Well, another exciting week here in the Upper Keys with some incredible fishing! The way offshore report for Swordfish is still holding on as there have been quite a few caught this week from Marathon to Key Largo. The calm seas have made it pretty easy for even the smaller boats to get offshore and give this fishery a shot. A few nicer fish in the 250 range were caught this week, as well as several in the 80 to 120 range. Most of the people I have spoken with are using Dolphin bellies, but one nice one was on a large squid. In this area of 1600 feet or so all the way in to 500 feet the Dolphin have been solid, with some much larger fish this week. Good numbers of Slammer Dolphin, and some really nice gaffer size fish have been caught yielding some really nice catches for the charter and recreational fleet. Looking forward to what the weekend will bring. The moon will be here on Saturday, so we will have to see how clear the sky will stay leading up to the weekend, as the fish will be trying to eat all night. Hopefully, we will get some cloud cover during the night, and will make for some hungry fish during the day. Plenty of weeds out there as well, with a lot of bait on them. I highly recommend catching some live bait if going Dolphin fishing. They haven’t been eating the dead stuff very well, or for very long. On the bottom, the tilefish and Porgies are still biting on the chicken rigs, so this is another option as well. On the humps, the Blackfin Tunas are still around, but the bigger one’s seem to be staying to the west. Smaller footballs seem to be teeming on the humps to the South and East.
The wrecks have been doing well with some nice Mutton Snappers, Jacks, and a handful of Kingfish and Groupers. This will probably tail off a bit when the moon gets here, but the early bird will definitely get the worm. The reef has been productive with some really nice Yellowtail Snappers, and the Mangroves are here. The night bite for Mangroves has been INSANE, and should only get better with the moon this weekend. The Permit fishing has slowed tremendously on the offshore side, which is typical by now, but there are still a few around the wrecks. The Grouper fishing has tailed off as well, but if you try the deeper parts of the reef, or tight to structure you will probably get a few shots.
Well, that is it for this week! Remember, If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly.