Calm summer conditions prevail, which bodes well for all sorts of fishing.
Snapper and Grouper
The mutton snapper bite on the wrecks has been very good of late. There are lots of fish ranging from five to six pounds all the way up to 20 pounds being taken throughout the Keys.
While live baits are preferred, the muttons will also take dead baits such as a deboned ballyhoo.
On the reef, the yellowtail snapper action has been somewhat spotty.
When good current conditions exist, the fishing has been quite good. But, when there is no current, the larger flag yellowtails and midsize, 16- to 18-inch fish can be very finicky.
However, yellowtail fishing on the patch reefs has been consistent for keeper size fish. So, if it’s dinner you’re after, head to the patches.
The night mangrove snapper bite is beginning to heat up. The bite begins an hour or so after sunset. These mangroves are larger specimens in the three- to six-pound range, with the occasional seven and eight pounders mixed in for good measure.
Dolphin, Wahoo and Tuna
You need to go out at least 20 miles in the Middle Keys to find dolphin of a respectable size. There were several caught over the weekend in the mid-twenty-pound class.
Closer inshore, the majority of the dolphin are 19-inches and smaller. You’ll do a lot of releasing before you put a decent catch together.
We’re still getting a few reports of tarpon biting around the bridges in the Middle Keys, while the action in Key West Harbor continues to be very good.
Shallow water catch-and-release shark fishing is red-hot with the fish getting larger and more aggressive with each passing week.
The week’s best catches
It’s summer, and that means family fun fishing time on the SeaSquared! In recent trips, we’ve hosted families from South Carolina, California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio and Virginia.
We also got in the last of our tarpon trips for 2011 along with an awesome shark fishing adventure.