Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Marathon Fishing April Full Moon

Every full moon is a little different. This moon has been a weird one. With some of the highest tides I can remember and super clear water. The fishing has been okay despite the conditions.

One big plus is the clear water is revealing hidden treasures in Hawks Channel. We have found some awesome coral mounds that are not charted. That will be some great news for bottom fishermen for years to come. Some of the mounds we found have fifteen foot profiles and are less than thirty feet across.

Offshore there are dolphin but the big slammers are not think yet. They should show soon and things will get hot. Sunday I tried to fish the wall but got side tracked by a crew member that got green on a two foot seas day. We found one decent gaffer dolphin, a bull around fifteen pounds and pulled the hook on a good size tuna. With the late start and short trip that wasn't that bad.

The wrecks are loaded with big permit. They are also loaded with bigger sharks. So count on a finicky bite and not getting many fish to the boat. 'Tails are biting in the clear water. There are some huge mangroves on the reef as well. This is definitely a time for Fluorocarbon.

The clear water and high tides are making flats fishing a little more fun. The few flats guides I get are normally frustrating because the customers have trouble seeing fish. Yesterday, we saw plenty of fish. No bones, but blacktips, jacks, small permit and one school of cero mackerel ambushing glass minnows. My customer was acting like a kid in a candy store with the ceros. Not your typical flats fare, but ceros strike hard and give a good tug.

Bayside there are plenty of mangroves and seatrout for the small boat guys just looking for dinner and a relaxing day. The bay wreck are load with permit that are hungry and fewer sharks to molest them.

Tarpon are at the bridge pretty thick. The bay grass is thicker, so fishing is a challenge. When the tides calm down the bite should be great. Right now, drifting with the grass, er current, is the easiest way to get hooked up.

Heading offshore this morning. If the crew can hang we will fish the wall and the humps. I need a few big gaffers to make my crew happy.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

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