Florida: The Weather Gods Are Smiling

The weather gods have smiled upon us here in the Keys the past couple of weeks. Light winds, hot temperatures and afternoon storms have finally made it start to feel like summer in Key West. The fishing has responded. I have been solely focusing on tarpon and have been finding a good number of fish laid up in backcountry basins and cruising the Atlantic fish lanes. In addition, we have seen sporadic shrimp and guppy hatches where the tarpon have been feeding with gusto in the early mornings. One thing to try when the wind drops and the fish get spooky, try putting away the 12-weights and pick up a 10-weight rigged with a long leader. The lighter line can definitely make the difference between casting to a ton of fish and hooking some of them. Hopefully this good weather and good fishing will continue as we move into July.