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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report -Mid December 2017

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Key West Flats Fishing

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

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With our mild winters, we usually don't see too many cold days. This past week and this week has been the exception. The winds will be mild, but temperatures have dropped into the low 60's. This will make for some extremely tough, if any fishing in the back country. Many of the flats species will run deeper for protection from the cold.  The GOOD news is, temps will jump back up into the mid to high 70,s next week. The waters temps will warm up a little and Bonefish and Permit should move back up on the flats. Guides are still catching juvenile Tarpon as well. Back in the basins, Sea trout, Jacks and Cudas are plentiful along with large Sharks. Larger Mangrove snapper are nice catch too and can be found alongside deeper ledge drops near channels or mangroves.

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

Offshore remains steady with mix bag of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna. There has been a lot of bait offshore which has brought a lot of the deeper species in tighter to the reef line allowing the yellow tail catch to stay busy. This time of the year the reef can be very productive if the weather allows for a trip out. With the windy weather coming this week-end, make sure to get out earlier before it hits us. As always, wishing you tight lines and fish boat side!

 

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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report -Mid November 2017

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The winds are staring to subside and the forecast for the next weeks looks great! The autumn Keys’ highs have been in

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Capt Brandon Cyr with one of three permit caught on this day!

the upper 70’s with night time low 70's.  However, the flats fishing over the past week has been a bit slow. The numbers of bonefish have started to decline due to the cooler fall temperatures which have begun to set in throughout the Keys. But, anglers have still been finding some scattered permit out to the west of the island on some of the larger flats. In addition, there have been a multitude of speckled trout, redfish, ladyfish, cravalle jacks, black tipped shark, and barracudas caught on grass flats in about 6 foot of water. The offshore bite has been good for those who venture out in the windy seas the past week; captains have continued to hammer the large yellowtail snapper on the reef. Plus, there are still been lots of tuna caught chumming with live pilchards in approximately 200-300 feet. Also, the sailfish have started showing up around the color change in about 50 feet of water. The sails have primarily been feeding on ballyhoo, which are extremely plentiful around the reef during the fall. We wish you tight lines and fish boat side; complements from the staff at The Saltwater Angler!

Key West Off shore Fishing

The Yellow tail fishing has been great just outside the reef line. Dolphin fishing has been sporadic this season. With most being found further out than normal. Nice size Tunas are also still being caught west toward the end of the Key West bar. It also has been a great year for Blue Marlin too. We’ve had many reports of 300-400 lb. releases all up and down the Keys. As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report -Nov. 20, 2017

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With the winds and rain finally subsiding, more fishable weather is approaching. Getting an early start is key this time of key west fishing reportyear. The Tarpon bite has been steady from pre-sunrise till around early morning using darker fly patterns with just a little flash. Moving onto the flats with a good incoming tide just after the Tarpon bite will put you in play for hungry Bonefish and possibly a shot at a Permit. Using small tan to olive crab patterns will work for both species. When just targeting Bonefish, spawning shrimp patterns seem just as good as small crab patterns. I have had some good luck working the edge of the flats in just a little deeper water for large Jacks as well. Pound for pound, they are one of the top fighters you can have on a fly. Lobster season is just opened, so keep a watchful eye out for divers. They hunt for lobster in the flats too.

Key West Off shore Fishing

The Yellow tail fishing has been great just outside the reef line. Dolphin fishing has been sporadic this season. With most being found further out than normal. Nice size Tunas are also still being caught west toward the end of the Key West bar. It also has been a great year for Blue Marlin too. We’ve had many reports of 300-400 lb. releases all up and down the Keys. As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report - June 2016

The weather patterns look good for the next 4 to 5 days of fishing. Moderate winds and little to no rain will make for some excellent fishing both off shore and back country. Next Monday things turn wet and windy for most of the week, so this week is a good time to get out there. The tarpon are still migrating north through the keys and many guides are having great success after a few weeks of very finicky tarpon. We had lots of fish, but many were just not

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Key West fishing with Key Limey Capt Tony Murphy

feeding right. Early morning and late afternoon remain the best time to get hooked up on these guys. This is shaping up to be a great year for Bone fish both east and west of Key West with many being caught over 7-9 pounds. When fly fishing small crab patterns or shrimp patterns in light tan have been working the best. The Permit are out there too, they have been just a little tougher this year than normal. With these guys crab patterns such as Merkins and Yarn crabs are a must. If you are on spinning gear, live crabs will work even better.

