With the air and water temps breaking the 90 degree mark early in June, it is vital that you plan your day on the water carefully and strategically. For those of you who enjoy offshore fishing, I recommend leaving the dock at sunrise. The majority of offshore species do not respond well to the mid day heat and will be reluctant to bite if you do find them on the surface.
For the snapper and grouper lovers, you can expect a consistent bite all day long, but I would highly suggest either the early morning or the late afternoon for a comfortable angling experience while anchored up. We fished the reef a couple times this past week in the middle of the day, but only because of my new weight loss program. Regardless of the time of day, the bite with yellow tail, mangrove, and mutton snapper has been nothing short of spectacular.
Inshore we have spent the majority of our time tarpon fishing with great success. On several occasions this past week we have caught multiple tarpon up to 140 lbs. Generally, an evening bite has been not only the most relaxing, but also the most rewarding.
Best Bet for the week ahead:
Avoid the mid-day heat by fishing early or fishing late. All the reef fishing and inshore species are gobbling up the baits, so get out there and have some fun. Also, get signed up for the Father’s Day Dolphin Derby – this is a great fishing fun for the whole family. Call (305) 289-0199.
I had the pleasure of taking a couple of beautiful young ladies tarpon fishing this past week and fortunately, for me the bite was spectacular. My lovely wife, Ann, only had to put up with me for six years before boating her first tarpon.
Key Colony Beach resident Lauren Breckwoldt (pictured) was successful in her first ever attempt at tarpon fishing. I would like to give credit to myself for this accomplishment, however most of you know that I don’t have the patience for that, so thank you to Juan-Pablo for your instructions.
First mate Wayne Bure assisted Richmond, VA guest Robin Atkinson landed a 40 pound amberjack aboard the Best Bet II.
Robin’s husband, George, boated his first ever permit on a recent fishing adventure in the Florida Keys.