Saturday, December 9, 2017

Keys Fishing after Irma

Happy Holidays Everyone,
Here is a quick update on fishing and recovery in the Keys after Hurricane Irma.  The Islamorada and Key Largo areas are starting to clean up.  A lot of the debris that was piled up on the roadside has been removed.  Most of the smaller Hotel/Motels are up and running and a few larger ones.  My boat is still in the shop and the new completion date is "sometime next week" fingers crossed.  I've been renting a boat for the few trips I've had.  Business is normally slow this time of year..but it's slower then normal for everyone.  We are coming up on the Holiday season and I have several trips booked already around Christmas and New Years.   Fishing has been good.
I fished a couple regular clients on Wednesday and Thursday (Bob and Sandy).  They had a great time as usual catching lots of fish.  Wednessday we concentrated on snook, reds, black drum and snapper.  We caught 4 snook, a black drum, lots of snapper and jacks and Sandy hauled in a big Bull Shark.  Thursday we hit the Gulf for some spanish mackerel and the variety pack.  We spent the whole day reeling in fish.  They were catching a fish every 3rd or 4th cast and sometimes every cast.  We enjoyed the variety pack...spanish mackerel up to about 6 pounds, lots of jacks, speckeled sea trout, mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, lane snapper, small sharks, blue runners, ladyfish and a few others.  We went "catching" that day!  They kept a few big mangrove snapper and a mackerel for dinner...yum!
If you are planning a trip to the Keys I urge you to make your reservations well in advance.  Call your favorite Hotel/Motel or rental property and find out about their status.  Feel free to give me a call or email for recommedations.
With limited pressure fishing should continue to get better and better.  Cooler weather is coming and that will bring in more black drum, sheepshead, spanish mackerel and it will concentrate the schools of reds and snook.  I'm looking forward to some great fishing over the next few months.  Come down and enjoy it with me!
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Captain Steve Murray
Phone: (305) 393-1641