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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.

May 13 - 15

Backcountry - report from May 6

Hello everyone! The winds finally slowed down and we had some better fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry. Anglers fishing the Flamingo area had mixed reports with some finding fish and others having a tough time. Captain Carlos Jimenez had a great day on a recent outing catching some nice snook and redfish. Some also reported a decent trout bite on some of the bays east of Flamingo. Anglers targeting bonefish on the Islamorada flats reported some decent action while throwing flies and live shrimp at schooling fish. Some great permit catches were reported as well.

The mangrove snapper bite in Gulf waters has been great lately with some nice fish being caught. The trout bite on the western areas of the bay has been spotty lately do to some bad water quality. Finding good water has been key to catching some quality fish.

The tarpon fishing has been a bit slow lately but the anglers that put the time on it working the tides around the many Islamorada bridges and channels where rewarded with some bites. We have also been catching some nice snappers, snook, jacks, barracuda, sharks and groupers. Looking forwards to some great fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry.

Till next week,

Capt. Juan Garcia
(305) 297-0438

Upper Keys

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! Another great week in the islands of the upper Florida Keys and yet another weird week of weather. Just when you think the fronts are over, we get one in the second week of May…pretty crazy. Anyway, it is what it is, so it definitely could be worse.

The fishing this week on the reef has been pretty good. The yellowtail snappers have been biting pretty good, as well as the groupers. Some nice bar jacks and cero mackerel on the reef have made for some great excitement. The wreck fishing has been slow but only because there is nearly zero current. Had a trickle up the road today but was barely enough to move the boat, so the bottom fishing hasn’t been too great.  We have managed a few here and there but nothing worth spending a lot of time on.

The offshore bite this week has been on the slow side as well with very little current offshore. The fleet has been picking up a few mahi here and there, but there isn’t a “real” body of fish up here just yet. It appears that down south there is a decent body and we are waiting for it to move up here, or a new batch move in with some current. Tunas are slow on the Islamorada and 409 humps, except for the feather tunas. The larger ones are on the Marathon hump if you can make the trek. Plenty of jacks and sharks on all the humps, so no reason not to catch anything. Deep dropping has been on the slow side with the lack of current, but I am sure it is all going to pick up soon enough.

Way offshore on the sword ledge there has been some pretty epic fishing. A lot of bites over the past couple weeks and a lot of fish being caught.  A few sea monsters caught as well in the 500-pound range but lots of smaller fish in 40- to 120-pound range. A lot of fun out on the ledge the past couple weeks for sure and the weather is getting right again, so I am sure there will be more caught. Looking forward to the weekend and this beautiful weather. Hope to see you 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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