I’m happy to report that things are going great down here in Islamorada and the Florida Keys. The county opened up on June 1st and since the opening things have been very close to normal for both the fishing and everyday life down here. June has been a very busy month for us and we’re hoping the rest of the summer stays busy to help make up for all of the time we lost during the shutdown. I’ve been getting a lot of calls from customers asking about mask requirements and restrictions so I’m going to try to explain what’s going on in the Keys here. We’ve had very few cases of coronavirus relative to the rest of the country and state and we really don’t have many restrictions. The local officials did put a mask requirement in place, but that’s only when people are in public places indoors like a grocery store or a gas station. In a restaurant you have to walk in with the mask, but you can take it off as soon as you sit down. All of the restraunts and hotels that I know of in the upper keys are open. Some of the bars that don’t serve food are closed, but you can still get a drink or sit at the bar at any restaurant. County beaches will be closed for the 4th of July to cut down on crowds also. Overall none of these restrictions have been very bad. Life has been very close to normal. As of right now we’re not anticipating any other closures or restrictions. All of my customers that have come down since we opened have had a great time and I’ve had no complaints about any restrictions or anyone being limited in what they can do. The keys are definitely a great place to visit right now!
As for the fishing we’re having a great summer so far. Most days we’ve been offshore fishing for Mahi and aside from a few slow days in the middle of the month the Mahi (or dolphin) fishing has been excellent. There have been lots and lots of schoolies with some bigger gaffers and even some really nice slammer dolphin mixed in to the catch as well. We actually caught a 40 pound bull dolphin on our last offshore trip. On the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been good and the mangrove snapper are just starting to show up in good numbers. We’ve also been catching quite a few nice mutton snapper both on the reef and on some of our deeper wrecks. Inshore the tarpon fishing has been consistently good. We’ve had a 100 percent success rate on our tarpon trips for the month of June so far witch is outstanding.
The weather for the first part of July looks terrific and the great fishing should continue through the summer so give me a call and we can get you out there. I still have quite a few available days over the rest of the summer and will be in town and ready to go all summer this year. Here are some pics from the last few weeks. Thanks for checking us out!