Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Some great fishing this week here in the upper Florida Keys, as the sailfish have been biting, as well as some pretty good bottom fishing! The weather has been cold all week as the front pushed through, and we are awaiting another one this weekend. The shrimp have begun to pour through out of the bay creating some great patch reef conditions, and have really got the bottom fish moving around, but the best of this fishing has been in less than 30′ of water or 150′ or deeper. The water temperatures have dropped into the mid 70’s which has made the 60′ to 90′ yellowtail snapper fishing slow at best, as these guys don’t like the cooler water too much, but some really nice mangrove snappers, mutton snappers, and groupers have invaded the shallows to feed on the shrimp creating a great bite in really close to shore. The deep ledges and wrecks have been good for the bottom dwellers, as well as some nice king mackerel and wahoo. The sailfish have been cooperative this week with a lot of ballyhoo showers on the edge of the reef, which is as exciting as it gets. The yellow eye snappers, vermillion snappers, and porgies have been biting good as well in depths over 300′. The weather for the weekend looks good for Saturday, but Sunday looks like its gonna blow 20 mph out of the east. This is gonna make it rough if the current holds up, as it has been moving pretty good to the east. Well, that is it for this week! Have a great weekend everyone!
Capt. James Chappell