3/29/13 Key Largo Patch Reef Fishing Report

Another late cold front here in Key Largo has slowed some of the backcountry fishing down.  Water temperatures plummeted to some of the coldest we have had all year.  I kept my anglers on the fish consistently throughout the day though fishing the patch reefs the last several days.  That’s the nice thing about operating a larger, more comfortable ‘bay’ style boat.  The key largo patch reef fishing gives you a variety of targeted fish.  We’ve caught nice mangrove snappers, hogfish, and porgies – all a delicacy to eat!  Smaller mutton snappers and groupers have given anglers a good tug especially on light tackle, if you can keep them from going into the rocks!  A mix of smaller yellowtail, blue runners, chubs, and grunts keep children and adults entertained too.  We even caught a few small sharks out there too.  As we enter the april key largo fishing period hopefully we won’t have to deal with the cold anymore and the tarpon fishing will pick up.  That’s what we focus on in the spring and early summer.  Fishing for them should likely pick up as the waters get warmer, once they hit 70 bites should be had, 75+ however is ideal.  A key largo night tarpon fishing trip can be very productive and those are some of the only trips I have left available to offer as almost every day is booked the next couple months.  Give me a call I’ll let you know about the fishing!

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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