Lower Matecumbe/Islamorada

Was down in lower matecumbe for the past week for mini season and some fishing. the ocean side fishing was hit or miss. Miss for us the 2 days we went out in the 2 to 4 on the reef with a 15knt breeze all day and 20 knts at night. Seas on ocean side was really tough 2 to4 to 3 to 5 as the week went on. Wasnt able to do much fishing at all. We focused on mini season and were happy with our catch for the 2 day season. We saw plenty of shorts on the bay side but were able to find over 22 keepers and atleast 50 shorts all on the bay side in 6ft to 1ft of water. Back to fishing on the bay side it is ok alot of jacks and ladyfish some tarpon and snook and a bunch of sharks at night time. Few mangrove and mutton snappers also but the fishing but just hit or miss and not very good for us at all this week.
The keys were kinda slow for mini season and the bars and restaurants werent busy like last year. Alot of closed stores.....we had a great time and will be back next season...
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