Spring is here and it’s time to reset our fish brains for the spring/ summer season. As our ecosystem transitions from winter to summer, April offers a fresh start and a whole new variety of game fish to set our sights on.
A slight change in thinking and tactics is required as we move through spring, as many game fish are on the move. Some, like sailfish and kingfish, become less prevalent, although there will always be some stragglers left behind. Others, like permit, start to migrate from the nearshore flats to the wrecks on the edge of the reef. Tarpon are showing up in ever increasing numbers around the bridges and nearshore flats. Mangrove and yellowtail snapper just can’t seem to contain themselves on the reefs, along with a variety of other fish. This is a great venue for anglers, young and old alike, as well as families, as it provides non-stop action. It’s all just good; a great time to be fishing in the Marathon area, as well as the rest of the Keys coastal waters.
Offshore we can expect the blackfin tuna bite to remain strong, as well as an increasing presence or influx of dolphin (dorado, mahi mahi -- yes, the fish, not Flipper!) Activity on the wrecks can really heat up this time of year. Mutton snapper and amberjacks will dominate for a while. Toss in the occasional African pompano and a variety of other jacks, and you get the idea. Spring is on!
April is also a time to kind of roll with the punches. As I stated earlier, the fish are on the move, so try to be flexible with your expectations. Talk to the captains to see what’s trending this week, or the last couple of days, and try not to fixate on one fish. For example, the water may be cold. Sounds funny, but mid-seventies is cold, so the permit may not be responding well. But, a little deeper, and the mutton snapper bite is on fire, or vice versa. Most captains are able to make adjustments on the fly. We pride ourselves on putting our clients on fish--some of us even guarantee it. So, pick up the phone or walk the docks, talk to the captains and mates, and let us put together a fishing adventure tailored to you. The Florida Keys are home to some of the world’s best captains. Stop wishing, go fishing!
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