Marathon Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – April 22, 2012

The sailfish are here in large numbers just in time for the World Sailfish Championship in Key West.


The last couple of days, multiple boats have come back to the dock with 15 to 20 sailfish flags flying.  I said it a couple of weeks ago.  The sailfish must migrate through the Keys to the Gulf waters to spawn so when they finally show up, it will be in full force.

Florida Bay and Everglades

Due to the windy conditions of late, many charter Captains have been fishing in Florida Bay and the Everglades areas, where they’re having great success with mangrove snapper and sea trout.

Reef and wrecks

When the winds subside by this evening, the reef bite will be excellent again for yellowtail, mutton and mangrove snapper.  As we get closer to May, more and more muttons show up on the wrecks and rough bottom areas throughout the Keys, and they will bite aggressively.


The dolphin bite will respond well to calming conditions as well, with plenty of schoolie size fish and increasing numbers of slammers in the catches.


There are still plenty of permit providing great rod-bending action on the wrecks and artificial reefs.  These fish average 25 to 30 pounds.


The windy conditions have turned the bridge waters a bit muddy.  When they clear up, tarpon fishing will be back on track with the population growing day by day.


Another excellent windy day alternative – and just plain fun on any day – is catch-and-release fishing for sharks in Florida Bay.  These shallow water areas hold massive numbers of lemon, blacktip, nurse, bonnet head and other species of shark.


Battling a six- or seven-foot toothy critter on light spin tackle is an adrenaline rush for even the most seasoned angler!

The week’s best catches

April continues with good and varied fishing aboard the SeaSquared!

We had the pleasure to host families and groups of friends for all sorts of fishing … mangrove snapper, sea trout and sharks in Florida Bay, yellowtail snapper on the reef and tarpon at Bahia Honda.

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Speaking of tarpon season, if you are thinking of catching the Silver King with us, we urge you to make your reservation soon.  Our calender is filling up, and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Capt. Chris and Christy Johnson
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Marathon Florida Keys

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