Capt. Bob Brown
March 28, 2005
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Tarpon Tune Up
Tarpon season is kicking into high gear here in the middle Keys and some good catches have been reported here this week. Some good numbers of fish have shown up at the 7 mile bridge and at other Tarpon hot spots. Lots of schools of mullet have worked thier way into the local waters and seem to be in all the canals and boat basins this past week. That is usually a tell tale sign that Tarpon action is about to bust loose as the Tarpon usually are close behind the mullet when they show up in the area. Best bets to catch some "silver kings" would be the Long Key bridge, Vaca Cut Bridge, 7 Mile bridge, and Bahia Honda bridge. Best baits for scoring on Tarpon are live Mullet, Pinfish, large blue crabs, Pilchards, large live shrimp, and after dark, a variety of plugs that includes Bomber long-A's and large Rapala short lipped plugs.
Yellowtail rule the reef
Good action on Yellowtail snapper has been going on all week here and some King mackerel have been hanging on in the deep reef area as well. Good easterly current has had yellowtailers in hot action all week and some large fish have been hitting the docks at the 7 mile marina here in Marathon. Some nice black grouper have been coming in as well. Other reef action to mention has been some good Mangrove snapper on the patch reefs and some Permit showing up on oceanside wrecks. The Permit have not been on the feed much lately, possibly due to spawning on the last full moon, so look for that action to heat up once the spawn slows down and fish get hungry again.
Cobia still looking good.
The gulfside wrecks have been very good the past couple months with plenty of Cobia hanging around the area. Good spots have been anywhere from 12-25 miles out from shore this week, but many fish were in close last week as some fish were seen and caught near the 7 mile bridge, some as big as 67lb! Look for the cobia bite to continue to be good for the next month or so. For info on fishing in Marathon and the middle keys, check out our web site. Good luck in all your fishing adventures!
Light tackle sportfishing for Sailfish, Tarpon, and other sport fish in the middle Florida Keys. Since 1980 Capt Bob has been putting anglers on the big fish! Offshore, reef/wreck, Gulf wrecks, and Tarpon fishing. Live bait specialist, tournament winners!