Marathon Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – April 30, 2012

Nothing attests to the presence of sailfish more than the record 362 releases on the first day of the World Sailfish Championship in Key West.


The sailfish are feeding so aggressively on their way to their spawning grounds that it almost makes no difference what bait you use.  While live bait increases your odds of a catch, many dolphin fishermen have been pleasantly surprised while trolling naked ballyhoo.

Windy day options

If you have any influence with Mother Nature, you may want to put in a request for her to bring the winds down.

On these windy days, there is still good fishing for mangrove snapper and sea trout on the banks in Florida Bay.  Another excellent windy day alternative is catch-and-release fishing for sharks in the Bay.  These shallow water areas hold massive numbers of lemon, blacktip, nurse, bonnet head and other species of shark. says the winds will subside by tomorrow.  The reef bite will be excellent again for yellowtail, mutton and mangrove snapper.

Grouper season opens!

And, the day we’ve all been waiting for is just around the corner.  Tuesday, May 1 is the opening of grouper season!  I will be on the reef and wrecks with my charter, and I hope to see all of you out there too.

Permit and tarpon

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 tarpon population at the bridges and in Key West Harbor increases everyday.  Good news for the many tarpon tournaments coming up.

The week’s best catches

The SeaSquared finished out April with tarpon and shark trips and some mangrove snapper thrown in for dinner!

We think we had a record number of “Live Free or Die” folks on the boat in one week, with three different groups hailing from New Hampshire.  In addition, we hosted groups from Washington, Oregon, Georgia and Kentucky.

Click here to read all the reports.  Click on the links for more information and pictures.

It’s getting to be time to think about summer vacation, and our calendar reflects that many of you have already planned your fishing charter with us!  Thank you!  We still have days available in June, July and August, so give us a call to get in on the fun!

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Capt. Chris and Christy Johnson
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