Florida Keys, 3/29/2016

Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 3/28/2016
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There have been some decent catches of Dolphin, but the big blitz is not on yet.  Captain Rick on the Sea Horse had two nice gaffer Dolphin in the twenties in weight and a bunch of Tuna and a Tripletail also on a trip to the blue water last week.  The Islamorada Hump has been fair to good as far as the Tuna bite.  Captain Brian Cone on his “Contagious” offshore boat out of Robbie’s marina did some deep dropping and got into a bunch of nice big Vermillion Snapper one day.
There are still some Sailfish in the mix along the reef, but they will slow down as the water warms.  The big news on the reef is the great bite of Wahoo.  The Wahoo will inhale a big bait slow trolled for King Mackerel, but some captains like to high speed troll lures for the fish.  The charter boat Bally Who out of Whale Harbor Marina had seven Wahoo last week via the fast trolled lure.  A few opted to try for the Yellowtail Snapper and it was fair to good as Captain Robert Mathias had a trip and got a dozen Yellowtail.  Captain Don on the Kay K IV fished the reef and caught a 20 pound African Pompano slow trolling a live Cigar Minnow.  Captain Don also had a bunch of King mackerel.  Captain Juan Garcia has been patch fishing in his bay boat and getting Grouper and Snapper with some Hogfish for good measure.
Gulf and Bay:
Well, all good things must come to an end and the Spanish Mackerel are pretty much over as expected. Guides have been having a ball with the feisty Mackerel since November, but now it is time for the Seatrout to become the target species.  Captain Lou Brubaker had a great morning half day with a dad and two sons on the trout catching a bunch of the specks up to 20 inches on light tackle.  Back near Sandy Key guides have been baiting Sharks and getting Bulls up to an estimated 300 pounds.  On the falling tide there is a good bite on the Tarpon and the bait of choice is Mullet or a live Ladyfish under a float.  Just FYI, Lobster season closes April 1st.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
The backcountry has been fair to good as we had a full moon last week and with the wind tides were strong and the water got muddy in some areas.  There have been some good catches of Snook and Redfish on the tide change in the Flamingo area.  Find the cleaner water and the fish will be there.  The Trout are on and off and will get better in short order.  The water has warmed and the Tarpon are in good supply and cooperating for guides in the channels around Islamorada and out to the west in the channels and around the banks.  Captain Harp on his Allie cat skiff had a great day on Tarpon releasing three one trip. Captain Skip Nielson has been jumping Tarpon as well.