Bite is "ON" in Marathon and middle Florida Keys!
Capt. Bob Brown
October 27, 2011
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
What ever type of fishing you enjoy, the bite has probably ben 'on' in the fabulous Florida Keys lately. It has been productive the past couple weeks as we are getting into a transition period with cooling waters getting the migratory fish moving. And mostly moving IN!! Migratory fish moving into the Keys this time of year include the Mackerel trio of Spanish, Cero, and Kings. These silver speedsters show up in quantity as the cold fronts become more frequent, but by late Oct. there are usually some decent schools of Spanish Mackerel out in Florida Bay north of Marathon, and some Ceros spotting the reef edge in the 20-50ft depths on the Atlantic side. Kings will show up a bit later in force, but a few are starting to show up on the deep edge of the reef from 60-120ft range along the Sombrero reef area.
One of our favorite migratory fish that shows up this time of year in good numbers is the SAILFISH!!! There have been some showing on the reef chasing schools of ballyhoo along with some large Mahi and some Blackfin Tuna. Most Sailfish this time of year are a bit smaller than what we see all winter, but anglers can expect some double digit release days coming up in the very near future!
The reef and wreck fishing remains excellent with some large black grouper hitting the docks in Marathon, with some up to 30lb! Plenty of Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper have been chomping on the reef and some decent Red Grouper mixed in as well. Some of the oceanside wrecks have been producing nice Mutton Snapper and some Amberjack have been showing up to bend rods on wrecks as well.
Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman, or novice who has never been on the ocean before, the middle Florida Keys is a great destination for your next fishing vacation. There is no where else in the USA that has the variety and quality of fishing we have here in the fabulous Florida Keys! Give us a call or email today to get set up for a great fishing adventure!!
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