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Key West Fishing Report for January 3, 2018

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Key West Flats Fishing

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

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Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm welcome from The Saltwater Angler!

Winter for the lower keys has finally set in on us. We will have much colder temperatures over the next couple of weeks as the cold north winds find their way down south. Winds will be in the mid 20's with temperatures dipping into the 50's as well. These will unfortunately make the flats a little quiet. Permit and Bonefish will be much deeper than normal for protection from the cold. Cudas, Sharks and Jacks will be the majority of species to stalk while the weather stays cold. We do sometimes see Redfish tailing in shallow flats but this is a rarity and usually not on the game plan for the day. Snappers and Sea trout will be a good choice for anglers trying out the back country flats.

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

Offshore remains steady with plenty of bait pushed out by the north winds. Look for Yellow Tail snapper to be very aggressive just outside the reef line in 40-60 feet of water. The Tuna also remain abundant in a mix bag of Bonita's and skip jacks too. Stocking up on as much live bait you can find will help you out hooking up with these winter brutes. Some captains are finding larger King Mackerel and some Wahoo in deeper water to the west end of the bar just outside of Sand Key tower. Whatever your trip you have planned, here's the SWAngler wishing you tight lines and fish boat side!

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Key West Fishing Report for December 20, 2017

Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing n Key West and the lower keys.!

Key West Flats Fishing

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

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Light winds and mild weather will be here through the holiday week-end. Temperatures have bounced back up in the mid to high 70's after a couple of cool weeks. This has helped the flats to warm up enough for Permit and Bonefish to be spotted moving across the shallows and back country ledges again. This time of year getting out a little later with the sun up higher gives you a better chance of coming across Bones and Permit. Darker colored crab patterns in tan or olive work great this time of year. Few juvenile Tarpon are still being spotted along mangroves edges chasing schools of baitfish too. Dark colored baitfish patterns, toad patterns and even gurglers work for these guys early in the morning or late evenings. Getting a little deeper in the back basins will give you a good chance of finding large jacks, Cudas, Sea trout and even Mangrove snappers in an abundance. Live bait is always "king", but any dear hair jig or Gulp jig will do nicely too. Look for deeper ledges in the basins and be patient, these fish move in schools and cover a lot of ground.

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

Offshore remains steady with mix bag of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna. Many captains are seeing schools of Wahoo and large King Mackerel all up and down the wall outside the reef in 100 to 200 feet of water. With the amount of bait offshore, a lot of the deeper species have come 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 mild weather this week, offshore trips will be on fire with the amount of bait pushed out last week. Remember Grouper season is coming to a close, so now is the time to finish the year off strong with some of the best tasting table fare. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from the staff at The Saltwater Angler!

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Your Key West Fishing Report for December 15, 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. Here is your Key West fishing report for June.

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. 

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!

 

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from the staff at The Saltwater Angler!

Your Key West Fishing Report for Nov 5, 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. Here is your Key West fishing report for June.

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

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The weather this week continues to be windy and overcast. There is even a chance of tropical force winds over the week-end. Highs have been in the lower 80’s with night time lows in the mid 70’s. Less than ideal weather has caused the flats fishing over the past week to be a bit slow. The numbers of bonefish remain steady but difficult to see. Guides have still been finding some scattered permit out to the west of the island on some of the larger flats. Lady fish, cravalle jacks, black tipped shark, and barracudas have been spotted on grass flats in about 6 foot of water. As the water starts to cool, the back country sea trout and red drum fishing could began to pick up.

 

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

The offshore bite has been good the past week for those who ventured out. Captains have continued to hammer the large yellowtail snapper on the reef. Plus, there have 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. Good Luck!

 

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Your Key West Fishing Report for July 20, 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. Here is your Key West fishing report for June.

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

The summer heat has been a little above normal for this time of year. It's been pushing 90 degrees midday with light early morning showers 

saltwater angler key west fishingcausing a good amount of humidity. This makes getting out early your best chance for the back country. Juvenile Tarpon will be active tight up to mangroves early and darker fly patterns will be best. Once the sun is up, moving onto the flats with an incoming tide will be your best chance to hook up with Bone fish or even a Permit. Shrimp patterns or small crab patterns are the flies of choice for these brutes. Cudas, Jacks and sharks are plentiful on the flats as well. Using fast stripping action on just about any baitfish pattern will entice a strike from these overlooked species. Late afternoon, when the waters start to cool back down, can also bring exciting action as well.

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

Offshore the dolphin have remained steady. Many captains are reporting a good year with fish in the 20+ pound range. Looking for a tight packed weed line or birds actively feeding is a good place to look. Wahoo, Tuna, Bonita and Marlin can also be found in these areas feeding on young dolphin. So keeping a spinning rod rigged with a live bait or top water plug will give you a good shot at hooking up with one of those trophies. Grouper and snapper remain plentiful and abundant in 40-60 feet of water just outside the reef line. Lobster hunting is just around the corner, so keep a watchful eye out for divers in the water. Have a good holiday and keep safe!!!

