Florida Keys Report, 12/7/2016

Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 12/5/16
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Dolphin aficionado’s have little to do but dream of and wait for the upcoming Dolphin season which will kick off sometime in April.  There will be some Dolphin caught by reef anglers throughout the winter, but traditional Dolphin fishing offshore is pretty much non existent in winter.  Look for Offshore action on the Islamorada Hump and the 409 Hump in the form of Blackfin Tuna.  The Tuna will be chasing bait that is a result of the upwelling of deep ocean water rising from the depths after running into these seamounts.  The Tuna will eat a small jap feather with the favorite being black and red.  When trolling the humps for the Blackfin remember to put the lures about three times as far back as you would the Dolphin lures.  The Blackfin Tuna will also be caught by live bait slow trolling or by chumming live baits and then casting live bait to the busting fish.


The Islamorada Sailfish Tournament is going on now, so look for results from that extravaganza next week.  The Sailfish action has been very good though for charters this past week.  Yellowtail Snapper and King Mackerel have been good one day and slow the next. The reason for that is the conditions are never static.  There will be current and clean water one day and no current and off color water the next.  Bay boat guides have been fishing inside the reef on the patches of live bottom and having a ball with Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, Porgy and more.

Gulf and Bay:

The Gulf report may sound like a broken record, but when there is one species that is turned on and eager to bite you will hear about it over and over.  That species is the Spanish mackerel.  The ticket to success on the Mackerel is to find the clean water.  The near Gulf is susceptible to off color water blowing out of the Florida Bay and often a tide line can be found with smoky water on one side and clean, clear water on the other.  Find the clear water and anchor down, start chumming and they will come.  Look for incidental action with Snapper, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and keep your eye peeled for a Cobia that may just swim right up to the transom,. 

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

Captain Lou Brubaker has been finding good action on Mangrove Snapper in the bay.  There have been some Trout located also.  Expect the Seatrout action to get better as time passes.  There have been reports of good catches of Snook in Flamingo and Cape Sable.  There are Redfish being caught in the moats around the islands.  The Flamingo area is where the gulf tides move water that carries bait throughout the whole system.  Find channels, drains pot holes and ditches and you will find productive spots to fish.