Fishing Report April 26, 2017

April 27, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Fishing Report

Finally we have had a break in our weather pattern. Although the days have still been beautiful there have been some challenges for smaller crafts to get out on the water and get to where the fishing is good.

Sunday was a beautiful day and mother nature gave us a break. The winds calmed down and the sun was shining. It was just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a good week in the Lower Keys to be out on the water with a rod in your hand.

Let’s talk tarpon – this is the time of year we all wait for. The influx of tarpon to the Keys. They travel in and out of the basins with the tide change. Like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, they move in formation through the shallow flats. If you are lucky enough or skilled enough to find their line of passage, be ready with a bright colored fly to present. That’s what it’s all about – seeing them and making them eat.

The tarpon hang around for a few months. They make take a hiatus if the Palolo worm hatch is near. Expect this to happen around the full moon when there is a falling tide into the evening hours. If you’ve never witnessed this “hatch” as they call it, try and make an appearance. One of my favorite places to just be an onlooker is at the Bahia Honda Bridge.

The bridge area has so much influx of water that it is a haven for tarpon nearly year round. The tidal flow is strong and concentrated to therefore the bait is easy to eat for bucket-mouthed tarpon.

The Palolo worm is reddish in color and will break free from it’s home in the coral rock and swim to the surface. It will then skid across the surface and head for the reef. The tarpon simply love these worms and will stop at nothing to eat as many as they can. Some guides think the worm acts like a drug to the tarpon. They seem unbothered by boats or humans as long as they are worming about.

The offshore world out at the reef and beyond has been active too. Yellowtailing has been killer lately with some large flag snapper to be had. The Mahi have not made their huge showing yet but the days are coming when the mahi will come in close and travel in large schools. Sailfish stick around beyond the reef for a while and permit will be stuck at the patch reefs and wrecks for a while as they continue to spawn.

If this isn’t one of the liveliest times of the year to fish in the Keys – I’m not sure what is. Grouper season also opens up again on May 1st. Yay!