Sorry I haven't posted a report in a while. March was extremely busy and the fishing was - and still is - fantastic!
The tarpon started showing up a little earlier this year. The water temperature warmed up nicely as the winds were down - for what we normally expect in March. The tarpon bite has been good. We have been averaging 3 to 5 hook-ups on an evening tarpon trip. Most of the fish have been in the 60-80 pound range with some 25-35 pounders caught in some of the "downtown" areas. It's very rare that we don't catch at least one tarpon on an evening trip and I pride myself on consistently producing tarpon on every evening tarpon trip. The big dogs are showing up and it looks like we are going to have another banner tarpon year. Be ready for a workout if you plan on tarpon fishing - it's not for the timid, meek or young children. It truly is a battle intended for the well prepared.
The trout bite has been amazing! We call it a "hole in one" when the cork goes down as soon as it hits the water - and we've had many hole in ones lately. You can catch a trout on almost every cast for as long as you want to - in some of my good spots right now - and there are some really nice fat female "gator trout" in the mix.
The reds have been really good too. But some of the days we've had to work for them. When they are biting - we've put together some 20-30 fish days - with a few snook in the mix as well. The snook bite is hit or miss - but it has been getting better with the warmer spring weather.
For all you shark fans - the shark are showing up strong with this warm weather and Andy and Niki from Michigan had there fill with 3 nice blacktips and two big 100 pound plus bull sharks on a half day trip last week.
Last year was the best tarpon fishing I've seen and I expect this year to be just as good. The best time for tarpon is mid April through mid July. So, if you are planning a trip to the Keys and want to do some great fishing - give me a call. This season is booking up fast - but I still have some openings.
Have a great day - and thanks for reading!