Marathon and Middle Keys Report
Capt. Bob Brown
January 31, 2013
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Breezy weather this week has put a damper on offshore blue water fishing and most captains heading out this week opted for the somewhat calmer waters of Florida Bay. Some nice large King Mackerel were being found out there up to 50+lb with some Spanish Mackerel mixed in out on wrecks that were at least 12 miles from shore. Some decent Cobia have also been hitting the docks up to 35lb along with Mangrove Snapper, Tripletail, Bluefish, Trout, Redfish, and plenty of Shark and Goliath grouper action with some over 200lb!! So when the wind blows you can still get out on the water here in south FL and enjoy some fantastic fishing without taking a butt whipping out in the larger Atlantic ocean seas. Those who did venture out in the rougher waters of the Atlantic this week were finding a few Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and the occasional Wahoo. A few Tarpon have been showing up at Keys bridges in the area and some have been caught and released up to 60lb at Vaca cut.
Marathon Fishing Forecast:
This coming week we have a new cold front coming down and the winds will turn to the North which will help calm down the Atlantic waters and should get more Sailfish, King Mackerel and Blackfin Tuna on the move into the area. So look for the bite to heat up on those species in the coming days. Also, Mangrove Snapper may not like the drop in bayside water temps and may move to the Hawk Channel and oceanside patch reefs where they can be found in the warmer waters. Mangroves like the 20-30ft range depth wise and you should be able to find some Yellowtail Snapper for the table there as well. 7 Mile bridge may heat up with Snapper also as they tend to hold up at the bridge at times when moving through to the Atlantic to follow the warmer water especially on the outgoing tides.
If you would like more info on fishing in the middle Florida Keys and the Marathon area, check out our web site. We have some availability in Feb. so don't wait to set up your great Keys fishing adventure and call us today! Good luck in all your fishing adventures!
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