Well March is rolling on and we’ve been very busy here with our key largo fishing charters! I’ve had some luck with permit fishing in key largo the last few trips. We hit the patch reefs on the ocean side out on the atlantic and found a few schools of them. Not a guaranteed thing and they can be one of the most difficult fish in the ocean to catch at least here. But we managed a smaller 12 lber one day, and got about an 18 lber yesterday! We also had plenty of action on the patch reef catching yellow jacks, hogfish, porgies, various snappers, groupers, and more! Winter and spring are great times of year for this fishing, and especially during a cold front. The northerly wind keeps the florida keys to your lee side, so the ocean swells don’t pick up nearly as bad when the wind is south or east. Shrimp and jigs do the trick for many of these fish, though for the big bad permit we float a crab out in the distance. When that rod bows over you know you have something good because only so many fish will eat that crab on the surface. Anyways our season has kicked off in a big way and things are busy. I don’t have much available the next few months and I’ll be mostly focused on the tarpon grind that I love. But summer time can still be very good for tarpon so if you want to go tarpon fishing in key largo, give me a shout and book in advance before it gets filled in. Otherwise I’ll try to post updates on here a couple times a month but you can always read my more frequent reports on my other websites or follow me on facebook/instagram. Tight lines!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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