Friday, May 18, 2012

Fishing Report

I've had a few people asking for a fishing report.  I've been fishing almost every day and haven't had time to put together a quality report.  So, I'm going to send out a quickie.
Tarpon are the big story this time of year .  Tarpon season got off to a very slow start this year.  April, May and June normally produce good numbers of the big migratory fish - especially in the evening.  This year, the fish showed up late.  The weather was extremely cool, windy and stormy through April.  This kept our migratory fish from entering their normal haunts around the Florida Keys.  We still caught some good fish - but the bite was not "up to par" for a normal April and early May.  The good news is - they are here now!  We are catching good numbers of the big (100-150 pound) migratory fish.  The evening trips are producing.  This last week we've been averaging 5-6 hook-ups and catching at least one or two monster "Silver Kings" every evening trip.  I expect the tarpon fishing to be excellent all the way through June.  More than likely - it will be great into mid July.  I've caught huge tarpon up to 220 pounds and they will average 100-150 pounds this time of year.  So, if you are after a trophy "fish of a lifetime" now is the time.
The trout bite continues to be excellent with average catches of 50-80 fish per trip and lots of really nice size speckled sea trout up to 25 inchers.  For great non-stop action the trout and snapper are the way to go.
The redfish and snook have been good.  Definitely more reds then snook - but we have caught some really nice snook up to 14 pounds.  The reds are averaging 2-6 pounds.  We have been catching 10-15 redfish on a good day lately.
The shark bite has been really good.  We have gotten into some nice blaktips up to 80 pounds,  big lemons up to 200 pounds and a few bulls up to 200 pounds.  A few weeks ago we boated a 100 pound hammerhead and two sawfish that were 15-16 footers!
I have many trips booked through late June.  This time of year usually is booked far in advance.  So, if your thinking about booking - give me a call as soon as you can - to reserve some of the best fishing in the world -  right here in the beautiful Florida Keys.   
Captain Steve Murray
Phone:  305 - 393 - 1641