The Keys


Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 6/5/2017
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The Bluewater action is at its best as Dolphin {Mahi-Mahi} catches have beer just great. Captain David on the Miller Time said that there were all the Dolphin you need inside the hump one day last week. But as good as the Dolphin catches are some captains are adding a twist to their offshore trip. Captain Travis on his Indigenous charter out of Bud and Mary’s Marina added some deep dropping to his day and got some Tilefish to rack alongside of a good catch of Dolphin at days end. On the Captain Easy out of Post Card Inn Captain Bruce Anderson caught two Swordfish also putting six Dolphin in the boat.
For those who choose not to run to the Bluewater the reef is giving up some good catches of Yellowtail Snapper. A few charters are live bait fishing just outside the reef edge. Slow trolling live Pilchards or Ballyhoo deep had yielded Mutton Snapper and Grouper. The Catchalottafish out of World Wide Sportsman Marina just bailed the Muttons recently catching several of the tasty Snapper over ten pounds. The Permit fish are hovering on reef wrecks pre-spawn and will inhale a small crab. Fishing the patches inside the reef in ten to twenty feet of water will give up good catches of Mangrove Snapper and Porgy along with Hogfish and usually undersize Grouper.
Gulf and Bay:
In the Gulf, there has been good fishing for Snapper with some Trout taking up residence on wrecks and live bottom areas. Captain Lou Brubaker fished a wreck last week and began catching big Lane Snapper before a strong line squall forced them to run for shallow water. Inside the Gulf in Florida Bay the Seatrout and Mangrove Snapper are going strong. The Trout seem to have slowed down some, but the Mangrove Snapper are taking up the slack nicely. There are lots of Tarpon living and feeding on the west side of Florida bay and when conditions are right will eat a chunk on the bottom or live bait under a float and additionally will pile on all manner of artificial from plugs to fly’s.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
It may be accurate to say that, most small boats guides are focused on Tarpon fishing. Half day trips around the bridges either morning or evening using live bait under a float may account for most Tarpon action. Captain John Gargan out of Whale Harbor Marina has been Tarpon fishing evenings by chumming carcasses and fishing chunk bait on the bottom. John has been getting one or two Tarpon per trip. Back in the bay the Tarpon are in the Flamingo, Cape Sable and Sandy Key area and fishing the last of the falling tide is often best. Live or chunk bait will do the trick. In the back, there are lots of Sharks to deal with though. Trout and Snapper provide good action many areas in the backcountry also.