Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

November 25 – 27


The Dolphin Are Still Here!

Well, I guess dolphin season is a year-round event. These guys just won’t seem to leave. So, I would like to start out my Thanksgiving weekend by giving thanks to the wonderful dolphin. I am truly grateful that they are still here, and are blessing my anglers and their dinner table.

It is just starting to seem a bit crazy though, isn’t it folks, that these guys are here in the numbers that they are? Most every boat in town is still catching their limit on a daily basis all the way from Key Largo to Key West. I actually fished 3 days last week in Key West, and we released over 50 dolphin in 3 days, and that was after we had already kept over 20. It would seem more plausible if we had a slow summer season for them, and they were just coming through late. But believe me, that was not the case. We had one of the best dolphin seasons in as long as I can remember since I was a kid. At least in sheer numbers, maybe not slammer sized fish, but definitely nice gaffers. Well, we will just have to wait and see, as there has to be an end in sight.

I keep saying “the next cold front” will be the end of it, so I guess you will have to wait and see what next week’s report brings. This sums up the offshore scene, but there is still a pretty decent tuna bite on the humps and offshore wrecks. The amberjacks are stacking up pretty well in all of these locations too, so bring some tackle because you are going to need it.

On the reef, the sailfish action is heating up and will only get better as these cold fronts continue to move down with the Jet Stream. Plenty of kings and good numbers of wahoo are being caught, so pretty much everything is biting. If you are planning to anchor up for some tablefare (that is if the wahoo aren’t enough), the snappers have been very happy and good numbers of groupers are being caught as well. Basically, whatever you want to catch is available.

I love this time of year! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Gulf and Florida Keys Backcountry

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope you’re all ready for some great fishing this week. Out on the Gulf, there has been an incredible push of Spanish mackerel and it is only going to get better. As the cold fronts keep pushing the water temperatures down, more of the migratory species will make their way to our neighborhood.

The structures out on the Gulf have been holding some nice cobia, grouper, snapper, sharks and more. The western side of the Everglades National Park is loaded with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, seatrout, snapper and juvenile kingfish. A couple of blocks of chum, some shrimp and artificial baits (nothing beats a white bucktail) will make for a busy day of catching. Try staying away from the dirty water, and for better success look for green water.

The redfish bite remains solid around the Flamingo area, both sight fishing and around the deeper channels, with the end of the outgoing tide producing the best bite. There has also been some great tarpon catches in the same areas. The trout, jack and ladyfish bite has been solid for consistent rod bending action. Put a chunk of bait on the bottom and hold on, this is a great way to target big sharks and tarpon right now.

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