bonefish. Get out on the water and enjoy the great fishing!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another fun week of fishing here in the Keys, as the fishing all around has been pretty good. The weather was nice early in the week, but the winds have picked up toward the end, as the front has come through. Some good “charter” fishing this week with a little bit of everything biting. Sails have been biting a little, as well as some kings, mahi, tunas, and reef dwellers. I wouldn’t say any one type has been better than the others, but it has been said that variety is the spice of life! The current has moved in off the reef, and tons of bait is still in the area, making for some really good fishing conditions. It looks like the weekend is going to be a bit rough on Saturday, but coming down for Sunday. Winds are forecast to be East/Southeast over the weekend, so this should keep the current in close, which should make for some good fishing! That’s it for this week! Be safe everyone, and we will see you next week!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast. The coldest front of the winter just arrived this week, but the temperature is rising as we head toward the weekend. It should be in the high 70’s, but the wind will be up Saturday morning and dropping out as the day moves on. The forecast for Sunday looks awesome with light winds and sunny skies. Offshore the tuna continue to bite well, live pilchards have been working great, but they’ve been biting on the troll too. The wahoos started to show up around this last full moon, mostly around the outer reef. You can target them in a number of different ways, live bait fishing, high speed trolling, or trolling rigged ballyhoo on a downrigger. Be aware of spearfisherman when you’re fishing for wahoo in the Lower Keys, there is are usually a lot of people in the water and you need give them plenty of room to be safe.
The backcountry fishing has been decent, we’re starting to see more of the winter species now that the temperature is cooling off. We’ve been seeing less bonefish, but the barracudas have been showing up in the shallows. They were biting well last weekend. There have also been plenty of trout in the basins. On the windier days, when it’s hard to get on the flats, fishing in the basins has been good, besides trout, there have been some big schools of jacks showing up. Usually the frigate birds and the pelicans will give the jacks away; the birds are eating the ballyhoo that the jacks are chasing.
Capt. Jamie Connell