The reef and wrecks have been great! On our longer days we have been venturing out towards the west and fishing west of the Marquesas. If unfamiliar with the Marquesas it is circular shaped set of islands and has a bay in the middle. It is approximately 11 square miles and falls under the protection of the key west national wildlife refuge. To the closest point it is about 20 miles west of Key West and it is known for its fishing, diving, and shipwrecks. The most famous wreck is the Atocha. At 1600 Spanish treasure vessel that went down during a storm. Out of the 260+ crew aboard it only had 5 survivors. So the location was known however it wasn’t until the 1980s when the mass of its fortune was found. Including 125 gold bars and 24 tons of silver! The surrounding area has many good fishing spots. Coral heads, ledges, and channels hold a ton of species. Permit bonefish and tarpon cruise the shallows and channels. Groupers, snappers, barracuda, Cobia, and sharks hold near the coral heads and wrecks. Off to the south the reef continues on hosting multiple species.
Out last trip out we had a great bite catching many red groupers, big mangroves, muttons, amber jacks, and yellowtails. If the weather conditions are right I recommend making the journey out as it is action packed!
The bay boat has been very busy. Many anglers have been wanting to stay in the back country where it is always calm and go after the silver kings! The tarpon bite has been steady. Having a big game fish sky rocket in the air effortlessly always makes for a memory that will last a life time. If tarpon isn’t your thing sharks, snappers, and jacks will also fill a day up with rod bending action.
Unfortunately, the offshore fishing has still been tough. On the days we don’t have these crazy high winds some Mahi and wahoo are being caught. Looking forward to some kind of relief for these weather patterns that have been making the offshore so tough!
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Capt. Eric Evans