Fall fishing frenzy

Fall fishing frenzy

Cambell and her dad Steve Ryan caught this nice sailfish with Capt. Bobby Manske and Capt.Mike Nealis on the The Best Bet this past week.

Outstanding – that’s the only way to describe fishing in the Marathon area the past couple of weeks. The excitement of sailfishing has returned with anglers getting several chances a day to hook into this world-renowned game fish. Now that the cold fronts are starting to come through on a regular basis, large schools of bait fish have also arrived on the reef; so, expect the sailfishing to get even better every day.

The change in weather has really fired up the reef fishing as well with anglers boating nice catches of mangrove and yellowtail snapper. Grouper as well as some nice mutton snapper are keeping our fish boxes colorful to say the least!

Did I mention it was December, and we still have a lot of nice Dolphin coming through our area waters? Depths of 100-300 feet are still quite active and full of these tasty game fish. Kingfish and their smaller cousins, Spanish and Cero mackerel, are also making an appearance as they do every year when the water temperatures begin to drop, along with air temperatures, into a cooler, below average 80 degrees.

No matter the trip length, venue or species you’re pursuing, the fishing is outstanding from back in the Florida Bay back country to our local offshore waters.

Best Bet for the week ahead: Ask your captains about the reef fishing and sail fishing with a dash of dolphin to keep things interesting!


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