Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fishing Report: Night Fishing in Marathon

Night fishing is a great way to get out of the summer heat and explore a completely different fishing experience, one which can sometimes be more productive than day time. Traditionally, night fishing is based on hunting down swordfish, but in recent years more and more people are venturing out to the reefs at night, pulling in consistently good catches– all while avoiding the threat of scorched shoulders. Grouper, large Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail, Amber Jacks and Mangrove Snapper are all available at night, as well as infrequent Kingfish, Cobia, Sharks and Wahoo. Reef fish behave in much the same way during the night as daytime, although your chum line should be augmented with a light for some species.  Along bridges you will also find an active nighttime fishery, with Tarpon heading the class, but also some Bonefish and your usual mix of Snapper.   Always prepare in advance for night fishing, as getting rigged up in the dark can both be dangerous and difficult.  Have fun out there!

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Keep an eye out for South Florida’s loveliest tree…

Did you know that the Poinciana tree only blooms for a few weeks each year? Considered by many to be the pride of the tropics, this stunningly beautiful tree has fire red blooms (which explains its nickname, “Flame Tree”) that only show from May – June. We’ve spotted these beauties bursting into bloom all across the Keys, and it certainly reminds us that summer is near! To catch a Poinciana tree in bloom is no small thing; consider yourself lucky to have caught such a rare treat. Also referred to as the Flamboyant Tree, this stunning example of tropical foliage is a stand-out and definitely worth a photograph or two before you head home. Look for one today!

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