Florida Keys

Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 11/28/16
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There are few captains running offshore these days.  Captain Wayne King took a ride to the Islamorada Hump last week and did a bang up job on the Blackfin Tuna.  Captain Wayne was trolling black and red feathers and the Tuna ranged from a few pounds up to about eight pounds.  The Tuna bite will be good in winter as long as there is a good current running creating an upwelling of deep ocean water bringing the bait fish to the surface.


The reef has been alive with plenty of good fishing.  Captain Paul on the Reef Runner fished the reef one day last week and got into King Mackerel, Bonito and caught a couple of Mutton Snapper.  The Early Bird boat out of Post Card Inn caught a Sailfish and some King Mackerel and Bonito also.  The Doghouse with Captain Chris Scott had a terrific day releasing nine Sailfish on Saturday.  Captain Don on his Fishin’ Mission out of Whale Harbor Marina got into the Mutton Snapper with five nice Muttons on the rack at days end.  They also had Yellowtail Snapper and one Red Grouper.

Gulf and Bay:

In the Gulf, most of the attention is garnered by the Spanish Mackerel.  The Spanish bite is good, but the catch area is a little north of the usual Sprigger bank hot spot.  Mixed in while catching the Mackerel are some nice Mangrove Snapper, Jack Crevalle and Lemon Sharks in the 10 to 20 pound range.  Captain Lou Brubaker fished three days in the Gulf over the holiday weekend and got Spanish Mackerel, big Lane Snapper, Mutton, Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper.  There were lots of small Lemon Sharks in the mix also.  During the three day event they caught one legal Cobia a juvenile Permit and a couple of Pompano.  When one customer asked to catch something big, they put down a 30# rod with a 12 inch Catfish as bait.  In short order the reel clicker began to purr and a fight ensued.  After dropping the anchor and being dragged for 30 minutes a Goliath Grouper estimated at 300 pounds begrudgingly popped to the surface.  Mission accomplished. 

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

Lots of guides fished the Flamingo and Cape Sable area and it was reported that the Snook bite was pretty good.  Captain Eric Scoble on his Hewes skiff fished a shoreline in the Flamingo area and caught a few Snook on live Pinfish.  Captain Skip Neilson ran to Cape Sable and put his customers on Snook and Redfish with plenty of Jack Crevalle to fill in the spaces.  Captain John Gargan on his 22 foot bay boat fished a couple of half days and not running too far from the dock put his fare on some good Mangrove Snapper and Trout.