Fishing Report for Marathon Florida Keys Feb 17 2016

Well, at least we can count on the weather to be inconsistent. Hot. Cold. Sunny. Rainy. Calm. Windy.

Marathon Florida Keys fishing report Feb 17 2016 SeaSquared Charters Capt. Chris Johnson

While we have to deal with whatever Mother Nature delivers on a daily basis, in any case we can rely on the snapper fishing to provide steady catches of good-eating fish.

Reef fishing

Marathon Florida Keys fishing report Feb 17 2016 SeaSquared Charters Capt. Chris Johnson

The reef depths of 30 to 60 feet are productive for decent-size yellowtail snapper plus eight- to twelve-pound mutton snapper. There are also plenty of cero mackerel along with the occasional kingfish on the reef line.

On the patch reefs, add very good size mangrove snapper to the yellowtails, muttons, ceros and kings. And, Hawk Channel is holding its characteristic assortment of tasty fish, including all the snappers, porgy, hogfish, cero mackerel, some Spanish mackerel and the chance king mackerel.

Your baits of choice run the gamut from chunk baits and small live baits, such as pilchards and pinfish, on the reef to shrimp, live pilchards and ballyhoo on the channel humps.

Bay and Gulf fishing

Marathon Florida Keys fishing report Feb 17 2016 SeaSquared Charters Capt. Chris Johnson

If the wind sends you to fish in Florida Bay, you’ll find respectable numbers of mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel. The Gulf wrecks offer more variety with bluefish, jacks of all kinds, Goliath grouper, gag grouper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel and loads of blacktip, spinner and bull sharks.

Your bayside baits are small pinfish, pilchards and shrimp.

Remember, grouper season is closed until May 1, so all must be released unharmed.

The week’s best

The SeaSquared boats spent the week fishing near shore on the reef, in Hawk Channel, on the patches and in the Gulf and Bay. Our anglers caught all the snapper species – lane, yellowtail, mangrove and mutton – plus hogfish, porgy, Spanish mackerel, kingfish.

Matt Leonard and his boys, Max and Luke, from Massachusetts, boated six fatty hogfish along with their snappers.

Marathon Florida Keys fishing report Feb 17 2016 SeaSquared Charters Capt. Chris Johnson

The Kellems group had quite the outing with Capt. Wayne. Not only did they put huge mangroves in the boat but they also landed an 80lb tarpon on 15lb test with a shrimp bait. In February.

The Kellems group had quite the outing with Capt. Wayne. Not only did they put huge mangroves in the boat but they also landed an 80lb tarpon on 15lb test with a shrimp bait. In February. 
 
February 17, 2016
Capt. Chris Johnson
SeaSquared Charters
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Capt. Chris Johnson specializes in offshore, gulf/bay, reef/wreck, sailfish, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters in Marathon. You can reach him at 305-743-5305, http://SeaSquaredCharters.com and http://Facebook.com/MarathonFishing.

4 Responses

  1. Dennis Dowhy
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    Thanks, I just wanted you to know there are people that read this, and I am one of them. We are going to be there from March 7-14, and my wife and I do plan to go on a fishing trip with you guys. Just catching a giant grouper sounds like fun.

    • Christy Johnson
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      Thanks for reading, Dennis! We really appreciate your interest. You may or may not catch a grouper in March. If you do, it will have to be released. We can also target Goliath grouper which, as you can guess, get very large. They are protected and can never be taken from the water. Looking forward to seeing you in March. Please don’t wait too long to book your trip. It’s a very busy month with Spring Break families visiting Marathon. Thanks again – Christy

  2. mark stephenson
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    Mark Stephenson My wife and I are booked with you march 6th and we cant wait ! hoping to have some nice snapper to send back home to Indiana we have been watching you’re fishing reports and like what we see !

    • Christy Johnson
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      Hi Mark! The snapper fishing has been very good and should continue for your trip! See you on March 6th! Christy

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