Reef Bite Hot
Capt. Bob Brown
August 14, 2010
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Excellent reef fishing to be had right now in the Marathon and middle Keys area. Big mutton snappers, black grouper, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and plenty of other reef dwellers have been chomping for most of the local charter guides. Some of the best catches have been in the late evening or after dark.
Lobstering has been excellent this season so far. What ever the reason, we are not complaining about the abundance we are seeing since the mini season. My neighbors have not left their home canal so far this season and have had no trouble getting limit catches of the great eating critters!
Offshore has been good at times for school dolphin (mahi-mahi) but not too many bigger fish around lately. Some nice Blackfins have been around the humps as well. Swordfish have been common on the wall south of Sombrero reef in 1600-2000ft of water. Quite a few blue marlin have been around also, probably following bait that moved south out of the gulf during the oil spill. No oil has made it to the Keys at all during the spill which now is finally done spewing oil into the gulf. The oil never got within 400 miles of the Keys and the fishing and water clarity has been fantastic. Good diving, spear fishing, and hook and line has been great as well.
Bayside fishing has been good for bonefish and some nice permit on the flats on the outgoing tides in the early mornings. Some resident tarpon are around also, so be ready for a big jump when the hungry tarpon comes to visit. Good luck in all your fishing adventures!
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