Southbound Sportfishing Key West Report June 4, 2011
As I had hoped, the wind has picked up, the current has picked up and along with it, the fishing has picked up too. After a week or so of very calm weather and gradually declining fishing, the Gulf Stream has moved back in close to the reef off Key West, (It was out 40 miles). Strong current and a bit of wind always make the fishing better. And true to form the last few weeks have been a blast. Dolphin, (Mahi Mahi or Dorado, not Flipper) have been moving through in good numbers. Some groups of larger fish, 20- 50 lbs are being caught in the 300-500 depths and a good number of schoolie sized fish are to be found on weed lines as they pass through the area. Floating debris has also been productive. One drawback to the strong east current is that any weed or debris found today is almost certainly out of range tomorrow.
There have been a decent number of Blue Marlin as well as a few White marlin either seen and /or caught over the last few weeks. A Marlin eats the same food as dolphin and they eat dolphin so if youíre in the dolphin, you always have a chance at a Marlin. I caught two last year, both in May. I havenít been lucky enough to hook one this year, but Iím still optimistic.
Not many Wahoo around, but the ones that are being caught are usually big ones. Mostly in the 40-50 lb range. No real rhyme or reason to the Wahoo. They are where they are and you just have to put your time in.
I havenít done it, but I hear the inshore fishing for Tarpon is red hot. I havenít see the large schools of tarpon rolling in the harbor which is typical of this time of year, but I do see quite a few boats hooked up both in the morning on the way offshore and in the afternoon when we return.
One unexpected but welcomed benefit of the gulf stream moving in close is that we've been experiencing a "2nd" sailfish run along the color change.