Reefs and Wrecks Producing

//Reefs and Wrecks Producing

Reefs and Wrecks Producing

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
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By | 2022-05-29T12:36:13+00:00 May 29th, 2022|Categories: Fishing Reports|0 Comments

About the Author:

Growing up, I always looked forward to all water activities - whether it was swimming, scuba diving or fishing. I visited Key West and was mesmerized by the warm weather, laid-back lifestyle and the beautiful waters - where the ocean meets the gulf. I packed-up my things and moved to the southernmost city. At first, I held multiple jobs got on the water as often as I could. I was fortunate to have some local watermen take me under their wings and show me the art and science of offshore fishing. I quickly progressed from deck hand, to mate, to captain. It was a great experience and I still help them out to this day. Nowadays, I still love fishing and spend most of my free time fishing. I will go out and try different techniques or try to find new spots. In the slower season, I spend much of my time under the water studying the fish behavior and how they are affected with the tides and moon phase. As I progress as a captain and angler, I always try to push myself into more challenging situations.
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