Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hope everyone enjoyed the warm weather we had lately, but get ready to switch gears back to winter mode. Temperatures have plummeted once again in South Florida and ended up on the colder side by weeks end. Fish the deeper edges of runoffs, island moats and channels in the Flamingo area for redfish, trout and black drum. A shrimp on a 1/4-ounce jig sitting on the bottom or worked really slow will get the bites. Look for trout, ladyfish and jacks around the main channels in the Flamingo area.
The Cape Sable area has been producing great catches of snook, redfish, black drum and tarpon. The warm conditions we had last week got the tarpon going in the area, giving many anglers a chance to battle with some nice fish. The recent cooler weather will push the fish back out, so we just have to wait until the water warms back up. Work the creeks, runoffs and mainland shorelines with a shrimp and jig for redfish, blackdrum and some snook mixed in as well. Same goes towards the middle Cape area, but expect the bite to be better. The recent warm spell brought in some great fishing back in Gulf waters with great catches of cobia, mackerel, snappers, sharks and many more. If the water gets down to the mid 60’s, the action will slow down some but there should still be enough action to keep you busy. The colder it gets the farther west you go for a better bite.
The bonefishing has been up and down depending on the weather conditions. Schools of bonefish are moving around the ocean side and bayside flats, giving anglers multiple shots at tailing and mudding fish with a couple of permit in the mix. When the water temperature drops, expect the action to slow down a bit. Fish the higher tides around ocean side flats in the warmest parts of the day for the best action. As for the tarpon, it seems that one week they’re here and the next they’re gone. The up and down trend in water temperatures has the fish in and out of town, so let’s wait for the water to warm back up after this cool down for more tarpon fishing action. Get those jackets ready, get out on the water and enjoy the great fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! What a crazy week of weather we have been having this week, and now another front is going to come through a cool things off a bit. The weekend weather has Saturday as being nice, but it looks like it’s gonna blow a bit on Sunday at 15-20mph….we will see. Anyway, the fishing has been pretty decent this week with a little bit of everything in it. I mean, isn’t that what we all love about spring anyway! Sails, kings, Tunas, and a few wahoo around this week on and off the edge.
The sails were showering early in the week, but were caught in the kites as well as on ballyhoo. The guys wreck fishing is where the majority of the kings, wahoo, and tunas came from. The wreck fishing is also continuing to heat up with the mutton snappers. Each week it seems they are getting thicker, and it’s just what we would expect. I think they are going to chew as we get further away from the moon through the weekend, so give it a shot. Some really nice african pompano have been around these wrecks too, so don’t be surprised if you get a couple bites from these guys. The reef remains solid with yellowtail snappers, cero mackerel, and some mixed in kings. There are some bottom fish in the slicks too, so cover all the bases. One last note, the permit are starting their annual migration to spawn on the wrecks offshore as well, so if the weather gets nice you will have that to shoot for as well. Plenty going on right now, so should be easy living! Be safe out there, and give us a call if you need a Captain!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, we currently have a lot of wind down here, but it’s starting to die out and the forecast for the weekend looks nice. The forecast is calling for wind out of the east at 10-15 mph, sunny skies and the temperature should be in the mid 70’s. The offshore fishing has been decent, there has been a lot of sargassum weed in the water, which has made it difficult to troll. The water looks great and the Gulfstream is close to the reef. There has been some what of a mixed bag offshore, just not a lot of any particular species. The tuna fishing has slowed up, but there are still some around, a few sailfish close to the reef and a few mahi under the weeds.
The backcountry fishing has been better than the offshore fishing. We have had warm weather down here the water on the flats has been around 75 degrees. We have not been able to get any live crabs or live shrimp in the Lower Keys, so that has made things a little more difficult for the spin anglers. We’ve just been using artificials and frozen shrimp. We saw some tarpon schools around Key West. It seems like there are a few more fish starting to show up the last few days. We saw a few small schools or permit earlier this week. March can be a great time to target these fish on the flats, before they head offshore to spawn. The barracudas are also still around in the shallows. They’ve been fired up and chasing tube lures.
Capt. Jamie Connell