Winter Charter fishing in the Florida Keys can be best described as high speed, action packed, aggressive, and opportunistic.
Florida Key Winter Fishing: Booking a winter charter in the Florida Keys is full swing! Following our first sustained cold front of every season the Charter Captains of Marathon Florida eagerly await the arrival of a unique time of the year in the Florida Keys.
On the water off Marathon’s shores, a variety of Gulf Stream Patterns and predominately Easterly and Northerly winds arrive with high concentrations of bait fish such as Ballyhoo, Pilchards, Thread Fins, Sardines, and Cigar Minnows. These baits move inland to our shallower edges of the reef, the majority of our sand and grass flats. These concentrations of bait provide the perfect opportunity for fisherman and wild life to reap the benefits. Simply said all the waters in the Florida Keys become teeming with life.
This immense influx of bait not only attracts numerous varieties of predatory and pelagic species from miles off shore, but also from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Straights and Gulf of Mexico and in depths ranging from 20 to 420 ft or greater.
At the same time, Marathon Florida’s in shore fishing on the reef also tends to become highly concentrated with a variety of species of larger, hungry and aggressive fish which target the live baits that inhabit the reef at this time of year.
Be prepared for the unexpected during these months. Chances are you’re going to walk away from the Walk About with a smile on your face, a cooler full of fillets, memories of a lifetime, and the pictures to prove it.
Regardless of the targeted species winter months can be best described as explosive, and opportunistic. The bite can go from zero the full throttle in the blink of an eye.
Whether you grab a spot on the reef, or in the Gulf of Mexico, anchoring up with the chum bag out will most often present a abundance of opportunity to catch a number of species such as Mangrove Snappers, Yellow Tail Snappers, Mutton Snappers, Permit, Groupers, Mackerels, Cobias, Barracudas, Sharks, Goliath Groupers and much, much more!
Or running and gunning for sailfish, Dolphin, Cobia, Tuna, or even the occasional Wahoo, winter fishing in the Florida Keys will be a collaboration of fishing style, technique, preparation and opportunity. With these variables in mind, there is a incredible opportunity waiting for you Charter Fishing in the Florida Keys during these winter months.