The Keys


Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 4/10/17
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The Mahi are beginning to show up for some of those who take the run offshore in search of blue water. Captain Wayne King fishing out of the Founders Park Docks had a box full of Dolphin before 12:30 on Sunday. The charter boat indigenous out of Bud and Mary’s had a good bunch of Dolphin one day also. The Captain Easy out of Post Card Inn got into some very large Blackfin Tuna on the Islamorada Hump and caught a big Amberjack too.
Yellowtail action has continued to be great. Bay boats captains have been catching the Yellowtail Snapper on the nice weather days. Captain Billy on his Vera Vita charter boat out of Whale Harbor Marina has been hitting the reef a couple of times a week and getting a limit of big Yellowtail Snapper most trips. As usual when fishing the Yellowtail there are also Mutton and Mangrove Snapper caught also. And the Cero Mackerel will crash the chum slick inhaling the bits of bait intended for the Snapper too. There have been some Sailfish caught and released also and The Captain Easy did release one Sail on the reef last week.
Gulf and Bay:
The month of April has been calm one day and windy the next, pretty much a carbon copy of the previous month. The water has warmed up into the mid to upper seventies though and that means it is time to look for the Tarpon. Guides have had success catching Tarpon in the channels near Islamorada and way out in the backcountry and in the Cape Sable area. Live Mullet is the bait of choice, but the Tarpon will inhale a dead bait on a channel bottom too. In the Gulf, Captain Juan Garcia has been getting into some good Tripletail action and finding some good Snapper too. In the Bay the Trout bite is going strong. There are two concentrations of Trout one up near the shoreline in the north central area of the bay and the other out to the west near Sandy key. Look for Mangrove Snapper to be mixed in with the Trout bite to the west.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
On the flats Captain Skip Paxton, out of Whale Harbor Marina has been poling the shallows and finding some Bonefish for his fare. Captain Dave Borras had a senior citizen out fly fishing one trip last week and the man caught four Tarpon on fly. Most guides are taking the long ride out to Cape Sable in search for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and more. Captain Skip Neilson has been fishing the Cape and catching at least one Tarpon each trip. Snook are being caught in the canals and creeks that flow into the Gulf.