Spring has sprung, so hop out for some great fishing!
Dolphin are showing in ever increasing numbers, and I have heard of more than a couple of fish over 40 pounds in the last few days. Lucky anglers find a floater. Remember, not all floaters are inanimate objects, so pay attention to that turtle swimming by.
The wrecks are holding good numbers of permit, with the largest specimens over 30 pounds. Live crabs are the ticket. There are also plenty of amberjack and a few muttons.
The yellowtail action on the reef is excellent with lots of flag size fish arriving in preparation for spawning. This time of year, the deeper you fish, the bigger the yellowtail.
Most of the flags are coming from water around 80 to 90 feet deep. However, there are still plenty of fish that average 16 to 18 inches in the 40- to 60-foot depths.
There are also good numbers of muttons, mostly in the 8- to 10-pound range, on the same reef areas. And, large mangroves are grouping on the deeper reef areas in 70 to 80 feet as they too prepare to spawn.
At the bridges and in Key West Harbor, the tarpon schools are growing as more of the Silver Kings arrive from places unknown for their annual spawning ritual.
The flats and backcountry guides also report good numbers of permit and tarpon.
The week’s best catches
The SeaSquared rounded out March with more family fishing in the bay and the ocean with lots of snapper dinners as the result. There was also some catch-and-release shark fishing in the mix. And, we fished the reef a couple of times and were rewarded with an excellent yellowtail bite.