May 25, 2017 Skipjack Resort & Marina Fishing Report
Offshore: Dolphin are being caught in nice numbers and size. Although, this past week was what one might call a little “sporty” meaning the wind blew hard. A high-pressure system...
Offshore: Dolphin are being caught in nice numbers and size. Although, this past week was what one might call a little “sporty” meaning the wind blew hard. A high-pressure system sat close offshore and spun in strong wind for most of the week. And of course, this applied to the back country also. For those who fished, catches were good with lots of gaffer and school size Mahi. Some boats had a great catch of 30 lb. Slammer Dolphin and Black fin Tuna. One boat just north of us, had a very nice day with nine gaffer Mahi and was back to the dock by 12:00 noon.
Reefs: The word on the reef, is all about the Yellowtail Snapper. This is the time of season when the Snapper are in pre-spawn mode and Yellowtail, Mutton and Mangrove Snapper will turn on and feed ravenously! In the late spring, the reef holds some bonus fish including African Pompano and Permit, both in the Jack family. These species like structure and will be found on wrecks just outside the reef edge. There are still King and Cero Mackerel available also.
Tarpon and Shark: Right now, You can find lots of Tarpon and Sharks. Cast a chunk bait in the channel bottom and wait for the bite. Using live bait under a float can be labor intensive with the amount of grass one must deal with. There are Tarpon all over Marathon, FL., and the nice thing is, this time year you can find often times you will a get a “hook up” in your Tarpon quest! This is considered a Hook up of a lifetime!
April 6, 2017 Fishing Report
MAHI Great news ,The Gulf Stream has finally moved in. Past couple of days it has fluctuated between 3 and 9 miles South of Sombrero Lighthouse. Several reports of schoolie Mahi in about 300 feet of water. Did receive one report of a 35 pounder Dolphin caught off of the Northern Keys. We are excited to see these beautiful fish making their way here! ...
Although the sailfish are starting to make their way out of here, but they can still be found during this time of year! Tailing conditions off the Florida keys experiences an amazing change because of the Gulfstream moving in, accompanied with a stiff northeast wind it forces all pelagic fish to swim one to 6 ft. below the surface. Species included could be sailfish, blue marlin , cobia, dolphin, and shark. Although this occurrence is not predictable it offers some of the most exciting hands on fishing available. One of the boats locally reported releasing 26 sailfish just a few miles off shore this week!
Yellow tail fishing is getting better and better. This will continue to do so due to the water temperature rising. Yesterday the temperature was reading 75.1 degrees, so we are well on our way to catching some nice size "Flags" yellowtails! Though this species spawns a few times a year, they will start showing up in an abundance typically now through June!
March 31, 2017 Fishing Report
Winds were out of the north northeast 10-15. Seas going out 3-4’ and white caps. so we decided to make a run to the Hump. Caught 5 small black fin...
Winds were out of the north northeast 10-15. Seas going out 3-4’ and white caps. so we decided to make a run to the Hump. Caught 5 small black fin in about an hour.
On the way back in I spotted an old buoy with a small tree limb attached. After about 45 minutes we were able to catch 1 of 2 of the elusive triple tail
that were there.
We then trolled for wahoo for about an hour just outside the reef. Had 1 knock down, but he didn’t get the bait. Probably a sail.
No reports of any mahi, but it is still only March.