The term “spring ahead” took on a whole new meaning this year.
The unusually warm winter has sped the fishing into fast forward. We anticipate seeing species this month we wouldn’t normally expect until May.
There have already been some tarpon sightings at the bridges in the Middle Keys. The warm waters should entice the larger fish and elicit an aggressive bite unusually early.
Our shallow water shark fishing fired up with our first charter at the end of February. I never would have guessed we’d be catching sharks on the flats during the winter. Our anglers caught and released 15 large lemon sharks on that trip, and it’s been red hot ever since.
Cobia and permit
Because it’s been so balmy, the sailfish spent the winter in Miami and environs, but eventually they have to make their way to the Gulf of Mexico to spawn. When it happens, it will be – BOOM – here they are, and the bite will be phenomenal.
Dolphin and tuna
Reef and wrecks
The reef and wrecks in the Marathon area are coming to life with all manner of species.
Much as they did in March, yellowtail snapper continue to feed aggressively as they anticipate spawning. And, large mangrove snapper – fish over three and four pounds – arrive on the reef in ever increasing numbers to spice the catches.
The Atlantic wrecks, including the Seven Mile Bridge rubble and the Thunderbolt, will see the annual congregation of permit during April. Fish up to 30 pounds and more will be anxious to gobble up your crab offerings. Most of the time, they can be seen from the surface shining in the sunlight.
Mark your calendar as we’re now less than a month away from the opening of grouper season on May 1. If it’s anything like past years, the grouper will be off the chain and on the hook.