What can we expect the 2010 Florida Keys fishing season to bring? Well, if it’s anything like last year, we can look forward to red hot action for a number of different species.
Below are just a few of the fish that I am looking forward to catching in 2010.
Winter is prime sailfish season in the Keys
The winter of 2009 brought us a record-breaking sailfish season, and if the bite we experienced to close out the year is any indication of things to come, 2010 looks to be just as impressive. Double-digit catches are already being reported up and down the Keys, so be prepared to head out and sight fish or troll for these beautiful, high-flying billfish.
Look for the big tarpon to begin showing up around late March.
Almost on cue big tarpon migrated into the Keys water in March of 2009. Look for this year to be no different as pods of 100-plus pound silver kings begin their push in the spring and hang around through early summer. Last year I had the opportunity to guide several fishermen and women to their first tarpon, and I know that most of them are already counting down the days until they can come back and hook a few more in 2010.
DOLPHIN & TUNA
Summer provided excellent conditions to venture offshore for dolphin and tuna.
In late May and early June large schools of dolphin should start arriving. Summer is the ideal time to target these colorful and delicious fish, as well to venture out to the humps for black fin tuna action. Calm summer weather also provides the ideal conditions to search the blue water for a trophy marlin.
From left: Phil Price, myself, Drew Dinan and Ty Price with a nice daytime sword caught off Marathon.
One of the highlights of 2009 was the incredible daytime swordfish bite. Throughout the year we experienced consistent catches, including a 504-pound fish caught in Marathon (not pictured) by Captains Ty Price and Nick Borraccino. Few experiences match the thrill of daytime swordfishing, and we’re fortunate here in the Keys to be able to target these great game fish throughout the year.
Your Best Bet for 2010: No matter the season, take advantage of the wonderful fishery the Florida Keys has to offer.
From dolphin in the summer, to sailfish in the winter, to snapper and grouper year-round, there’s always something biting here in the Keys!