Just like when life gives you lemons you make lemonade, when the Keys give you wind you do your best to hide from it or make the best of it.
This week has been a tough one for both flats and offshore guides alike. Big wind over 20 mph not only makes it difficult to get out to your regular spots, it churns up the water and makes for rough navigation in a small vessel.
The shallows are showing a good number of tarpon. They are moving on the flats and despite the wind the skies were pretty clear and easy to spot these silver kings. Fly fishing might be a more difficult task if you can’t get that downwind shot. There have been a fair amount of permit caught this week in the shallows. That’s good news since the permit have been spawning offshore for the past month or so.
When all else fails there’s some hope if you’d an find a shallow sandy spot and bring some shrimp to chum in the bonefish or a few bonnethead sharks. It makes for some excitement and they are fun to fight on light tackle.
Light tackle fishing has been sporty but productive. The mutton snapper fishing this time of year is exceptional. The muttons spawn on the full moon in May and June just off the reef. There’s a bar they congregate on that’s just past the reef and they can be found in good numbers and range from 8-15 lbs on average.
Some of the offshore boats that have spent the day on the high seas have been catching marlin, sailfish, kingfish and Mahi-mahi lately. A surprising number of marlin for this early in the season but great news regardless.
The winds continue this week and some weather will move through. Then it looks like we might get into a groove of our regular late spring weather. Calm days are ahead we hope, especially for tarpon fishing!