7/15/13 Key Largo Backcountry Fishing

Well the key largo backcountry fishing has been holding steady in July.  There were still plenty of tarpon to be found around flamingo which is a little run from Key Largo but that is where the fish are.  We’ve been having luck finding mullet for bait back there and soaking them in the channels for nice size 40-80 lb tarpon.  The two days before I left for vacation before last weekend we caught 8 out of 14 tarpon – incredible!  Mostly residents not the huge spawning migrators, but still lots of fun.  There has been a handful of snook too drifting pinfish or jigging big shrimp around the islands or off the mainland.  A few reds are around too, mostly in the real skinny water but can be found on the right tides around the islands and moats and such.  We’ve also had plenty of trout, snappers, ladyfish, that kind of thing.  Big sharks such as bull and lemons can be found as well as some blacktips for big rod bending action.  Today we got this big smoker king 35 lbs while we were tarpon/shark fishing a channel, pretty unusual catch!  If your thinking of fishing key largo in july give me a ring, fishing is still productive!

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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