Tyler and Hunter From texas double team blackfin tuna
Tyler and Hunter From texas double team blackfin tuna

As the memory of Labor Day weekend fades like the setting sun and the weekend revelers return to their homes up north, Marathon settles into a slower pace known as September.

But, it soon becomes obvious the fish in our area did not get the memo.

Offshore the dolphin action remains consistent with great catches of large schoolie and gaffer size fish with a few slammers, or fish over twenty pounds, still making their presence known anywhere from 12 to 25 miles off shore.

Work the birds, floating debris and weed lines for best results.

Tuna on the Marathon hump are another offshore option that has been very productive this past week. Trolling small feathers and jigging with butterfly jigs have yielded nice catches of black fin tuna from 8-25 pounds.

Closer to shore the action on the local reefs and wrecks continues to be outstanding with great catches of yellowtail snapper on the outside edge in about 60 to 95 feet of water.

The patch reefs in shallower water, 20 to 40 feet deep, continue to provide great rod bending action with mangrove snapper stealing the show along with yellowtails about 14 to 16 inches long. This is a great venue for families or new anglers as there is plenty of action for all ages and can easily be accomplished in a half-day trip.

Deep dropping on our area wrecks is a great way to finish off a half or three quarter day with a few large mutton snapper or amberjacks to test your skill.

Whatever your skill level we can fit your needs so get out and enjoy our area waters.

Best Bet for the week ahead: Stop wishing – go fishing! Whether offshore, on the reef or wrecks, everyone should be out enjoying our September Seas.

Dave is part time resident of Key Colony Beach, and he recently landed some nice patch mangrove snapper with Captain Bobby Manske.

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