Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon
Hello everyone! Typical springtime weather has settled in the Florida Keys backcountry. Anglers fishing the mainland shorelines from Key Largo to Flamingo reported some fair action most of last week, putting together some great catches of redfish, trout, big jacks, snappers, plus had some shots at snook and tarpon. Sightfishing around the islands and mainland shorelines will be rewarding with redfish, snook, tarpon and many more. The trout bite in the bay continues to be good, if you find the mullet muds and you will find the fish. Move around until you find the mud that’s holding fish. Soft plastics under a popping cork are getting the bites. The bite in the Flamingo area will be descent with redfish, snook, trout, tarpon and sharks. Fish the runoffs, island moats and flats for the snook and redfish and concentrate on the deeper channels while targeting the tarpon and sharks. Same goes in the Cape Sable area, snook and reds are being caught by anglers working the creeks and shorelines. Tarpon can be seen rolling in the area and sharks continue to patrol looking for an easy meal.
The tripletail have been lurking by the few crab trap buoys left, so it might be worth your time to do some hunting when the weather permits before the traps get pulled. Out on the wrecks, anglers have been getting in to a little bit of everything from permit to cobia and even tarpon, plus nice snappers and groupers. Plenty of rod bending action makes for a great time on the water for the whole family. Out towards the park boundaries, trout and snappers have been good and will continue to be so for the time being. Drift the area while bouncing bucktail jigs close to the bottom or cast popping corks and jigs with Berkley Gulp! Shrimp for great action.
For the fly fishermen, now is the time to get all those sought after shots at tarpon. Look for the fish to be pushing ocean side around the points of flats and channels and around bayside banks. It might be tougher with the windy conditions, but the local guides have been getting their anglers multiple shots at the silver king. Bait fishing for tarpon has been good around the local bridges and channels during daytime hours. Fresh butterflied mullet on the bottom or live under a cork has been best. Live crabs drifted at night on the outgoing tide will guarantee multiple hook ups.
Permit can be found feeding around the deeper edges of flats and banks both ocean side and bayside while heading to the reef to spawn. Look for the bonefish to continue to be tailing on the lower stages of the tides and pushing or mudding on the higher tidal stages around ocean side flats and bayside banks. Enjoy the great fishing going on in the Florida Keys backcountry and take somebody fishing!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another crazy week of weather, but it finally got nice on Thursday. It looks like Friday will be nice and then a little rough on the weekend with winds 15-mph out of the Southeast. Some good fishing setting up for the weekend, as the current has pushed in and is moving pretty good up the road. Good numbers of sailfish seem to be moving in, so hopefully this will hold up and create some good fishing. This should also help the reef bite with the way the tide is incoming through the early part of the day. The wrecks should be picking up now that we have current, so that’s a good option. The reef remains really good as the snappers continue to spawn, so things are looking good for the weekend. Have a great weekend everyone, see ya next week!
Welcome back to the Lower Keys Fishing Forecast, we had decent weather and decent fishing over the past week. The wind forecast over the weekend is at 15-20mph out of the southeast, so it will be breezy. It’s also calling for a high chance of rain on Sunday. The blue water has been pushed in close to the reef and there have been a few sailfish spraying baits around there. The tunas have been bit a little better on the wrecks offshore, it’s not as great as it was during the winter, but there are some big blackfins out there. The mahi are beginning to show up, as well. Mostly, they have been found out in the deeper water and under floating debris or frigate birds.
The backcountry fishing has been decent, as well. We started seeing more tarpon around Key West this week, but it has been tough to get them to eat. If the weather stays warm and the wind isn’t cranking, there should be more tarpon in the air over the next few days. Sometimes when a large group of fish move in, it’s hard to get them to eat, it usually takes a day or two for them to settle in. Although, many of the permit are spawning on wrecks offshore, we are still seeing a few of them around in the backcountry. Permit don’t mind the wind, so if you can get your hands on some crabs for the weekend, you can look for them in the backcountry or see if they are spawning over some of the wrecks.
Capt. Jamie Connell
Source: Florida Fisherman
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