Happy friday fish fans! It has been a bit windy here in Islamorada the past week, but that hasn't kept me stuck at the dock! With a big influx in snow birds looking to go fishing in the less than favorable conditions, the fishing guides of the Florida Keys need to know how to find fish in even the worst conditions, and with my 22 Pathfinder Tournament bayboat, there's always an option of where to go even when it's blowing.
Conditions the last several days have been 20-30mph winds in a westerly direction with extremely low tides in the backcountry. As most fisherman and women have heard the slogan "when the wind is west, stay home and rest", I am just not that person to follow suit. I'm more of a, "when it blows, I go" kind of a guy. Reason being is that I am confident enough to take you fishing and at least have a fall back if one kind of fish isn't cooperating well that day. For instance, the snook and redfish bite temporarily died off and tides weren't the greatest yesterday. However, the sea trout bite was phenomenal! We wore out the trout from the 13-18inch range right before we hit a mangrove snapper hole that was loaded with keepers before we headed back in. It made for a slow morning but an all-around great day with some fantastic fish for the dinner table.
Once the winds die down again I can't wait for the day I get to go chase cobias, tripletails, and mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico. Now until April is the best time to catch a big Cobia or mackerel on light-tackle or a fly rod. Remember if you're looking for a trip, don't hesitate to call or text me for availability. Thanks for reading and check back for another Florida Keys Fishing Report in the near future!
~ The term ENP refers to the Everglades National Park