June was a super busy month here in the Florida Keys, but the weather was not cooperative. For the most part in June I was either fishing for mahi mahi offshore or fishing for tarpon inshore. The offshore bite has been fantastic when we were able to make it out there. The water quality out deep has been much better than last year and the fishing is much better too. There have been a lot of small mahi around with some big ones mixed in. As usual we've found a lot of mahi under weeds and other floating debris, but some of the bigger fish we found were under frigate birds. There have also been some billfish offshore and some scattered tunas mixed in.
In the backcountry, the tarpon bite has been the most consistent it has been all year, despite the weather. There have been a lot of fish on the oceanside and the bite has been good, but again the weather has often prevented us from fishing there. We have also had some great early morning and evening bites. The worm hatch was awesome this year, we fished further east from Key West, but there were a lot worms out and the the tarpon were taking flies. The permit fishing picked up in June, a lot of the fish seemed to be done spawning and heading back into the shallows. We saw a lot of permit causing the oceanside flats, mixed in with the tarpon, but there are a bunch of permit in the backcountry as well.