Florida Keys, 6/30/2016


Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 6/27/2016
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Dolphin catches remain as they have been most of the season and that is, slow to good.  The catch consists mostly of School size Dolphin caught under birds or in current edges with some nice gaffer Dolphin in the mix also. Captain Ross on the Early Bird out of Post Card Inn in Islamorada caught a few Dolphin on the small side on Friday but got into some good action with the Amberjack and caught a few Bonito to round out the rod bending in the blue water.   Many captains have included some deep dropping when in search of Dolphin offshore.  Some use electric reel and some use the old crank method of angling when dropping.  The depths are from 300 to 600 or more feet of water.  There is a “chicken rig” above the lead, which is a multi hook rig baited with any tough cut bait.  Species include a variety of Snapper and Grouper with Porgy and Tilefish.
Thank gosh for the Yellowtail Snapper.  The Yellowtail action could be no more consistent.  There are favorite tried and true spots all along the reef and fish are responding to a heavy chum line and picking up bits of bait drifted with the chum.  There are a few Mangrove and Mutton Snapper involved too.  For the Muttons the area just off of the reef from 100 to 200 feet of water has been productive.  Depth finders will show “scratches” where the fish are suspended just a little off of the live bottom areas.   Anchoring takes some talent and baits range from Pinfish to fresh cut Ballyhoo plugs.  Many charter captains will slow troll live Cigar Minnows just off of the bottom for the Muttons.
Gulf and Bay:
Florida bay fishing has been good.  Some captains like Captain John Gargan are doing a nice job on the Mangrove Snapper and Trout.  For the Snapper fish around the island moats and for the Trout drift the off color areas in 4 to 7 feet of water in the northern areas of the Bay.    Down towards the Gulf the action is even better on the Snapper and Trout.  Captain Lou Brubaker has been drifting and jigging the Trout and Snapper getting plenty of fish for a great meal for his fare.   Along the Yacht Channel where the Gulf meets the bay the Tarpon are roaming the banks and channels.  Live Mullet or Ladyfish suspended under a float is the preferred method of bait fishermen.  Leaders of 60 to 80 pound test are standard with a hook of 6/0 to 7/0.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
All species that swim in the Flamingo are available according to tide the time of day.  The best action is out at Cape Sable.  There are some nice Snook being caught and released.  Most guides choice of bait is Pinfish fished on ten pound spin. The Tarpon are gorging on Mullet in the channels and along the beaches. And the same techniques apply for tackle as previously mentioned.