Marathon Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – April 11, 2012

Bend a rod in memory of Jose!

The fishing community lost one of its finest with the passing of Jose Wejebe last Friday.

Through his TV show, Spanish Fly, Jose brought worldwide attention to the Florida Keys, inspiring anglers from near and far to visit and experience our magnificent ecosystem and incomparable fishing.  He will be greatly missed.

Jose died in a plane crash following a day of doing what he enjoyed most – sharing his passion for fishing.  With him in mind, we urge you to get out on the water and pursue your passion.

Head straight to the reef, where the bite is excellent.

There are loads of yellowtail snapper of all sizes, and they’re pretty much in any depth as long as there’s current.  They’re biting aggressively as they prepare for their annual spawn.

Larger mangrove snapper in the 4- to 5-pound class are showing in catches with regularity.  And, of course, plenty of grouper.  Just remember to throw them back until the season opens on May 1.

We’re also seeing more and larger mutton snapper mingling in the slicks with the ‘tails.  So, it pays to be ready with slightly heavier tackle – 15- to 20-pound test.  To attract their attention, drift back larger chunks of ballyhoo than you would for yellowtails.

The wrecks and artificial reefs are also giving up a fair bounty of muttons.  Those fishing with larger live baits will have lots of jack crevalle and amberjack bending their rods and testing their strength.

Dolphin, tuna and wahoo

Offshore, the dolphin are increasingly more reliable everyday. Typically we see some of the largest specimens of the year caught now through the beginning of May. 

There is also some blackfin tuna and wahoo interspersed among the dolphin schools.  So, if you’re willing to put in the time and spend the fuel, a trip offshore is definitely worthwhile.


Tarpon fishing at the bridges and in Key West Harbor improves with each passing day as more of the Silver King are arriving on their annual spawning trek.

The week’s best catches

The SeaSquared spent the pre-Easter holiday week hosting many families, both new to us and repeat customers.  We fished on the reef and in the bay, and our anglers caught mangrove and yellowtail snapper, sea trout and sharks.

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