Marathon & Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – Capt. Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters – August 18, 2010
With water temperatures nearing the highest marks of the year, fishing is generally more productive during the early morning, late afternoon and evening hours. Avoid the midday intense sun and calm conditions, if you can.
Dolphin and tuna
From all reports received this week, the dolphin and tuna bite has been pretty slow. Any bit of a breeze from the southeast should spur the action, so keep your eye on the weather forecast for your opportunity to go offshore.
Although not as consistent as in weeks past, the wrecks are still holding some very respectable size mutton snapper. The deeper wrecks – 180-plus feet of water – contain amberjack and some very large jack crevalle, which provide excellent sport on light tackle and are perfectly suited for the smoker.
The reef action continues to be good during the day, although the night bite seems to have waned some.
The yellowtail and mangrove snapper are biting well, with some decent size muttons spicing the catches on occasion. Judging from the fish I cleaned this week, it looks like we can anticipate at least one more spawn from the ‘tails and mangroves with the next full moon.
There are respectable numbers of cero mackerel on the reef. For a shot at the macks, net up some ballyhoo that show in your slick. They will also work well for the large mangroves and muttons that are lingering close to the bottom in your chum slick.
Bay and gulf
The bay and gulf venues are providing plenty of rod-bending action from a variety of species.
There are lots of jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, goliath grouper and good size mangrove snapper to keep anglers entertained for hours. An assortment of sharks add to the excitement, with blacktips, spinners and lemons as the main players right now.
SeaSquared Charters week in review
The SeaSquared also had a mixed bag of trips last week.
Faron and Kathy Campbell and their 14-year-old son, Brandon, from Bumpass VA, enjoyed a Florida Keys shark adventure where they hooked and released 6 large lemon sharks.
Steve Benson, from Boca Raton, treated his son Kobe, 6, and nephew Jake, 9, to 2 trips on the SeaSquared before they head back to school. On the first outing, we went to the bay and they put a mess of mangrove snapper in the cooler. The second trip was a full day in the Gulf, where we hit 3 wrecks. The guys caught their limit of mangroves plus bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, goliath grouper and sharks.
Three trips to the reef rounded out the week on the SeaSquared.
Don Clamon and his sons, Donny and Austin, from Seffner FL, caught yellowtail snapper up to 22 inches. Scott Douglas and his son, Christopher, from Naples, also landed nice size ‘tails. Mike Melgarejo and Debbie Carnevale, from Hialeah, enjoyed a weekend getaway at the Hammocks with a little reef fishing for mangroves and yellowtails to have for dinner at Lazy Days.