Tarpon Migration Brings Big Fish

June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season and true to form, June 5th saw the development of Andrea, the first named storm of the season, out in the Gulf. While the main impact of the storm was to the west and north of Key West, the Keys were hit with heavy rain and gusty winds.

As often happens after a storm passes through and stirs up the water and the bait, fishing got hot around Key West. Migrating Tarpon numbers were up, and the fish were still running strong for most of the month, with fish by the thousands flooding around the Marquesas and Key West. Key West Tarpon Fishing peaks with their spawning season in May and June, and the Silver Kings were slamming both live baits and artificials on the Flats at dawn and dusk. The channels and bridge areas offered the best shots during daylight hours, and drifting crabs or mullet with the tide was productive for captains who know the right day time holes. June 2013 in Key West stayed consistent to form and once again produced the best Tarpon fishing of the year, with Fish Key West Charter Boats landing over 250 Tarpon.

After the stormy weather, fishing the Flats on tide changes offered fly fishermen many good shots at tailing Permit. Bonefishing was fair through the month, with a few 4-6 lb. fish picked up. A scarcity of shrimp around Key West made flies and jigs the bait of choice for many Flats fishermen.

The Key West Backcountry has been full of Snapper this spring, and June was no exception. Plenty of Mangrove Snapper were available for light-tackle fighting fun and filling the freezer with delicious filets. Mutton Snapper and Black and Red Grouper also rewarded anglers who located the good bottom-fishing spots. There were also plenty of Barracuda and Sharks around to keep the light tackle action going strong. Many captains both offshore and inshore reported excessive numbers of Sharks homing in on hooked fish for the easy meal. It was no major task to draw Sharks by the dozens around a Flats skiff, and hooking and releasing the toothy predators guaranteed hours of non-stop fun.

Offshore trolling in the calm water conditions of mid-June produced mixed catches of Mahi-Mahi with a few Blue and White Marlin brought in as well. The Key West waters made anglers happy with Mahi-Mahi running in all sizes up to 40 lbs. On the bottom, the Yellow Tail Snapper spawn was hot through the mid-month, and many anglers were able to quickly limit on these tasty fish.

Overall, conditions in June were promising for a good summer of fishing ahead. As Tarpon fishing slows down, there will be fewer boats on the water, making for less pressure on the fish and a more relaxing day of fishing. Book a Key West Fishing Charter with Fish Key West and come on down for some summer fun.