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Fishing report for the Everglades and the Florida Keys

Capt. Ted & Donnie Benbow
April 3, 2014
Islamorada - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hello again this is the father and son report of SkinsandFinsCharters.com. Down here in the Florida keys the fishing is starting to heat up at the beginning of April. The water and the air temperature are starting to heat up as well, causing more and more fish to show up in out waters. Spring time fishing is always a blast with the tarpon, the big silver king starting off the show! That's right tarpon season is here up on the flats the fish were seen moving in quite early this year and are just starting to moving into the channels as well.
Up on the flats we have been seeing large schools of these giant fish either throwing live shrimp or crabs depending on your captains preference or for the more experienced angler, the flyrod is always a fun choice. Also on the flats the permit and bonefish are being seen as well. These smart but fun fighting fish have been know too take one hundred yards of line in a matter of seconds. The preferred bait is a live blue crab or live shrimp. Rigged with lighter tackle these fish prove to be a real test of the anglers skills. Also in the back waters of the glades the snook and redfish are thriving on the flats. Dirty water fish always eat better and lately has been shot after shot so for you fly fisherman what a great opportunity to land a fun fighting fish such as the snook, redfish and even large trout.
In the backcountry the snapper and trout bight has really been in full swing. We are catching forty through sixty fish ranging from 1-5 lbs and the larger trout are being found in the run offs as well. On the right tide the snook, black drum, redfish and a variety of other species are being caught along the deeper channels next to the islands. We are using a jig tipped with shrimp,letting it sink down to the bottom and slowly reeling them back waiting for a powerful drum to attack it. Another way to fish these fish is to pitch live pilchards or pinfish toward the trees and just let them swim I'm the current until the large fish notices it. For the more powerful fighting fish there has been a great big of large sharks in the backcountry ass well. Bull sharks, lemons, sand shakes, and black tips. Rigged on a much heavier rod these fish put up a amazing fight. Well that's what's been going on down here in the keys want to give it a try? Give us a call or check out our web sight SkinsandFinsCharters. Com until then this is captain Donnie and Ted Benbow asking you to keep it in the shallow grass.

Islamorada Fishing Forecast:

Hello again from the Florida keys this is the fishing forecast for SkinsandFinsCharters.com. During the month of May the tarpon fishing will be at full blast! We like to fish for these fish later in the day this time of year. The best bites are either really early in the morning or late in the afternoon also know as the nervous hour. During the afternoon trips we are drifting live mullet behind the boat into the deeper channels where these giant fish are looking to feed. Now it is game fishing you don't catch a lot of them but when you finally do get one on it's a fish of a lifetime! Rigged on much larger rods the average fight is about 20-30 mins. Also in the channels we are finding large sharks and barracudas swimming with the tarpon and are very fun to fight as well.
In the shallower waters of the flats the permit fishing should be great as well. Pulling along the edges of the flats the grey ghost can be found swimming on the backs of sting rays or in large schools. Either pitching a live crab or casting out your favorite crab fly seems to be the most productive. Back on the flats deeper in the everglades the snook and redfishing should be going great either pitching plastics or live shrimp we will be getting good action on these fun fish.
In the backcountry the water will be nice and worm. In the channels and along the trees the snapper and trout fishing seems to be good this time of year. And on the right tide the snook, redfish, black drum and yes even the smaller tarpon can be found in the channels and run offs. This time of year the plastics work really well but we also like too use the live bait just because you need to chum up the fish sometimes to get the bite going. In the deeper channels of the everglades we will be finding large sharks and tarpon, dragging dead baits along the bottom had proven to be productive. We'll that's what will be going on down in the keys. Want to give it a try you can call or check out our sight SkinsandFinsCharters.com until next time this is captain Ted and Donnie Benbow asking you too keep it in the shallow grass.

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Skins and Fins fishing charters and guides is the father and son team of Capt Ted and Donnie Benbow. We fish the Florida keys including, Islamorada, Key Largo, Eveglade national park. Fishing charters for Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, Redfish, sharks and more.

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Skins and Fins Fishing Charters and Guides
84001 overseas highway
Holiday Isle Marina
Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone: 305-393-0363
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