Fishing in February has been pretty good overall. We have had a lot of cold weather and wind, though fishing has been decent overall. Sailfishing offshore has been steady, a lot of kingfish and mackeral around. Bottom fishing has been good when there has been current on the reef. A few dolphin and tuna showing up as well. Backcountry fishing has been good when it has been warm though the cold water has been shutting things down when the water temperature drops in the 60s. Some snook and redfish in the park, and tarpon fishing has been good when warm enough before and after the sunrise/sunset. Capt. Vic Gaspeny has been catching quite a few. Captain Rick Stanczyk has had nice catches of yellowtail, hogfish, mangrove snappers, and cero mackeral on the patches. Capt. Nick Stanczyk on the BnM has had a few good catches of cobia, sailfish, mackeral, and reef snappers as well. As it warms up through March fishing should really pick up as we move into dolphin/tuna season offshore, and tarpon season in the backcountry! Stay tuned!
Florida Keys Fishing Reports
Islamorada Fishing Reports have been reporting great catches of fish. Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is at a slow point right now in the winter. It is still possible especially if the weather is warm, but not a whole lot of fish around. Florida keys fishing trips into the backcountry flats areas have been producing great catches of snook, along with redfish, trout, and other species. The black drum and sheepshead are often around more in the winter too. Good news for the florida keys fishing report! Spanish mackerel have been caught in good numbers in the gulf and bays as well, with still a mix of mangrove snappers, ladyfish, jacks, bluefish, and a few pompano too. Cobia and goliaths can be found on the further offshore wrecks in the gulf too. On the offshore islamorada fishing charters sailfishing has been the name of the game, and the winter sailfish bite this year has been pretty epic! Some nice king mackerel around as well and good fishing on the reef with yellowtail. Groupers will be closed as of Jan 1. Cobias are possible offshore too in the winter and can be a lot of fun to sight fish. Swordfishing is possible though the winter can be rough so check with the captains about the best plan for fishing in the Florida Keys for them! 305-664-2461 or 1-800-742-7945 or Islamorada Fishing Charters!
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