Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
November 27 – 29
Hello everyone! The fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry has been spectacular lately. Water levels continue to be really high so now is the time to fish all those shallow spots where usually you need the extra inches to slide though. Great action on the eastern areas of the bay while fishing mainland shorelines and island flats. We got in to some redfish, snook, black drum and others while casting DOA jerk baits and Berkley Gulp shrimp. The Flamingo area has been great if you know where to go and on the right tides. Anglers reported a snooks, redfish and tarpon, but worked hard for it.
If you are looking for some good eating hard fighting fish look no further because the snapper bite in the Florida Keys backcountry and gulf waters is fixing to be really good. Live pilchards or smaller pinfish have been getting the bigger snapper, but artificial baits will get your limit as well.
Out in gulf waters the wrecks and rock piles are holding schools of permit, goliath groupers and a few cobia. The spanish mackerel are slowly starting to show up and pretty soon it will be game on. The areas around park boundaries from Sandy Key to Spriger bank will have some rod bending action with snapper, ladyfish and some trout. Some dirty water has been hanging around the area so finding the clean water is a most.
The bonefish bite throughout the Keys remains excellent around the Ocean and bayside flats. Working the strong tides right now has been proven very productive for many anglers. Keep an eye on the deeper edge of the flats or banks for a hungry pack of permits, a well presented small crab will get you hooked up. The resident tarpon have been enjoying the cooling showers and the decrease in boat traffic around the local islands, bridges, and channels. Live pilchards continue to be the bait of choice. The pilchards have been more abundant and fishing with them around the bridges and channels throughout the keys continues to be very productive. Take advantage of the great fishery we enjoy and take the family fishing!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! There was some crazy weather still moving around down here early in the week, but it finally got nice towards the end. Fishing was a little tougher than we like early on, but was good enough, I suppose. We got a little mixed bag from sails to some reef dwellers. As the winds started calming down, things got better. It’s looking like the weekend is going to be your best bet, as the bite is picking up. Sails started biting better as of Friday, as some current moved in and got things fired up. Not only the sailfishing, but the reef and wrecks were getting happy as well. Still some nice mahi in close too, so the variety right now is really good. Good numbers of kings on the reef and wrecks, plus a few nice African pompano and wahoo. Should be a good bite on the humps this weekend with the calmer seas as well. Bait fishing is solid, so live baiting may be pretty good out there. We are expecting these conditions throughout the weekend, so the fishing should only get better! Be safe out there, and good luck!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast! After another breezy week, it finally looks like the wind will be laying down for the weekend. The weather man is calling for wind around 5-10 mph and sunshine for both Saturday and Sunday. The offshore fishing has been good when we have been able to make it out and it should stay good as we approach this full moon. This time of year you can catch tuna, sailfish or wahoo and I would be looking around some of the offshore wrecks or around the outer reef bar. You can troll or use a variety of live baits to catch these fish. My preference is to use live baits like pilchards, threadfin herring or speedos, but your going to have to put some time in with a cast net or a sabiki rig.
The backcountry should really be beautiful this weekend with the light winds and sunshine. The water temperature has been in the mid-70’s, so we’re still seeing a good number of bonefish and permit. There have been a few big barracudas showing up on the flats as well and they have been fired up. If your looking for more action, fishing in the channels and around the mangroves has been great. There has been jacks, snappers, some small tarpon and other things. Again, I like using live bait, like pilchards or live shrimp in the backcountry, but the tackle shops in Key West have not had any live bait. It’s definitely important to keep that in mind when you’re getting ready for the day.
Capt. Jamie Connell