Your Key West Fishing Report

June 28, 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. Here is your Key West fishing report for June.

FLATS FISHING IN KEY WEST

Summer is finally here! Our typical weather patterns of lighter winds and daily rain showers will become the norm as our waters saltwater angler key west fishingbegin to heat up. As the flats start to warm up around mid-day, most species will move into deeper water for protection from the rising heat. Getting an early start in the back country will be the key to getting shots at Bonefish, Jacks or even a Permit. Timing your trip with the incoming tide with small tan crab patterns will work with all three species on fly. Live shrimp or small crabs should be your bait of choice when on spin gear. As the larger migratory Tarpon move further north, anglers will still have plenty of our juvenile fish around in the 20-50 lb. range. Along with the early morning bite, these tarpon can be targeted late in the afternoon as well moving tight along mangroves.

OFFSHORE FISHING IN KEY WEST

Offshore the Dolphin has been on fire! Many captains are reporting fish 25lb. and larger. Wahoo, Bonita's and some Tuna are also being landed regularly as well. The man in the blue suit (Blue Marlin) has been making some appearances too! Just getting a hook up with a Marlin and seeing it blast out of the ocean can make a memory for a life time. The grouper and Yellow-tail snapper have continued to bite well between 70-90 feet. Wishing all who venture out tight lines and fish boat side!!!

Your Key West Fishing Report

June 5, 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. Here is your Key West fishing report for June.

Winds will be steady over the next week with as little as 5 mph up to 15 mph. We will also see some rain showers almost key west fishingdaily, but there should still be some dry times to get out. For those who still venture out, the migratory Tarpon are here and moving through the lower keys in large groups. Both east and west of Key West have been very active. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. Most hook ups on spin have been with live bait fish or crabs. Bone fish and Permit have been very active on the flats lately. After an early morning target of Tarpon, moving up on the flats this time of year will bring many shots at hungry Bonefish or even a Permit. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.

Offshore, many large Dolphin are being caught under some really nice packed weed lines. With Wahoo, Dolphin and plenty of Mackerel out beyond the reef-line, planning a trip offshore could be surprising and rewarding! Its the time of year where we start to see large schools of young Dolphin prowling weed lines offshore. This brings in a lot of larger Pelagic species as well and good opportunity for a nice Wahoo! Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle too. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

Your Key West Fishing Report

May 15 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler.key west fishingLight winds and warm weather continue to be the report from Key West. The migratory Tarpon are here and moving through the lower keys, with reports of large schools both east and west of Key West. Many have been a little finicky so far, but the large schools make up for picky fish giving lots of chances for a hook-up. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. Most hook ups on spin have been with live baitfish or crabs. Bone fish and Permit have been very active on the flats lately. The afternoon bite has been the best for finding Permit feeding. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.

Offshore, many large Dolphin are being caught under some really nice packed weed lines. With Wahoo, Dolphin and plenty of Mackerel out beyond the reef-line,  planning a trip offshore could be surprising and rewarding!  Its the time of year where we start to see large schools of young Dolphin prowling weed lines offshore. This brings in a lot of larger Pelagic species as well. Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle too. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet.  Grouper season opened on May 1st., so get the heavy gear ready for excellent tasting table fare. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

Your Key West Fishing Report

April 15 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler.

The Migratory Tarpon have started to move through the Keys. The Atlantic side of the Keys has been the best  place to key west fishing reportlook for larger Tarpon with the deeper channels just off the flats holding Juveniles. The closer we get to May, you'll be able to look for the big ones on both sides of the Keys. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. We will have a small cold front move through the week-end, so back country fishing for Bonefish and Permit could be tough. Keep this in mind if planning on coming down the next 4-5 days.

Offshore continues to produce many Blackfin tuna and Bonita's. We are in the height of Sailfish season, so planning a trip offshore could be great! Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle as well. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet.  Grouper season opens in just a few weeks, so get the heavy gear ready. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

Your Key West Fishing Report

May 15 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler.

Light winds and warm weather continue to be the report from Key West. The migratory Tarpon are here and moving through the lower keys, with reports of large schools both east and west of Key West. Many have been a little finicky so far, but the large schools make up for picky fish giving lots of chances for a hook-up. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly key west fishingfishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. Most hook ups on spin have been with live baitfish or crabs. Bone fish and Permit have been very active on the flats lately. The afternoon bite has been the best for finding Permit feeding. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.

Offshore, many large Dolphin are being caught under some really nice packed weed lines. With Wahoo, Dolphin and plenty of Mackerel out beyond the reef-line,  planning a trip offshore could be surprising and rewarding!  Its the time of year where we start to see large schools of young Dolphin prowling weed lines offshore. This brings in a lot of larger Pelagic species as well. Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle too. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet.  Grouper season opened on May 1st., so get the heavy gear ready for excellent tasting table fare. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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