Summer 2018: Fishing Report from the Florida Keys

 

Summer Views
Summer Views

Hello all!  Captain Jacob Hill here – reporting from Islamorada!! Summer is officially here and in full swing. The fishing is just as hot as the weather. Most days are nice and calm with light wind and mostly sunny. Ideal conditions for poling and hunting the flats. I’m very pleased to report that our bonefish are coming back strong from that cold winter of 2011. We are seeing schools of fish and catching multiple bones most days we target them! While chumming in the morning has been most productive, sight fishing on days has been excellent with optimal tides and light conditions, too. They are such a powerful fish and a great adversary.

My Bonefish
My Bonefish

While bonefishing, we have been seeing permit on the edges of the flats as well. After return from their offshore spawn, most fish are eager to eat a well placed live crab. Recent trips in the park have produced a great trout bite. Fish range from 12-26 inches. With the strong summer tides, the redfish have been flooding on the flats of the backcountry.  It’s great to see some schools of reds come back after our seagrass died off a couple of years ago. Along with the redfish, the snook bite has been productive as well. Poling along mangrove islands and putting casts into the trees have provided some nice linesiders.

There is not a better way to spend the day leaving the Keys and heading out into the vastness of Everglades National Park. Give me a call to book your day, and let’s go catch some fish!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jacob Hill

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