Summer fishing the keys

Old 05-28-2011, 06:53 PM
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Default Summer fishing the keys

My job moved me down to the keys last August, so most of my fishing has taken place over the winter and early spring. Caught a good amount of sails, kings, and wahoo. But having quite a few cutoffs, I started rigging with wire more, especially if I am out past where sails should be.

The question I have is now that summer is here, should I drop the wire all together and go to straight mono on my rigs? Do the toothy critters stay down here during the summer?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 05-28-2011, 07:20 PM
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Water warm = Slow..... I would not worry about wire... Mahi will still be around - but fish early or late....
Old 05-29-2011, 05:51 AM
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For trolling the reef and color change in close keep the wire with your expensive lures. Most of the kings are gone ,but still plenty of cudas,Otherwise and out beyond 150 ft. use 50 fluro or mono.
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Thanks for the advice guys.
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Depends on where you're fishing.

If you're offshore near the reefline, there will be kings and cuda's there all summer long, so cutoffs are possible.

If you get offshore further and stay in deeper water, drop the wire and go with 50/60lbs flourocarbon for shy fish, 80/100lbs mono for "normal" trolling, and if you hope to target something bigger, go heavier.

Just remember that as the summer moves on, it's a early game for fishing, so get out at first light, fish until late morning, then come in for lunch and a nap. Go back out a 4pm or so for the evening bite.


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