Marathon Pilchards in June??

Are the pilchards still around the Marathon area in June? I can't seem to find a whole lot of info....aside from reading they seem to be plentiful in winter. Thanks..

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  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 2,726 Captain

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  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    Thanks Piner!

  • sk018sk018 Posts: 2,670 Captain

    Big ones on reef in 20 foot. tough to find and not very thick, need to sabiki not cast net

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 6,786 Admiral

    we've night fished the reef, just like everyone said, hang a chum bag and wait. About 30 minutes in you can sabiki em up. Caught a goggle eye as well.

    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    Problem with the reef at night for me is that I can't take the rental out after dark... :( :(

  • sk018sk018 Posts: 2,670 Captain

    You can find them in the morning

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 6,786 Admiral

    @msk99 not an issue they are there during the morning/afternoon as well. Some of the best fishing in the keys is from 4pm-sunset. Most of the drunks are off the water, and the seas die down a bit (at times).

    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    Thanks folks! Appreciate the info on this...

  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    I guess the other option is seeing if I could buy some from Life on the Line if they are back up and running by then.....

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 6,786 Admiral

    Check with Captain Hooks maybe they sell them live? IDK. I buy gas from them when i'm down there but never actually set foot in the place.

    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    I've checked when I'm there buying my daily batch of shrimp and I've never seen them...

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 6,786 Admiral
    edited February 1 #13

    @msk99 sorry i'd never been in there. There is a stickied thread in the keys section of old posts and where to buy live bait in the keys. It's old but it had a bunch of numbers of guys who catch and sell live bait for a living. Might check there.

    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/discussion/32657/keys-faq-v-4-0-new-for-2012#latest

    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    Sweet, I'll check it out, thanks..

  • LBAyersLBAyers Posts: 21 Greenhorn

    Almost every link i clicked on in that Sticky was "page not found".

    Looks like with the move to a new format the links are all broken now.

  • Captain Hooks sells live shrimp, blue crabs and pinfish only. I have been their live bait supplier of finned fish since Irma. If I have extra blue runners, grunts, mullet or sometimes live ballyhoo left over from a morning trip I put in the live bait tank. It all sells, but is mostly pinfish most off the time. They never sell pilchards. Catching pilchards is tricky when it is hot. I would agree at night on the reef is best bet. I hope this helps

  • msk99msk99 Posts: 205 Deckhand

    Sure does, thanks!

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