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Florida Keys Forecast

Florida Keys Forecast
Florida Keys Forecast

Key Largo to Key West

Captains Juan Garcia, James Chappell and Jamie Connell tackle backcountry, inshore and offshore fishing from Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon.

June 24 - 26


Hello everyone! I'm sure every angler that has braved the hot temperatures, bugs and passing storms in the Florida Keys backcountry got rewarded with some great fishing. We had some amazing fishing with lots of snook, some tarpon and redfish on recent outings. The snook bite among others has been spectacular in the Everglades National Park. Flies, live bait or artificial's are all working great.  Captain Brian Gwilliam has been getting into a great tarpon, snook and redfish bite while fishing the areas west of Flamingo, live baits have been his bait of choice. Look for the good snook bite to continue in the Flamingo area with nice redfish, trout and a few tarpon as well. Live pinfish or pilchards is the way to go but scented soft plastics like Berkley Gulps will get the job done. Fish some dead baits on the bottom around the deeper channels for the big sharks in the area and the occasional tarpon.

Look for the snapper and trout bite to continue as you head west from the middle grounds towards First National Bank. The Cape Sable area continues to produce great catches of snook, redfish and tarpon. Working the shorelines with your trolling motor can be very productive while casting scented soft plastics like Berkley Gulp's! Take your time and work with the tides and soon enough you will start catching. Look for the bonefish to be more active on the early and later parts of the day around oceanside and bayside flats. Permit continue to patrol the deeper edges of flats and banks both ocean and bayside.

Out on the Gulf Wrecks look for a variety of species, from permit to cobia, big sharks and Goliath groupers plus all the rod benders that frequent those areas. Closer to the park boundaries the big trout bite continues to be phenomenal with some nice Snappers as well. Bouncing jigs on the bottom has been the ticket while drifting.

Captain Carlos Jimenez out of Worldwide Sportsman marina has been getting into a good tarpon and jack bite really early in the mornings while fishing the Islamorada bridges. Live baits have been getting most of the action. Tarpon continue to be available around the local bridges and channels. The daytime action has been best while fishing live or dead baits. Live crabs at night continue to provide the most hookups. Snappers and groupers continue to be part of the action. Overall the fishing is good in the Florida Keys backcountry. Get one of the best guides in the business to take you out and experience the great summertime fishing the Florida Keys has to offer. 

Till next week,

Capt. Juan Garcia
(305) 297-0438

Upper Keys - report from June 17

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! What a beautiful week we’ve had here in the Upper Florida Keys and the fishing is picking up after this moon, so things are coming together. The mahi report offshore has been on the slow side, but managing enough for a few dinners nonetheless. If this year is anything like last year things should be picking up starting now! The bite to the south has been a little better, so we should see these fish start heading our way. The sword ledge has been producing this week with a few smaller fish, but decent ones I would say. A few in the 100-pound mark that I know of, but nothing crazy. The weather has been really nice for it, so it has been a good offshore variety as the Marathon hump has been hot with a size large tuna bite. The sharks have been tough but have managed to get more than our share most days. The reef and wrecks have been heating up as the muttons and groupers have been chewing with this moon. It has been a late spawn this year so maybe we will get an extra moon out of the deal with these guys? We will see.

Well, that’s it for this week. Check back next week for a new report! Be safe out there!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell
(305) 803-1321

Lower Keys - report from March 4

Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast. We have had a warm windy week down here and it looks to be more of the same for Saturday. However, the wind does look like it's dropping out on Sunday, so that may be a nicer day on the water. Offshore fishing seems to be decent all around. There's been some of everything: sailfish, wahoo and blackfin tunas. The mahi mahi can always show up too.  It has been rough offshore because the wind has been blowing about 20mph out of the east.

This is a great time of year to fish inshore when the weather warms and it’s been a great week with a warm east wind and a lot of sunshine. There have been a few tarpon showing up in the backcountry and the permit fishing has been great on the flats. Casting in this wind is super challenging for my anglers, but that’s the name of the game when your flats fishing. There have been some bonefish and barracudas on the flats as well.      

Capt. Jamie Connell
(908) 303-9873


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