Offshore has been good for deep jigging Grouper and Mutton snapper over sea mounts and deeper wrecks. The Dolphin are out there, but many Captains are having to venture out a good distance to find them. The yellow tail snapper fishing has been excellent just outside the reef line in 60-100 feet of water. Tuna, Wahoo and Mackerel are just a little further west of Key West at the end of the bar. Remember to be safe and aware of the weather when venturing out. Good Luck!

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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report - March 30, 2016

Hello Anglers, with a warm welcome from The Saltwater Angler! The forecast looks good for the 1st week of April. We will 1557723_10151861907466616_154078149_nhave moderate winds out of south and the water has really warmed up. Tarpon are the big news this week. The migratory tarpon are ever where. Many captains are...READ MORE...

Fishing Report - January 2016

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. It seems the weather has given  us a little break in the way of sunny skies and light winds for 1978840_10151991531536616_161043274_n
the next few days. The strong winds we have been seeing are typical for January, so if we can get some sunny days it can be considered a blessing. Despite the wind, the fishing did pick up this week with barracuda finally waking up and acting like they’re supposed to...READ MORE

Saltwater Angler Fishing Report -August 1, 2016

 

The summer weather patterns are in full swing and that means warmer water temps on the flats. So getting an early start is key key west fishingthis time of year. The Tarpon bite has been steady from pre-sunrise till around early morning using darker fly patterns with just a little flash. Moving onto the flats with a good incoming tide just after the Tarpon bite will put you in play for hungry Bonefish and possibly a shot at a Permit. Using small tan to olive crab patterns will work for both species. When just targeting Bonefish, spawning shrimp patterns seem just as good as small crab patterns. I have had some good luck working the edge of the flats in just a little deeper water with large Jacks. Pound for pound, they are one of the top fighters you can have on a fly.

Off shore has been steady with Dolphin in 300-400 feet of water. Nice size Tunas are also still being caught west toward the end of the Key West bar. It also has been a great year for Blue Marlin too. Many reports of 300-400 lb releases all up and down the Keys. It is also Lobster sportsman season, so be very aware of divers and snorkelers looking for those Bugs. As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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Saltwater Angler Fishing Report - May 11, 2016

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With very light winds predicted for the next 5 days, chasing any fish will be an option. Fly fishing the flats for Bone fish and Permit should be in full force. The Permit spawn has come to a close and they should back hungry on the flats...READ MORE...

 

 

Fishing Report - November 11, 2015

The weather has been a little on the warm side for this time of year. This has kept a lot of anglers still chasing Bone fish and a
1505364_10152049638946616_8520704273666879593_nfew Permit to the west of Key West. To the east of Key West, some juvenile tarpon are still being found as well. With temperatures due to slowly cool down and water temps to fall the next few weeks, focus on the flats will change to different species. The large Barracudas, Sharks, Crevalle Jacks and Sea Trout...READ MORE

 

 

Fishing Report - February 17, 2016

It seems the weather has given us a little break in the way of sunny skies and moderate to light winds for the next few days. 10154028_10152060472956616_5804173832616528946_nWith east to south-east winds, fishing to the west of Key West will be favorable for checking out some prime flats that have barely been touched since X-mas last year. The Permit are starting to be seen moving over the flats and shallow ledges again! Many of the morning anglers have sighted a number of Permit...READ MORE

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