Tarpon and Mahi heating up in middle Keys!
Capt. Bob Brown
March 17, 2011
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Spring is coming in fast and we have already had some great weather and great fishing in the middle Keys in recent weeks for spring time fish like Tarpon and Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi). Tarpon have been heating up at the bridges including 7 mile, Vaca Cut, Tom's Harbor and Long Key. Nice fish up to 150lb have been reported, but mostly the fish have been in the 40-80lb class. Expect more larger fish to me migrating into the area in the coming weeks as the water temps warm and the larger migrating tarpon move into the area in greater numbers.
Offshore fishing has been good at times recently with some great catches of Mahi-Mahi coming in from the gulf stream edge as it has moved in closer as of late. Last report was that the edge of the stream was 2 miles off of Sombrero light off of Marathon. This has made for some great catches of school sized fish along the reef edge especially on SE winds. A few Sailfish have been coming through the area as well along with some huge cobia up to 65lb.
Reef fishing has been fantastic with the yellowtail snapper dominating catches lately along with some large mutton and mangrove snapper. Lots of mackerel are still in the area but seem to be thinning a bit as warmer temps have them moving northward to cooler waters.
Good luck in all your fishing adventures!
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