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 are forecasted to drop again in South Florida for the weekend, paired with gusty winds. It’s been very busy in the Florida Keys backcountry, areas around Flamingo have been getting a lot of pressure lately and for what I heard mostly everybody got into some redfish, trout, snook and black drum. Fish the deeper edges of runoffs, island moats and channels in the Flamingo area for redfish, trout and snook. 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 on in the area giving many anglers a chance to battle with some nice fish. The cool weather that’s forecasted 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, black drum and snook mixed in as well. The recent warm spell brought in some great fishing back in Gulf waters with great catches of cobia, mackerels, snappers, tripletail, sharks and many more.
The bonefishing really picked up last week with the warm conditions. The warmer temperatures have gotten the schools of bonefish moving around ocean side and bay side flats, giving anglers multiple shots at tailing and mudding fish with a couple of permit in the mix. Look for fish to be concentrating on the deeper edges, look for mudding fish and cast a good size shrimp in their path and they should eat it. 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, or not eating well, so let’s wait for the water to warm back up after this cool down for more tarpon fishing action. Enjoy the cooler weather and get out on the water for some great fishing in the Florida Keys Backcountry.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report. The fishing this past week has been pretty good. The super moon has retreated, and the fishing all around has picked up. The bad news is that the Keys are closed starting Sunday at 6pm to everyone who doesn’t live here, or have hotel:housing contracted for at least 28 days, for at least the next 14 days. We will report back once this mess is over. Be safe and respectful of others and we will all get through this.
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, unfortunately the Keys are closed to all visitors so it will just be the locals on the water this weekend. We haven’t really had any business so I have just been fun fishing with friends and other guides. The weather has been awesome and there is little traffic on the water. The offshore fishing remains slow, but a lot of boats have been heading to the Gulf side this week. If you can find the shrimp boats, there have been some big blackfin tunas behind them. There have also been some big snappers, cobia and kingfish on the Gulf wrecks.
The backcountry fishing has been excellent with the nice warm weather we’ve been experiencing down here. With no jet skis and little other boat traffic, the fish have been happy. It’s bizarre to have the Keys as empty as they are during peak season. There have been some big tarpon around and they have been fired up. They have been eating the best early on in the day. Not all the permit have headed offshore to spawn, there still a few hanging on the flats. We saw a lot of tailers on the flats today, but we had trouble getting close enough to them with the light wind. It should be better fishing for them this weekend when the wind picks up.
Capt. Jamie Connell