Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Rainy conditions prevailed throughout last weekend. We mostly stayed closed to Islamorada and fished the local channels, putting together a great bite of groupers, snappers, sharks and tarpon. The weekend is forecasted to be a lot better and all the fresh water we had should fire up the bite. The mullet muds throughout the Bay are holding trout and ladyfish, the trick is to find the mud that has the fish. Lots of baby tarpon can be seen rolling in Snake Bight Channel with some snook and redfish in the runoffs. Big sharks know that and are going to be waiting to steal your catch. The middle grounds area is holding some trout and the regular rod benders. The grassy bottom by First National is also holding some nice trout with some snappers, as well.
The snook bite along the beach and mainland shorelines from East Cape, North, has been good but with a bad shark problem. As soon as you start catching fish, the sharks have been eating them. So if you get a snook or redfish taken by a shark I recommend going somewhere else, because they most likely will not leave you alone. Keep some ladyfish and jacks and feed them to the sharks with a hook on it, make them pay!
Look for the grassy areas near the Park boundaries To be holding some nice trout and snappers. White pompano jigs and scented soft plastics have been getting great action. Chumming and free lining chunks of fresh ballyhoo, ladyfish or pinfish have been catching the bigger snappers.
The tarpon bite is still going on the daytime hours while fishing the local bridges and channels. If you put the time in, you will most likely catch one. Mullet, ladyfish and crabs have all been getting bites. We have also been catching some nice keeper grouper on the channels with big grey snapper mixed in as well with chunk ladyfish and mullet working great. Concentrate on the early mornings and late afternoon for the best bonefishing action. Tailing fish can be found on the ocean side and bay side flats, with some permit cruising the deeper edges. Small crabs work great for both species. Keep your rain gear on board along with some good bug repellent and plenty of water and get out on the Florida Keys backcountry for some great fishing!
Hello everyone and welcome back to this week report! Some crazy weather we have had this week, but we did manage to get a few trips in and the fishing is pretty good! The mahi action was probably the best of it this week, with a lot of schoolie size fish around. You had to cull through some of the schools, but there were plenty of them. A few nicer fish up to a teenager or two, but nothing big, just lots of little guys. Perfect fish for the dinner table, but not much for the wall. The tuna fishing this week has been decent for the guys who made it out to the humps, at least for the feather tunas. The sharks were so bad on the live bait that the bigger fish were uncatchable due to the tax man. Plenty of AJ’s on the humps, as well. We didn’t do any deep dropping this week, and I didn’t talk to anyone that did, but the current was racing pretty good, so not sure how that worked out. The wrecks were decent this week with a few nice mutton snappers, and good numbers of kings…big one’s too. A lot of sharks in these areas as well. The reef bite was good this week, probably the next best fishing area, as the yellowtail snappers were cooperating pretty good. Pretty nice sized ones too, and the sharks were actually pretty nice to us. This is definitely worth checking out if you can make it out on the reef. All in all, the fishing is pretty good for coming off the new moon, and should definitely pick up by the weekend. The weather is starting to look a little dicey in the forecast, but we will have to wait and see what really happens. I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend, and we look forward to see you all soon after we open up June 1st! Be good everyone and stay safe!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, we just got word earlier this week that the Keys will be open to tourists starting June 1st. The fishing has been great and there is little pressure on the fish, so now is a great time to get here get on the water. We had some great weather this week, but the wind forecast for the weekend is picking up. It will be building to 15 to 20mph out of the east and there is a 50% chance of rain. Offshore, there have been plenty of dolphin around, a lot schoolies with a few bigger fish mixed in. Look for floating debris and birds when you get offshore, that will help you locate the dolphin.
Inshore fishing continues to be awesome. The tarpon continue to eat well, particularly early on in the day. We have been casting everything from flies, to artificial lures on spinning gear, like Shimano Wax Wings and different kinds of soft plastics. There were also a few more permit around this week. They may be starting to make their way back into the shallows from spawning. The next couple months can be a great time to fish for permit in the Keys. It’s hard to find live shrimp and crabs around here at the moment, but hopefully that will change when we open up next month.
Capt. Jamie Connell