A wild week on the water

A wild week on the water

Brooklyn, NY-based firefighters Ed and Chris took a fishing vacation to the Florida Keys where Ed landed his first mutton snapper as well as his first dolphin aboard The Best Bet IV with Capt. Bobby Manske.

While the Best Bet teams braved some seriously gusty winds and choppy water this week, the front that moved through the Keys on Sunday afternoon has certainly brought some positive changes to our local fisheries.

The bite has been red hot on the area reefs and wrecks. Our captains and mates have entertained a wide variety of anglers and put them on some great catches of yellowtail snapper, amberjacks and kingfish as well as a few nice mutton snappers during the brief interludes of prevailing winds.

For those souls not up to the challenge of maintaining their sea legs with a six to eight foot chop, some boats in the fleet opted for plan B. We can always tailor a trip to your group’s desires, skill level and tenacity, so less strenuous conditions off the opportunity to fish the bridges and head back into the Florida Bay. There have been quite a few nice size mangrove snapper and grouper on the area bridges.

Tarpon are already arriving and giving early season anglers a thrill. Tarpon fishing will do nothing but improve over the next several weeks, so be sure to book your tarpon trips now.

The backcountry and bay fishing has seen plenty of activity as well. This is a great venue for families with small children as well as those who may not like the water choppy. The snapper bite in the bay is very good, and our anglers have even landed some nice size speckled trout and an occasional pompano. It makes for a great day no matter how hard the wind is blowing! The Florida Bay’s shallow waters also still hold plenty of mackerel and sharks that always guarantee an exciting angling opportunity.


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