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LOWER FLORIDA KEYS FLATS FISHING REPORT  
Wednesday, March 25 2020

Corona Virus Information And Updates.

Flats fishing in the Florida keys

Monroe County plans to reopen The Florida Keys to visitors Monday, June 1 by suspending the checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 and allowing lodging establishments to take in guests at 50 percent occupancy. The Florida Keys have been closed to visitors since March 22 to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Airport screenings and bus restrictions will also be lifted on June 1.

Monroe County lodging establishments, like hotels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other transient-licensed establishments will be required to implement sanitation procedures and follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association COVID-19 guidelines for enhanced cleaning practices

Restaurants are now serving food and beveradges.  We are fortunate to have few cases of COVID here.

 

The fishing has been good and it is strange seeing very few skiffs on the flats in what is typicaly the busiest time of the year.  My guess is even when we reopen in June there will be few boats on the flats..  June is a great month to fish for tarpon, permit and bonefish!

The Florida Keys County Commisioners has set up a web site that they are updating frequently. You can see it here.  

I also update my Sight Fish Charters Face Book Page with any and all new information.  

Stay safe and I hope we can go fishing soon!

Posted by: AT 08:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 07 2020

I have been over due for a fishing report.  We had a minor cool front last night temperatures dropped into the 60s but will be back in the 80s in a few days..  Typical March weather here in the Florida Keys..  

Bo Battling a tarpon

Tarpon fishing has been good on the warmer days in between cold fronts..  Been finding a lot of big tarpon the last few days..  If the weather is good the tarpon fishing will be good and will continue to improve as the migration really gets started.  The migration will last into the beginning of July.

Big pine key permit

Been finding some permit on the flats to on the nicer days.  March is considered  to be the best month for permit...  You want some wind to fish for these spooky fish..  A little chop on the water helps us get closer to the fish with out spooking them.. They will be on the flats until mid April when they head off shore to spawn.  

Fly fishing for baby tarpon with Sandy

On the windy days following cold fronts I have been targeting baby tarpon on the leeward shore line out of the wind..

Florida Keys flats fishing for barracuda

Tarpon, permit and bonefish are the glamour species here in the Florida Keys...   But we have other fish too..  Barracudas are an absolute blast... 

Vicious strikes. They can hit speeds up to 30 mph and make some spectacular  jumps...  

Barracuda plug

I have been using more surface plugs this season..  Love seeing big barracudas smash plugs on top in a few foot of water..  Check out the scars on this plug.


For you parents on spring break, don't forget to take your kids fishing.

 Lady fish and sea trout are plentiful and can provide lots of action for young anglers..

Take your kid fishing!

Kids love sight fishing for sharks in shallow water..

Posted by: AT 10:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, December 31 2019

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a Happy New Year and a special thanks to every one that fished with me this year!

I had a great time!

Posted by: AT 03:49 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, December 13 2019

Florida Keys sunrise

Weather here in the Lower Florida Keys, continues to be warm and pleasent.  We have only had one minor cold front this winter.  Temperatures dropped into the high 60s a few nights...  our current day time temperatures have been around 80 degrees..   

Fly Fishing for tarpon Marathon Florida

Which makes for some good fishing..  The Tarpon fishing has been very good this week.  Tuesday we found a bunch rolling along the shoreline out of the wind.
David from Toronto is new to fly fishing but hooked quite a few and landed his first Tarpon on fly,,

YAY!

Got to fish with Mark this week too!  He is my longest regular client..  We have been fishing togeather since I started guiding in the Keys over 20 years ago.

Weather was warm, sea was flat and fly fishing for baby tarpon was good..  Mark hooked a bunch of tarpon..

The next day we fished for redfish and bonefish..  Got some shots at a bonefish and caught a redfish.  While Mark was fighting the redfish a shark came in an ate the tail off it, before we could get it in the boat.  (I am eating the rest of it tonight)

The shark kept circling the boat looking for the rest of his meal..  I gave Mark a fly rod rigged with wire for sharks..  Shark ate it on the first cast..

