Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! The Government is still closed so that means no fishing in Everglades National Park waters unless you have a Commercial use authorization permit. We have been fishing all over the park lately with great success. The mainland shorelines in Key Largo are providing some great opportunities for sight fishing redfish and snook, along with other species. Farther west to the Flamingo area, fishing has been nothing but epic. Lots of juvenile redfish and snook have been giving anglers an action packed day on light tackle. A shrimp and a jig is all you need. Around the Cape Sable area, expect to find the same action while fishing the shorelines and creek moth with a jig and shrimp combination. The colder the water, the slower you want to fish it.
The Gulf has also been on fire. From cobia to big redfish it seems that most spots will have great catches. When the wind blows, stay around park boundaries for an action packed day of fishing. Plenty of chum, good current and a bucket of shrimp will keep everyone catching fish. A few inches of lite wire will keep the Spanish mackerel from cutting you off.
If you are not up for a long boat ride, stay close to town and fish the local bridge channels. Lots of action with big jacks, snappers, groupers and many more. Pilchards and shrimp will get you in the action. Guides targeting bonefish have been successful at doing so. They have been working the tides around local flats and banks both bayside and oceanside. Permit have also been caught while bonefishing on the deeper edges.
Over all the fishing in the Florida a Keys backcountry has been the best we have seen in many years. Take advantage of it and go fishing!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another great week here in Islamorada with some beautiful weather, and some great fishing! With the cold front that came through Monday, it has been pretty chilly down here. Sailfishing has been decent all week, with a little slower at the beginning of the week. It has picked up nicely as of Thursday, and looks like it should remain good at least until the next front comes in on Sunday. It’s going to get chilly again, so you had better find some long johns and tough it out! The tuna bite still remained solid for the majority of the week on the local wrecks, and there have been lots of kings to boot. The deep reef was on the slower side with the low temperature, but the shallow patch reefs were on fire with some nice muttons and mangrove snappers. The deep wrecks have been producing with some muttons and groupers, and plenty of kings and an occasional wahoo. Plenty to catch, and more than anyone needs for groceries. Check back next week, thanks for reading!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, the weather for the weekend is looking nice for Key West. The forecast is calling for light winds and the temperature in the high 70’s; the pretty hard to beat for mid-January. The blackfin tuna bite offshore has been great and if you want a shot at these fish on light tackle or fly, now is the time to target them. Using live pilchards around the wrecks have produced the best results. There have also been a few mahi and wahoo around, as well. The cobia have been around on the Gulf side, some of them have been caught as shallow as 20-feet. If the wind is coming out of the south this weekend, fishing the Gulf side is just another option for you.
This week we have had a north wind so on the flats it has been all about the barracudas. That bite has been good to the west of Key West. As the temperature rises this weekend, keep a look out for the bonefish. They may be cruising around the flats if the water gets warm enough. There have also been schools of jacks around in some of the backcountry channels. They have been chasing schools of ballyhoo and the pelicans and frigate birds have been diving on them. The big jacks are nonstop action and are a lot fun on light tackle.
Capt. Jamie Connell