Florida Keys Weekly

2 years ago
Hot fishing and calm seas

Well finally someone turned off the wind machine, and the spring is red hot.

Offshore, the bite is fairly consistent although it is still a little early and has slowed a bit most likely due to the rising moon and calm seas. There are still a few nice wahoo being caught on the weed lines and in the 150-300 foot depth range. The have been scattered all over from 10 to 25 miles off the reef.

The water’s warmed enough for eager spear fishermen like Chase Grimes to pursue the schools of wahoo feeding out on the Thunderbolt this week.

 

The hump is producing some quality black fin . This is well worth the trip on a calm day and a great opportunity to hunt for dolphin along the way.

The area wrecks continue to be quite productive with plenty of big amberjacks for those who want a serious battle and big mutton for the dinner table. Add to that an occasional kingfish, and it makes for some great action on the wrecks.

The Marathon area patch reefs are loaded with decent sized yellowtail snapper and grouper as well as quite a few nice size mutton snapper. This is a great fishery for families and novice anglers alike and is easily accomplished in a half-day trip.

 

Jack and Will, brothers from the Washington, D.C. area, enjoyed a stop over in Marathon on their South Florida spring break vacation with their parents. Besides some biking around and an airboat ride on the mainland, they enjoyed a great day of snapper fishing with Capt. Mike Nealis. This grouper but up a great battle for the boys, and after a quick photo, was released unharmed.

The deep reefs are producing some big yellowtails also known as flags; but, do your homework. These fish are smart – yes that’s right I said smart – they can see very well and have a tendency to be extremely finicky. They must be pursued with light line when the water is clear, and it has been gin clear all week. These fish are a true challenge to catch and well worth the effort as they also make excellent table fare.

Inshore, the bite is getting better every day with multiple hook ups on many trips. Both the and Seven Mile Bridge are teaming with . But fishing the right tides is critical, so be sure to talk with your captain as things can change from day to day.

Best Bet for the week ahead: Talk with our Captains to develop a plan that is right for you, and get out to enjoy our outstanding fishing.

 

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