Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Great fishing going on in the Florida Keys backcountry right now. It seems that all areas of the Everglades National Park are producing great catches for any type of angler. Snook, tarpon, redfish, trout and jacks can all be found around the mainland shorelines, island moats and flats from Key Largo to Cape Sable and beyond. Live baits as well as artificials seem to be producing for everybody. The change of season is around the corner and so are the Spanish Mackerel and cobia. Look for this fishery to keep getting better in the weeks to come as water temperatures keep cooling. Heading out into Gulf waters this weekend might be tough due to the forecasted windy conditions.
Anglers working the shallow flats and banks both bayside and ocean side have been reporting multiple shots at schools of bonefish. They have been casting flies and live shrimp with great success. Anglers have also been reporting some good permit fishing on the deeper edges of flats and banks both bayside and ocean side. A small crab casted perfectly in their path will get you a hook up.
There are some resident tarpon around the local bridges, creeks and adjacent shorelines. Once you locate the fish, get them fired up with live pilchards. We have also been having some great action while fishing the bottom around the local channels with the pilchards. Nice keeper groupers, muttons and others kept us busy. The bait has been easy to find, look for the birds diving on them early in the morning throughout the ocean side and bay side shorelines. Most likely your favorite bait spot will be full of them. Enjoy the weekend and all the great fishing opportunities going on in the Florida Keys backcountry.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! A blustery week here in the Upper Keys, and not many boats made it out. We managed a couple days, and made the best of it on the reef and wrecks. Yellowtails, jacks, kings, and a few sails was the best of it. A few tunas off the hump was reported by one boat that ventured out, but due to how rough it was they didn’t stay long, but they did find a dozen mahi on the way home. Nothing from the deep ledges due to the wind, but with the winds coming down, we will see after the weekend. Nothing too crazy going on, just hoping for some manageable weather this weekend to get back in the swing of things. Short and sweet this week, but check back next week for our new report! Be safe out there!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, it looks like we have a breezy weekend ahead. The weather report has a front moving in Friday afternoon, with a good a chance of rain Friday evening and early Saturday. The rain is moving out quick though and the wind will be out of the northeast from 15-20mph. If you can get offshore, there has been a few tunas around the deeper wrecks, from 150-300 feet of water. The best bite has been early or later in the day. If its too sporty to get offshore, you can try fishing some of the shallow reefs and rock piles around Hawk Channel on the south side of the Keys. This is the time of year where some of bigger grouper and snapper move into the shallow water and they are on the protected side, when the wind comes out of the north.
The fishing in the backcountry has really been great. Its still warm enough on the flats, so if you want to sight cast fish, you can get shots at all of our big three species; permit, bonefish and tarpon. If you’re just looking to bend rods, there have been nice snappers, jacks and all kinds of predators around as well. The bait has really been thick around the mangroves and in some of basins. We have found all kinds of bait, like pilchards, ballyhoo and mullet. The ability to throw a cast net well can really make or break your day this time of year.
Capt. Jamie Connell