Greetings from Key West!
Higher winds in the low 20’s to mid-30’s mph will be around for the next 14 days with a cold front bringing temps down to the 50’s. Burr!!! It is going to just too rough to fly fish on the flats.
If you do get a window of opportunity where the weather cooperates, the Cudas will be the main game of choice on the flats this week along with some hungry sharks. High winds will still make it difficult fly casting. Switching to light spin tackle will be your best chance for a shot at anything.
Cold weather brings difficulty on the flats this time of year. Having a backup plan is necessary in the winter here if you have just a few days to fish. Finding shelter sides of mangrove islands and fishing for snapper is always an option. Look for the warmest time of the day with lots of sun if you are going to try any flats. Jacks will also be hungry around bait schools tight to mangrove islands and typically don’t mind moderate cold fronts.
Small craft advisory will be in effect most of the next week for off shore. Only larger boats with experienced captains should venture out during this time.
For those in larger boats venturing out, the tuna is still going strong. Look for them to be over deep water structures in 150-300 feet of water. There has been lots of live bait to black out those live wells which will give you the best advantage.
Keep an eye out for feeding birds, they are still the best fish finders out there. The yellow tail fishing has been great just off the reef line in 30-70 feet of water. Cobia and King Mackerel on the gulf side wreaks has been great too with many catching very large cobia.
Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.
243 Front Street.
Key West, FL 33040
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800.223.1629 or 305.296.0700