Have not made it to the keys this year yet but soon.
Dolphin fishing is the thing to do this week; calm conditions and an abundance of fish make for a great time offshore of the Florida Keys right now, just watch the showers. Most of the big fish have been in the 400 to 800 foot depths with a few in as close as 200 feet The blackfin tuna bite is pretty good right now although the fish are somewhat small.
Reef fishing has been quite good this week if you can stand the heat while anchored up. Yellowtail snapper have been showing themselves regularly on the reefs recently. Plenty of chum and some lively shrimp freelined behind the boat will do the trick.
Gulf and Bay:
The Tarpon bite is still going strong this week. Go early or late in the day to better your chances of doing battle with the Silver King.. Local tackle shops should hook you up with the gear that you need and give you rigging tips for proper bait presentation. A live pinfish or mullet are the preferred baits The Gulf side wrecks have a few nice Cobias left over from winter and the Permit are stacked up on most of the Gulf wrecks.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Summertime bonefishing on the Islamorada flats has been excellent and redfishing is also red hot back on the flats near flamingo. Trout are good eating and fun to catch; set up a drift in some of the deeper basins in the backcountry (especially the grassy areas) and use a bucktail jig tipped with a shrimp for some exciting action.
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