Howdy folks! I hope all of you are doing well. We are all fine here in Key Largo and staying busy fishing like crazy. Although it has been getting hotter climate wise the fishing has been very good. The big Dolphin have made another showing passing thru the upper Keys. Nice fish from 20 pounds to about 35 have been common. I dont want to make it sound like there are thousands of fish swimming around offshore though. Actually there are plenty of fish, but alot of them are under size with some good ones mixed in. There are some good size black fin tuna offshore as well. Yesterday we spent the day in on the reef fishing for snapper and grouper. We fired up the big yellow tail snapper and caught a dozen big ones before the predators moved in and shut the bite down. We were fishing in 140 feet and also caught some Mutton snapper from 8 to 12 pounds. While we snapper fished we saw about a 200 pound Blue Marlin cruising the surface. What a great fish! It isnt very common to see a blue in that shallow but not out of the question since the gulf-stream has been closer to shore. Large schools of Bonitos have been traveling thru that same depth and probably have brought some bigger game fish into the picture. King fish have also made a showing of late and we have been picking a few nice ones. We fish live baits when we are anchored and can catch Dolphin, Wahoo, sharks and just about any hungry fish that shows up.
Backcountry fishing has been good for Snook, redfish and sea trout. The flats get very hot towards the middle of the day so early mornings and late afternoon trips work best. I catch live bait during most of my trips which pays off when fishing back in the everglades. You can expect to find some hungry mangrove snapper and jack crevelle working the creeks and channels back there. Light tackle fishing is the best. Give us a call when you want to set up a great fishing experience. Give us a call at 305-522-2638 or 305-453-9614
Capt. George Clark Jr.