Well Hurricane Irma has come and gone and we are still standing here in the upper keys. We were fortunate and the Key Largo area really had very minimal damage aside from some areas on the oceanside. Islamorada fared a little worse but by now they are mostly back together. A few larger resorts on the ocean side will be closed for a while to rebuild, but for the most part at this point things are back to normal. I’ve been fishing a handful of times and just wanted to post a report. The fall is here and the fishing is good! The hurricane has created a lot of new areas with the fallen debris in the backcountry that should provide us some good snook, redfish, snapper, and other fish holes for years to come! It’s also moved around a lot of the silty bottom that had ruined some areas so hopefully they will come back alive soon. The last few days we’ve had very good snook fishing. There has been plenty of live bait around locally so it’s easy to load the well with pilchards most days and get back to fishing quickly. We released dozens of snook in the last 4 days I was out it was really good. There has also been a handful of redfish around in the mix. We’ve still been getting a few tarpon too with a lot of little guys around, though they are hit and miss as to whether or not they want to bite. We did find some medium size tarpon the other day and landed them, a 15 lber and a 50 lber. Let me know if you are looking to come down this fall I have plenty of days available.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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