With the weather warming up, July is a great time of year to fish the keys. The weather is usually calm and warm. And the fishing opportunities are endless.
The dolphin bite has been either real slow or epic. With little weeds and floating debris , the only way we have been finding the fish is either finding the working birds or blind trolling. Tuna have been consistent out near the the marathon hump with sizes ranging between 7-15 lbs.
The reef bite has been on fire. Mangrove snapper spawn is in full effect. Just about as fast as you can put a bait in the water, you have a fish. The yellowtail snapper has slowed a little bit but you could still put in a little more time and catch your limits.
The deep wrecks:
The deep wrecks have been producing some nice mutton snapper around the outside edges of the wrecks. Right on top of and near the wrecks has been great for jack crevalle and amberjack.
I have not fished the Gulf at all except for bait. When the mangrove snapper spawn, the greatest majority move to the Atlantic side to breed. I’m sure if you wanted there would be plenty of action with blue runners, jack crevalles, Sharks, and jewfish.