MARATHON, Florida Keys — As hot as it has been here more and more anglers are fishing at night. There has been lots of action for anglers on the reef for mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, muttons and groupers. The bite is great from 10:00PM to 2:00AM as the moon slowly comes up the bite will dwindle the higher the moonrises. When fishing for these snappers you will see that the fish will hold back beyond the light from your boat. Try to keep the light from shining into the water and try to keep the intensity of the light down as well. You should find many other boats out there as well, so use caution while running in the dark and make sure that you can be seen as well. Test all your lights before you get out there and make sure all of your flares and emergency kits are up to date. There has been plenty of bait around, so you don’t need to bring too much with you.
The dolphin bite has been on simmer lately, but all of a sudden Sunday and Monday were phenomenal dolphin days. Many fish reported with some reaching over fifty pounds. We caught a couple of slammers after reef fishing. The dolphin have been far out but there seems to be plenty of them under birds and trolling blind too. The area, which you need to start looking for these beautiful creatures start almost 18 miles out. There really hasn’t been much dolphin inside of this area but there were a few cases where we saw some fish but many. I wouldn’t waste your time running from birds to more birds with only skipjacks and bonitas inside of 18 miles.
The sword fishing and the deep dropping bite are ok, not great but just ok. The current has been really tough to deal with, but what I have heard since I haven’t been lately that the fish have been biting only on a few drifts. Making many drifts for swords can take a toll on your patience. I have been hearing lots of captains having a hard time hooking the fish, not that they are not getting the bites. Sometimes the swordfish will attack a bait and not eat it. Sometimes you think a swordfish has eaten the bait onto have him wrapped up in the leader and then the hook pulling. It’s not an easy way to fish with 2000 feet of line out and getting small bites, which can transform into a 400-pound fish. Sword fishing has been one of my favorite ways to fish because not everyone can do it. It takes talent and experience to recognize what’s going on down there almost 2000 feet down. One day you can do everything right and still you don’t get one, it’s definately the hardest way to fish because it has so many variables and if something can go wrong it will.
Have a great week and I will see you out there.