In February, Bay Side for Spanish Mackerel should be a no brainer and close to an only option. For the past few days though, the winds have been tame and the waters clearer than normal. That means you can see all the fish not biting.
Both yesterday's (no pics) and today's fishing had about an hour when the fish liked the current and bit. The rest of the time was one committing suicide from time to time. So if you hit the right spot at the right time you will kick butt. The right time seems to be when the wind and current start moving in same direction. That is always the best condition, but it is just slower than normal when it is not.
Hard to complain though with temperatures in the 70s and water clearer than normal. Today's catch on the Bay Side was mainly smaller mangrove snapper. I could see plenty of larger Mangroves, but they were more wary than normal. Spanish Mackerel were not thick by any means, but we did see them swimming around with lock jaw.
Since taking a few people out from All Aboard Boat Rentals, they have become big fans of their customers getting a little local knowledge. Marathon is about the easiest to navigate around, but getting few pointers on navigation, boat handling, basic boating etiquette and fishing 101 seems to reduce the number of aggravated customers.
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.