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Perdido Key to Cape San Blas

St. Vincent Island to Steinhatchee

Big Bend:
Pine Log Island to Hernando Beach

West Central:
Aripeka to Longboat Key

Sarasota to Bonita Beach

Ten Thousand Islands:
Bonita Shores to Lostmans Key
Key Largo to Key West

Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach

East Central:
Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

Wabasso Beach to Boca Raton

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo. Flamingo to Cape Sable


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January 6 -12, 2004

Tampa Bay & West Central Florida


Florida Keys Fishing Report

January 6, 2004


Not many charterboats are going very far offshore because there is not much point in running very far out; the offshore species are being caught near the reef, so stay close to the reef! If the weather is reasonable, hit the hump for the Tuna or possibly drop a lively bait to the depths for an Amberjack.


Sailfishing is going on big time. The King Mackerel are biting well but sometimes the Porpoise put a damper on the results, but that is nature. Not many reports about the Yellowtail Snapper fishing but the party boat Miss Tradewinds has been catching lots of Red Grouper and King Mackerel.

Gulf and Bay:

Spanish Mackerel bite well when the tide is running hard. Some good Mangrove Snapper catches have been reported. Capt. Mike Bassett from Whale harbor has found a few nice Tripletail in the Gulf. As always, The East Cape Sable Area is a good bet for Snook and Redfish. The Sea Trout are becoming more plentiful.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

Fish Snake Bight on the falling tide for Redfish and Snook. Some Tarpon are also being caught in that channel. The Rankin area is producing Trout and in time the numbers and size will improve. The water temperature has climbed to around 72 degrees this week in Florida Bay. Reports from Bonefish guides is that the fish are biting around mind day on the falling tide. Strong tides on the full moon (7th) will push the Shrimp through the channels and across Oceanside flats.

Good Luck to Ya jdollfin on your your quest for Pompano
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