11/19/17 Key Largo November Patch Reef Fishing

Got out on the patch reefs of key largo today.  November fishing in Key Largo gives us some great options out in these areas.  The water cools down and the shallow water ‘patch reefs’ become alive with fish.  Usually we have a good variety including porgy, snapper, hogfish, grouper, and more…  The last couple times I was out however the snapper definitely dominated.  We got some good size mangrove snappers, nothing huge but respectable 12-14 inchers… great for some table fare!  There was also a good mix of yellowtail and mutton snapper mixed in.  Other than that we had some action with yellow bar jacks.  These fish are great actually as sashimi believe it or not.  We ended our day chumming with our live pilchards and got into a great little barracuda bite!  Key largo barracuda fishing is lots of fun on light tackle.  These guys were in the 4 to 6 lb range, perfect for our light gear.  We had to up our leader size to keep them from biting us off, but it was loads of fun.  They pull just as hard as a spanish mackerel and jump a little bit too.  It was a great day off the shallow reefs of key largo.  I’m fishing tomorrow then out of town for thanksgiving.  If you want to get out fishing next weekend though I’ll be back Friday evening and it’s wide open as of now!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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