Fishing Reports

Feb 7 2019

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February 7  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

For clients who want a lot of action, the last month has been terrific. King Mackerel and Little Tunny are everywhere and have provided constant rod bending action. The Snapper bite has been fair,  some days a decent bite other days a slow pick. Lots of large Bull Sharks around for those who want to tangle with them. Cero, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo and a few Mahi also available. Sailfish remain scarce.

Jan 19, 2019

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January 20  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

Back to back cold fronts have brought local water temperatures down to the mid 70’s and with the cooler temps an influx of King Mackerel. We catch these hard fighting fish on light tackle, typically 15lb spinning outfits. We anchor and chum and then cast live baits and jigs. We also deploy a larger kite bait. The action is often fast and furious with continuous hook ups. The fish range in size from “snakes” of 5-7 pounds up to 25 pounds and more. In addition to the Kings we are catching Blackfin Tuna, Little Tunny, Cero and various Snapper species. Sailfish are currently scarce. A few Dolphin are caught on days with SE breezes.

Jan 1, 2019

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January 1  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

Overall the fishing has been very solid for the last several weeks. Dolphin, large Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish have dominated the action. We have also had success with Yellowtail Snapper on trips when we have anchored down on the reef. The wind has been an issue with lots of days featuring 15 to 20 knots or above. The harder it blows the better the fishing has been.

Dec 8, 2018

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December 8  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

Fishing over the last several weeks has produced a number of outstanding catches ranging from Dolphin and Tuna to Mutton Snapper and Yellowtail. On days with the wind direction out of the SE the Dolphin fishing has been pretty good even though we are well off season for this species. On days with N or NE wind we have done a combination of trolling and bottom fishing to produce results. Sailfish remain somewhat scarce, catching one every once in a while.

Nov 20, 2018

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November 20  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

We are still waiting on cooler weather to bring water temperatures down and get our winter fishing kick started. In the meantime there are Blackfin Tuna and a few Dolphin outside of the reef edge, Amberjack on the wrecks and Yellowtail, Cero, Yellow jacks and assorted Mackerel on the reef.

July 9, 2018

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July 9  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

After a disappointing start to the Dolphin season as noted in our last fishing report, the last several weeks has offered by far the most consistent Dolphin fishing of the entire season. As is always the case in fishing, no two days are ever the same and some days are better than others but we have been averaging 12 to 20 fish per trip. Most of these fish range in size from 7 to 12 pounds and most days include fish 15 to 20 pounds.

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June 6th 2018

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June 6  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

We are now well into Dolphin season and the results have frankly been disappointing. Very few large fish have been caught, even during the mid May period when historically the bigger fish migrate through our area. The volume of schoolie fish, those between 4 and 8 pounds is also down. Not withstanding the tough fishing we have been able to produce decent catches by working really hard to track down birds, floating debris and scattered weed. One bright spot over the last month has been the quality SAilfishing which is late in the season for these fish. A dramatic color change has been in place outside the reef edge featuring green water on one side and blue water with strong east current on the other. Live baiting has produced most of the action. There have also been full sized Blackfin Tuna in the 20 to 30 pound range mixed in.

April 17, 2018

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April 17  |  Fishing Reports, Uncategorized  |   CaptainBrad

Many people believe that the month of April is the best fishing month of the year in Key West.
This is because no other month offers as much variety. All the winter species are still biting, while the spring migration
is adding to the abundance of Sailfish, Dolphin, Amberjack, Permit and many others. We have been Kite fishing with live bait
to produce Sailfish action, anchoring and chumming the reef for Snapper and making forays into the deep water for early season Dolphin.

Jan 14, 2018

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January 15  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

More cold and blustery weather this past week. Good thing the fish don’t seem to mind. Patch and Reef fishing remains good. Plenty of King fish scattered around, also beginning to catch a few Blackfin Tuna. Sailfishing remains slow.

Jan 2, 2018

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January 2  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

We’ve had relatively good fishing action during the Christmas week and beyond. Plenty of action on the patch reefs for Cero, Grey Snapper, Yellowtail and throwback Grouper. The deeper reef edge has yielded Jumbo sized Yellowtail and a good number of King Mackerel including a few over 30 lbs. Sailfish are relatively scarce, but we are getting in front of a few.

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