Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Great summer fishing going on in the Florida Keys backcountry. We survived another lobster mini season and most of us got our fair share of bugs. The Flamingo area has been productive lately with a decent bite of snook, trout and redfish. Work the tides up on the flats for some great redfish action.
The snapper and trout bite has been great while fishing the grassy bottom from Sandy Key all the way to Sprigger Bank around the park boundaries. We have been bouncing white 1/2 oz pompano jigs and D.O.A. baits on the bottom while drifting for a mixed bag of big trout, snappers, ladyfish and many more.
Can’t go wrong in the Cape Sable area this time of the year. Lots of snook with hungry sharks right behind them, a few reds and tarpon are all available in the areas of East Cape canal and all the way up the coast. Work the shorelines casting soft plastics. Live baits like pinfish or pilchards will get the best action once you located the fish. The tarpon have been eating live mullet and pinfish on the surface and on the bottom. Great sharking action going on as well, while tarpon fishing.
Out on Gulf waters, the bite continues to be good with some cobia, permit and many more still being found on the wrecks. An awesome shark bite, with many other species available for a fun day of fishing.
Tarpon are rolling around the bridges and channels throughout the Keys. The lobster mini season put a halt on the tarpon bite but it should start to get back to normal for the weekend. Drift or anchor up on one of the many bridges and adjacent channels from Islamorada down south on the early mornings. The bait of choice for the day time hours has been the mullet, fished both live on the surface or dead on the bottom. A live well full of pilchards will be deadly in the early morning hours. When the sun goes down, especially with an outgoing tide, drift with some medium-sized crabs for the best action. Permit fishing continues to be productive while stalking the local banks and deeper edges of ocean side flats. Being stealthy when you locate the fish is the key to a hook up. Bonefish continue to patrol the ocean and bay side flats throughout the Keys with the mornings and late afternoon being best. Look for the fish to be tailing and pushing on the lower stages of the tide and mudding on the higher stages. A shrimp casted right on target is your best chance for a hookup. It’s that time of the year were we need to keep an eye on the tropics for approaching storms. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for the weekend. Looking forward to great fishing in the up coming months.
Keep an eye on the weather and get out on the water for some great Islamorada backcountry fishing.
Welcome back everyone to this week’s report! What a great week we have had here in our little slice of paradise, as the weather and fishing has been awesome! Some really great fishing this week, both offshore and on the reef. The offshore fishing has been great with a lot of nice mahi around, as well as some nice tunas. The trick has been live bait, but if you had it you were going to get it done! Set after set of birds offshore between 600 to 1500 feet, with all sizes mixed in. The humps produced the nicer tunas this week, and thankfully the bait has been good, so live baiting was an option. Even a few appearances from nicer sized wahoo, and a few billfish thrown in has made for some really great trips this week. The reef and wreck fishing has been solid as well, but the best remains the mangrove snapper spawn. These fish are getting bigger, and has drawn in quite the supporting cast with muttons, groupers, and cobia. These fish get really hungry as they continue to spawn, and can get really aggressive. Not to mention they put up a pretty good fight on the light tackle as well. Fishing has been awesome all week, and we even took a break from fishing and did a few lobster charters for the kick off of lobster min-season. Lobstering was pretty good all-around it sounded like, as most were catching their limit of 6 per person. The water could have been a little cleaner, but they guys managed to get it done on all trips. On a different note, it isn’t looking like too much for the weekend. Maybe Sunday, but with the storm moving closer it looks like Saturday is going to be a “bust”, but we are hopeful that Sunday will work out. That’s it for this week, but stay tuned as we will be back at the end of next week with a new report to discuss how me made out! Be safe everyone, and have a great weekend!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, the weather and the fishing are looking nice for the weekend. We are going to have a little bit of a breeze, it looks to be around 15mph out of the east, but mostly sunny with our usual chance of showers during the day. The mahi fishing offshore has been great, were been finding the fish around 400 feet of water and for the most part, they have been under weeds and birds. We haven’t had too many short fish, most of them have been keepers and there been a few big ones mixed in as well. The grey snappers have been biting on the reef too. We have been mostly fishing them in 40-50ft and using live pinfish or strips of bonita to catch them. You can live line jigs or drop chicken rigs all the way to the bottom.
The backcountry fishing remains really good. Overall, there has not been a lot of traffic on the water, so the fish have been happy. Most of the big tarpon have moved on, but we still have the small ones around and they should be here for a few months. The bonefishing has been great too. Were going to have good tides this weekend and the sun is going to be out, so this should be great time to fish them. Its also the first weekend of our lobster season, so you can also jump in the water and grab some bugs for dinner.
Capt. Jamie Connell