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Fishing over the last week has been solid. Most of my time was spent on the reef given the weather. There has been a great bite of mutton snapper, yellowtail, and grouper on the reef. Grouper season is still closed but they are fun to catch and it also helps you scout for when season opens. Sailfishing has been good off the edge of the reef. Kite fishing with live bait or slow trolling live baits have been the preferred methods. Tuna fishing at the hump has been consistent as well. But with the seas there were only a couple of days that you would make that long run comfortably.

“Watch your tides and plan your trip around the incoming or outgoing tides.”

The bay has produced good size mangrove snapper, mackerel, bluefish, and plenty of sharks. Shark fishing off the flats has been on fire. Watch your tides and plan your trip around the incoming or outgoing tides. We had up to 7-8 sharks on just a half day trip. This is always something you can do on a windy day as a backup plan. With all our options in Marathon there shouldn’t be many days that you can’t get a day of fishing in, even in strong winds. Until next week keep the lines tight and the fish box full!

Capt. Doug

Captain Doug Kelley runs Captain Doug Kelley Florida Keys Fishing Charters. For your next big Florida Keys Fishing adventure, you can visit their website or check them out on Facebook.