June Fishing in the Florida Keys

Wow! Are the yellowtails ever here!  Mainly at night, but the bite is out of this world!  In the patch reefs we are catching them up to a pound and a half, but out on the wrecks we are getting them up to 4 pounds on a consistent basis.  And to make matters even better underneath the tails on the bottom are lane snappers, muttons and porgies.  Don’t worry too much about the bait for the tails.  It’s Yellowtail Snappermore about the tackle you fish with.  You want a spinning rod with 10 to 20 pound test MONO on it and a small jig from 1/32 ounce to 1/8th ounce.  That’s it, you don’t need anything more or less than that.

The mutton bite is on too. On a recent private night charter we came up with 9 muttons up to 16 pounds.  We fished nothing but deep wrecks with fresh and live bait.  It was a lot of fun and we would love to schedule a trip like that for you!

Groupers have been a bit slow.  Now that the water is warming up they are getting pretty hard to come by.

The hot scene offshore is dolphin.  They are biting like crazy everywhere outside of 300 feet of water.  I haven’t seen the Islamorada Lady come in with a catch that was anything less than awesome in weeks!  They have mainly been catching dolphin, but tunas and wahoos have made their way into the box also.

Tarpon is also red hot.  The charter boats out of Robbie’s are getting them on a nightly basis.

So that’s the report from the last week or so… As for predictions, I would expect to see the tails and muttons to bite like crazy for the next couple months.   The mangroves will start really chewing at night after the full moon in June and  July, while the dolphin will remain hot until late August.  If you are coming to fish the Capt. Michael party boat make sure you bring your light spinning gear for the yellowtails!

Winners of the Ladies Dolphin Tournament

Way to go Brian cone and team Contagious. 1st place in the Islamorada Ladies Dolphin Tournament. this monster weighed in at 49.7 pounds and was caught by Stacy Szmanski.

Dolphin Fishing in Islamorada

Let me introduce you to 8 yr old Josh Downtain from Raleigh North Carolina, and his grandfather Doug Davis of Johnson City Tennessee.  Josh has become an avid fisherman with the help of his grandfather. He went offshore twice in the past week on our 47’ Hatteras The Islamorada lady II and caught 10 Mahi Mahi all by himself. He is pictured above with the largest of the catch. That alone would be a great trip for me but that’s not all.On Thursday he went tarpon fishing with Captain Chris King on his 21’ mako. Josh caught nurse sharks, and a tarpon bigger than he is!!!!Josh and his grandfather fish together often and he has caught redfish, brook trout, and red and black drum.  He said the favorite thing about fishing in the Florida Keys is “seeing all the really big fish”. His favorite fishing of the trip was going offshore.