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Key Largo Backcountry and Flats Fishing

Capt. Jeremy Mathis
January 26, 2015
Key Largo - Saltwater Fishing Report

I want to talk about bait and how important it is to give the fish what they want. I recently had a last minute trip where I had to purchase bait from the local bait shop rather than catch fresh wigglers. While the shrimp were large and lively, they weren't what the fish were chasing and therefore resulted in a lack luster afternoon. This past Saturday, I got a call from that same client and he wanted to take his boys out who were visiting from up North. I advised him of the weather conditions and suggested another day but his boys were leaving the next day. So I launched the boat and ran out to hunt some fresh bait. The overcast and windy condition made it difficult but my new Salt Life glasses helped me spot the school of pilchards. One cast of the net and I had 2 livewells swarming with 5-6" pilchards.

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I picked up the clients and I took them back to the spots that we had no luck at just a few days prior. What a difference! We were getting hit on every cast for the first hour. We ended up with 2 Snook and numerous Jack Cravell and a couple Snapper before moving on to the next spot.
Upon arriving to the next spot I heard a few crashes under the mangroves and had high hopes for the continued quick action. The bite took a few minutes to pick up but we wound up getting a couple more Snook and Jacks and the highlight was a 4' Sawfish boatside. He came unbuttoned as we grabbed the camera but these guys really got to see a special creature.
Take your time and notice what the fish are feeding on. Most folks would want to eat onions for desert....

Give us a call at 407-808-0405 or visit www.ankledeepadventures.com

Captain Jeremy Mathis

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Ankle Deep Fishing Adventures
25 Orange Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 407-808-0405
Alt. Phone: 407-919-8241
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