December Dolphin in the middle Keys!!
Capt. Bob Brown
December 11, 2012
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
The winter season is upon us but the summertime fish don't know that yet as there have been plenty of nice Dolphin (Mahi_Mahi) coming to the docks here in Marathon for the past few weeks really. Some fish up to 20+lb have been coming in mostly from the 400-650ft range. Plenty of smaller school fish in some decent sized schools have been in as close as 100ft of water which is only about 5 miles offshore here in the middle Keys. Some Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna have been in the mix while edge of the reef live bait fishing adding some swagger to the fish box by the end of the day. Sailfish have been off and on depending on where the ballyhoo have been on the reef. The Big Pine shoal area was hot for a while but has cooled lately as the large ballyhoo schools have moved further west. Tennessee reef area has been good for Sailfish as well with some caught off Sombrero reef light this week.
Reef fishing has been good for Yellowtail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper and some decent Red Grouper coming in from the shallow patch reefs on the Atlantic side. The deep yellowtail bite for the larger fish has been slow this week with wind and tide going opposites but plenty of King and Cero Mackerel have been showing up to liven up the reef bite.
The bayside and bridge fishing has been excellent for nice size Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and all the jacks and blacktip sharks you can handle. Cobia have been surprisingly plentiful on the bayside and some up to 25-30lb have been coming to the Marathon charter boat docks.
If you are interested in fishing in the Marathon and middle Keys area check out our web site. Good luck in all your fishing adventures!
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