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Fishing report from Walleyes Inc for the Florida Key's last update October 16, 2016

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With Hurricane Matthew making its way towards the Florida Keys and the entire east coast of the U. S. fishing was nearly put on hold as most folks made preparations for the storm.  As it turned out the Keys got little in the way of bad weather and there were some captains that had charters.  Captain Robert Matthias took a party to the Islamorada Hump ant they had a ball catching all the Blackfin Tuna needed.  Captain Paul on the Reef Runner did the same and hit the Tuna and also put four Mahi in the fish box. 
A few boats fished the reef and got into the Yellowtail Snapper.  Chumming in 70 to 90 feet of water bringing the Snapper out of the rocky reef bottom up to inhale the bits of chum and waiting free lined hooks was the way to go.  There were also a few Mutton Snapper reported caught in the Yellowtail chum slick.  A few boats are opting to fish the 180 to 200 foot depths for Snapper.  The trick is to find the live bottom areas that hold Snapper and drop down to them.  A “chicken rig” which is a series of dropper loops with hooks and a lead on the bottom is dropped down and often multiple Snapper are brought up at one time. These Snapper are Vermillion and Silk Snapper and are from ¾ of a pound to two pounds.  We can expect the King Mackerel to turn on very soon in depths from 90 to 200 feet.  The charter boats will cast net live bait before running off of the reef and then slow troll the live Cigar Minnows and pilchards near the bottom for the King Mackerel.
Gulf and Bay:
Not much current to report from this area.  In the bay look for some Trout up in the shoreline area of the bay by finding the off color water..  The Gulf will yield Snapper and Trout by drifting and jigging near the bottom.  We should see an influx of Spanish mackerel by November and that action gets wild.  In the Gulf you can find live bottom or reef areas that will hold Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Mackerel and Sharks.  Also, look for Tripletail along the trap buoys.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
A few guides made it back to the Flamingo and Cape Sable area early last week.  The Snook action was reported good and there have been some Redfish mixed in with the Snook in the channels and drains in the Flamingo area.  The Snook are eating live Pinfish and Pilchards drifted on a troll rite or under a float.  The Tarpon bite was very good for a few guides.  Captain Tim Klein reported releasing several Tarpon one trip last week.  There are lots of Mullet around and with a cast net you can make all the bait needed for your Tarpon trip.
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