Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 4/24/2017
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Seeing as the wind is still howling pretty hard there have been few charters making the run out in search of Dolphin. Plenty of captains are fishing the Islamorada Hump and catching lots of Blackfin Tuna and dropping for Amberjack with good results. Captain Paul on the Reef Runner had a great day on the hump getting three Amberjack and a box full of Tuna. Captain Benny Spaulding on his Play Baby charter boat had a great catch of Tuna and got four Dolphin, one of which was an estimated twenty pounds.
Again, the weather has not cooperated and provided pretty strong winds making for some uncomfortable conditions. Captain Don Chittick on the Kay K IV had a rough ride one day last week but got a limit of Yellowtail for his fare also keeping five Mutton Snapper and five King mackerel. Captain Brian Cone on his “Contaqious” boat Also fished the reef and had a ball with the Yellowtail Snapper. There are still Sailfish being caught and the occasional Cobia also.
Gulf and Bay:
With no reports from the Gulf it was Florida Bay that provided the action. Many guides fished the Seatrout as there are still lots of family spring break charters going on. The target species is the Trout, Snapper, Ladyfish and Jacks. These “bread and Butter” species provide plenty of action for youngsters and families and also [the trout] a nice dinner. Beyond the Trout there have been some folks fishing for Sharks to round out the day. Back near the Gulf a dead bait on the bottom will usually get a Shark bite. There are Lemon, Bull and Blacktip Sharks in good numbers.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Suffice it to say we all are ready to start complaining about the heat and lack of breeze, but not this past week as the wind machine dictated where most guides fished. Flamingo and the Cape Sable area were two locations that were responsible for some good reports. There have been Snook and Redfish catches reported up shallow in Flamingo and Good action with Tarpon along the Cape Sable beaches and in some of the canals. Tarpon fishing has been tough with the hard wind and off color water for the most part. There are plenty of Tarpon living and feeding in and around the channels in the Islamorada area and as the month of May approaches the Tarpon bite will be nothing less than sensational. Fishing Tarpon close to home will be using twenty or thirty-pound spin or conventional tackle. Bait of choice will be live Mullet and small live crabs under a float.
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