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Marathon Sailfish bite on FIRE!!

Capt. Bob Brown
April 26, 2012
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report

The annual migration of Sailfish along the Keys toward Mexico in spring is ON in grand fashion! The planets have lined up, the gulfstream came in close, the wind picked up out of the north pushing dirty water out into the gulstream, and the Sailfish are swimming through the bright powder blue water on the surface giving away their location to awaiting captains and anglers. It has been a great week plus starting with the World Sailfish Championships last week in Key West. The leading boats the first two days of the tournament were racking up 20 releases.. Awesome fishing!! But that was only to be topped this week while the big tournament was over, the fishing wasn't and the bite has been super hot off of Marathon the past three days. One boat out of the 7 mile marina here had 50 releases two days ago.... and followed it up with 28 releases yesterday! Those numbers are being racked up on a short day, after taking time to catch extra bait and then probably running out of bait. The 50 releases by the Silent Hunter team fresh off of a 6th place in the World Sailfish tournament, didn't even leave the dock until noon that day and returned by about 5:30 PM. That is uncharted territory of about 15 fish per hour! Granted, that most of the anglers on that boat were captains and mates, fishing tournament style, it is still an awesome number of fish caught . and released in a short day. Almost all the charter boats who fished yesterday had between 10 and 30 releases that fished in the Marathon area. Woo Hoo..!!!!. let's hope it lasts a little longer!!

The recent cool front has slowed the Tarpon action a bit but there is still good opportunities to catch the silver king right now as charter boats are catching and releasing one or two big tarpon on trips right now. Look for the bite to heat up as the wind and temps get back to normal and the warming trend for the local waters kicks in. The 9 degree water temperature drop from the cool weather is not a normal occurrence for this time of year, so the tarpon slow down their metabolism and eat less until the water warms back up. That should be happening by Friday or Saturday I would think.

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PO Box 504345
Marathon, FL 33050
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