Fishing wasn’t easy today here in key largo backcountry fishing. Howling southwest winds of 25 knots! We made our way into the bay and limited out on big seatrout though up to 20′. Also lots of ladyfish which we use for cut bait, and a few snappers of the mangrove variety. Shark fishing in key largo was productive lots of blacktips and blacknoses. Though after a few of them we hooked a big 100 lb tarpon! A welcome surprise, he stayed on the line and we chased him for a bit and eventually got him boatside. It was great to see in the muddy water we were fishing due to the high winds, but you never know what you’ll catch when your on a key largo fishing charter so you need to get out there and try! I’ve also got a picture here of a monstrous goliath grouper caught by a young 10 year old boy on a charter last week. They also caught a big bull shark plus plenty of other rod benders! The tarpon fishing in key largo may slow down for a few days as we have more cold weather unfortunately coming, but I don’t think for long and good news is after it leaves I think April the tarpon will really go off as they have been ready and waiting!!!
Had another great day here inshore fishing key largo in the backcountry and everglades national park. We left out early and headed west where there have been lots of big fish showing up from the gulf of mexico. In the bays we started out targeting ladyfish and trout. Lots of fun on light spin gear, watching the acrobatic ladyfish jump and twist trying to throw the hook. We saved these girls for bait for the big boys later. We caught plenty of nice big trout too, the big spring time trout are here now and showing up in the usual spring/summer areas in the bay. Gulps or live shrimp work fine, or you can try artificial if it is your fancy! Key Largo trout fishing should continue to be a good bet. After we had our fill of this, we set up in a nearby channel for tarpon and other big fish. Lots of tarpon rolling and busting were seen, and within a few minutes we had one soar out of the water attached to the end of our big spinning rod – success! My angler fought the fish for a good 25 minutes, and we landed a nice 100 lb fish. After this we had a mystery bite, something big and powerful that just laid on the bottom but we pulled the hook. After this we caught several black tip sharks, lost a few too that spun and jumped there way off. No more tarpon bites, but the march tarpon fishing key largo should get more consistent now with the warm weather. After the tide quit, we went further into the gulf and fished for triple tail. They were swarming as they have been the last several days, we caught about a dozen in an hour. Lots of fun sight casting to triple tail that are laying behind crab buoys, they fight and jump and are a blast on 10 lb test! Another great day here of key largo charter fishing. If your interested in tarpon fishing, now is the time I have some nights available still through prime season and that is often the best time to go, so drop me a line!
Looks like we have some more cold weather on the way this weekend. But the fish were feeding in the backcountry today for our february key largo fishing trip. We caught this nice small tarpon along with several large redfish, plus lost a nice snook at the boat, in one of the many creeks in the everglades on the falling tide. All on big ol’ shrimp nice, lively, and twitchy suckers! We took a look out in the gulf of mexico with the last of the falling tide to find a cobia, which we did. Unfortunately we had a hook pull on him and that was our only shot, but on the way back we saw plenty of triple tail on the crab buoys. We caught about 8 or so and one nice keeper for dinner for this key largo fishing in february day of fun! Hit some trout run-offs after all that and caught plenty of them too. Back near home the tarpon have been seen rolling in some of the basins and channels, we saw them on this day as well. We only had a couple tired pinfish left, but did make a few drifts and casted to some, alas none were interested. Look for it to get cold this weekend and perhaps our last good push of ‘cold weather’ fishing key largo. After that, tarpon will be back in the mix as we enter our key largo tarpon fishing season for 2013!