Captains Juan Garcia, James Chappell, and Jamie Connell tackle bottom, inshore and offshore fishing from Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon.
November 11 – 13
Backcountry – Report of 4/11
Hello everybody! There is great fishing in the interior of the Florida Keys. It seems like every area of Everglades National Park is producing consistent catches for any type of angler. Snook, tarpon, redfish, trout, and jacks can be found around the mainland shores from Key Largo to Cape Sable and beyond. Live baits and artificials seem to be producing for everyone.
The change of season is just around the corner and so are the mackerel and cobia. Look for these fisheries to continue to improve in the coming weeks as the water temperature cools. The bite around the local bridges has been a great option on windy days for some rod bending.
Cats, snook, tarpon, groupers, and snappers have been part of the daily catches. Live bait has been the best and can be easily found around the shores. Expect good fishing in the interior of the Florida Keys.
Capt. Juan Garcia
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! I’m posting this a little early because of TS Nicole, as she’s been messing up our whole week with the weather, but we’re looking forward to a great weekend! Maybe we’ll get lucky and get out on Thursday, but time will tell.
Hopefully offshore will carry some debris from the storm and the Mahi bite will continue to carry through for a while longer. Hopefully, the change in pressure will ignite the reef and wrecks and keep the pelagics on their winter migration.
Fishing was good yesterday (7/11) but that was the last until this storm passed. Time will tell, but get ready for the weekend because the forecast starting Friday looks pretty good! The bait was great just before, so hopefully, it will pick up where we left off! Come back next week for a new report or give us a call and I’ll let you know what’s going on! Stay safe everyone, these little storms can pack a big punch sometimes.
Captain James Chappell
Welcome back to the Lower Keys fishing forecast, overall the weather is looking up down here and looking beautiful for the weekend. Hopefully, Nicole isn’t doing too much damage to the continent. It’s going to be a busy weekend in the Lower Keys; we have the Power Boat Races and the Sugarloaf Showdown.
The Power Boat Races will take place in Key West Harbor all week, with the big races on Saturday and Sunday. It’s an amazing event to watch, but even if you’re just planning to get on the boat this weekend, pay attention to the race schedule. The Coast Guard will close the port during and this may alter your schedule. Or just avoid the port, if you are not a spectator of the event.
The Sugarloaf Showdown will also take place on Friday and Saturday this weekend. This is a bottom fishing tournament based out of Sugarloaf Marina. Anglers can target permits, bonefish, and barracuda with spinning rods and fly rods. This tournament supports the Florida Keys Guides Trust Foundation. This should be an action-packed weekend in the Lower Keys and the weather is working out great too. Be sure to get out on the water and enjoy it.
Capt. Jamie Connell