Keys Report, 11/26/2016

Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 11/21/16
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The term “offshore fishing” is pretty much synonymous with the term “Dolphin fishing” here in the keys.  As our winter season deepens, the offshore trips become fewer as most charter captains prefer to stay on the reef to concentrate on Sailfish and mackerel.  That being said, there can be good Dolphin catches in winter, just not offshore.  This week there were a couple of charters that picked up a few Dolphin while on the reef.  Offshore also means Blackfin Tuna.  Any day that is s calm enough for your size boat it is a good bet to take a ride to the hump and get into some Tuna.


The Sailfish are here and being caught by charter boats in the Islamorada area.  It has not been uncommon for a boat to release three or more in a day trip and also boat a few King mackerel too.  Suffice it to say the reef is hot right now and the ever popular Yellowtail Snapper is still in good supply and biting.  Captain Rob Corradi on the Southern Comfort released two Sails and put four Mutton Snapper in the box one day last week to provide several great meals for his clientele.

Gulf and Bay:

The best bet right now and probably will be for a few months to come is the Spanish Mackerel in the Gulf.  These speedsters will crash into a jig with reckless abandon when they are racing around the chum slick.  They are good eating and will flat wear you out in a couple of hours of fishing.  Otherwise look for Cobia and Tripletail to either swim right up to the boat or under any debris or trap floats.  For a big pull there is a variety of Sharks available such as Bulls, Lemons and Blacktip’s and they can be hooked up while chumming for the Spanish mackerel. 

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

The Flamingo area is a hotbed of activity these days.  The weather has stabilized and with water temperatures in the seventies there is a decent bite.  There is apparently a good population of Redfish and they are feeding on Shrimp best on the falling tide.  Captain Lou Brubaker fished a ¾ day last week and released nearly thirty Redfish the largest measured 22 inches.  There were Trout and ladyfish and Jack Crevalle to add to the rod bending. Also there is a great presence of Tarpon too.  The fish range from “babys” to about 60 pounds.  I imagine the fair weather and likable water temperatures prompted all the activity.