Fun day!

Posted by: AT 12:45 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, December 09 2019

While most of the country has been enduring cold weather and snow, it has remained warm here in the Florida Keys.

Fly fishing baby tarpon in marathon

Fly Fishing for baby tarpon Cudjoe Key

Justin with a tarpon

This has made for some good tarpon fishing this month.. 

Been some redfish on the flats too..  They love flies and jigs..

Barracuda fishing with surface plugs.

It is that time of year.  The big barracudas are on the flats..  Sight fishing baaracudas is a blast!  We can catch them on tube lures, spoons and surface plugs

They are big, strong, fast, make long runs and big jumps.  If you like pike fishing, you will love barracuda fishing..

For the latest fishing reports, specials, fishing events and other Florida Keys happenings please feel free to check out my Face Book Page.

Posted by: AT 01:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 18 2019

The weather and the fishing has been good this month..  This week the baby tarpon fishing has been VERY good..  Been finding tarpon rolling and crashing bait.  Lots of fun with surface flies and surface plugs and soft plastics..

Here are a few pics from the last two weeks..

   

I even got to go fishing...

Dawn Patrol:  We had tarpon rolling when I took this pic..

Lots of doubles this last week.

Posted by: AT 01:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, September 12 2019

Fall is my favorite time of year in the Florida Keys.

Fall is a great time of year to find juvenile tarpon rolling on the surface.

Early morning starts can be epic. Juvenile tarpon can be found rolling on the surface and are eager to eat a well placed surface fly or plug. 

Fly Fishing for Tarpon

Fished with Polly from Southern Culture On The Fly Magazine this week. 

(Click Here To See The Article)

Last fall she came to to the lower keys to do an article on fly fishing for tarpon.  She got her first tapon with me last year and came back for more this week.. Fun day.   

Big pine key Bonefish

Fall is the best for bonefish.. On the right tides and the right days, you can find bonefish, tailing and waking.. Permit fishing is also good too...

Big pine key permit

Fall is "Off Season" here in the lower Florida Keys.  No snow birds, very few tourists, vacationing families from the main land are back to school, etc.. Most destination anglers are hunting, elk, birds, etc.. The road, restaurants and bars are quiet.. The fishing and the weather continue to be HOT... Most places are offering discounts on lodging too..

Posted by: AT 09:24 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, April 28 2019

Tarpon season is in full swing here in the Lower Florida Keys. 

Schools of migratory tarpon are swimming on the ocean side flats.  They are also in the back country basins, channels and channel edges.  

Tarpon on!

Also good time to target juvenile tarpon.  These tarpon are here all year round and on the right days can be found rolling on top..  Catching them on surface flies and top water plugs is a blast!

Most of the permit here in the Lower Florida Keys are off shore spawning now..  They will be back around the end of May..  In the mean time there are still bonefish on the flats..

I still have some open days in May and June.

Want to go fishing?

Posted by: AT 10:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, January 12 2019

Fly fishinf for baby tarpon article

Click Here To Read The Article

Nice article wrtten by Polly Dean about fly fishing for baby tarpon in the Lower Florida Keys with me..  Also mentions Parmers Resort and Kikkies Sand Bar.

Posted by: AT 10:56 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, January 01 2019

Fly fishing for baby tarpon......

Colleen with her first tarpon on fly!

Weather and fishing has improved the last few days...  We found a lot of hungry tapon yesterday, rolling on the surface.

Went out fishing/ scouting with my buddy Bo today..  Found some large barracudas that wanted to play..  It is a blast sight fishing barracudas in shallow water..  They are increadbly fast, make some great jumps and make for good pics too!

A little cool, cloudy and windy earlier last week..  But that did not stop us from having fun..  Mike and his 11 year old son had a blast with sea trout, lady fish, jacks and sharks  Fun day!

take your kid fishing!

Posted by: AT 09:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

I try to keep my fishing reports current on my web site,  but it is not always easy. 

Especially if I am fishing a lot.  

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