Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 4/15/2019
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The action on Blackfin Tuna on the Islamorada Hump remains good. The Tuna are also being caught on current edges and wind rows inshore of the Hump, all the way to the reef. There have been some good catches of Dolphin in the Bluewater, just not in big numbers. Captain Scott on The Floridian had a nice day offshore with a few gaffer Dolphin. Captain Claude on the Costa Morada found a pack of Wahoo somewhere beyond the reef last week and boated six out of a dozen hooked.
Captain Jack on the Shake and Bait out of Post Card Inn had King Mackerel and Tuna in the box at trips end on a mid week outing. Captain Chuck on his Dee Cee released a Sailfish and caught Amberjack and Dolphin just beyond the coral this past week. The Dauntless out of Bud and Mary’s Marina released six Sailfish and boated one Blackfin Tuna on a great trip. Otherwise the Yellowtail Snapper action is very good. Captains are reporting catching Grouper and releasing them as the season remains closed until May 1st.
Gulf and Bay:
There has been little chatter on Gulf action recently. In Florida Bay the Tarpon are in good supply and feeding on the tide change near Sandy Key and out in the Cape Sable area. Seatrout action is just great and should remain so for a couple of months. Captain Lou Brubaker has had a couple of Trout charters this past week and reports catching quantity as well as quality with plenty of Seatrout over twenty inches. Captain Lou tells us they release all the big Trout to spawn.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Captain Freddie out of Smugglers Cove Marina reports having a day with Snook, Redfish and Trout virtually non stop. Captain Freddie did not reveal where his sensational bite occurred. As reported earlier, the Tarpon season is in full swing. Although Tarpon can be a bit finicky, the action has been good. Captains are either buying live Mullet or catching them in a cast net. The Mullet are suspended under a small float and drifted in the channels or adjacent to a bank. Don’t forget the Permit [fish]. Bring a few live crabs to fish while in the Tarpon areas and maybe get two thirds of a Grand Slam.