Monday, November 20, 2006

Fishing the Florida Keys - Fishing Report

The wind kicked up the last couple of days so there aren't many reports from off shore. Before the blow everywhere was pretty hot. I expect the same after the front passes through. A couple of bigger boats did get out and got their butts kicked for a fair catch of Black fin tuna in the 8 to 12 pound range. No dolphin reports.

Reef catches of yellowtail and muttons are pretty good but the tide will run against the wind for half your day. So check the currents close before planning trip. A few tarpon are being jumped here and there but the action is far from hot. There should be plenty of big lanes, mangs and a few keeper grouper on the hawk channel rock piles. I'll try to get out there around Turkey Day to catch a few.

Cobia and a mixed bag of mangroves, seatrout, bluefish and a few mackerel in the bay. This latest cold front should move the mackerel and more cobia a lot closer this week. The macs and cobia I've seen have been 16 to 18 miles north west of Marathon. This week I should see them about 10 to 14 out. Not much info from the flats guys over the weekend. I didn't have a trip due to inebriation. If you plan to fish, do the Duval crawl after the trip. I lose a lot of trips to Duval street!

More people are showing up with the cold front too. I'll have a lot more info from the local captains, if they can remember where they docked their boats. Some haven't been out in a month.

Happy Turkey Day and Tight Lines


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