3/20/13 Backcountry Fishing Key Largo in the Spring

It officially feels like spring here and today we did some spring key largo fishing.  Stopped this morning to try to find some mullets as they’ve started to show up in muds in the local bays.  Unfortunately got a bit of a late start, made a few throws and got a couple which proved to be enough.  Later on ran into the backcountry for some march key largo fishing and it was lots of action.  Trout, ladyfish, jacks, the usual cast of characters and just about every bait that hit the water was a fish.  What we like to do here on some of our key largo fishing charters this time of year is save the ladyfish for live and dead bait… the bigger predators such as sharks, tarpon, goliath grouper, and even big snook and redfish love to eat them.  We happened to see some tarpon rolling near by in the channel so we decided to anchor up there and give it a shot.  Put a mullet and ladyfish on the bottom, and within 10 minutes the mullet rod bent down – big 80 lb tarpon goes flying, he’s on!!!  We chase him down and get him boatside, but he went through the leader though a caught fish with the leader in the tip, I’ve included a picture of another tarpon caught of similar size the day before.  Later we caught a blacktip also on a mullet, but no other bites and the tarpon seemed to slow down as we didn’t see them rolling, so that was the end of march key largo tarpon fishing.  We proceeded into the gulf, where we caught plenty of tripletail including several nice keeper size ones.  We run the crab trap lines out here, certain areas the fish congregate and you pitch live shrimp on a cork at them.  Lots of fun sight fishing these critters.  We did see one key largo cobia fishing on structure, but did not get him to eat before he disappeared.  Well that was the day, get on down here for some good fishing… spring is here, so are the fish, it is time!

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Florida Keys Fishing Captain born and raised in Islamorada, FL!