Greetings from Key West!
The weather has had some ups and downs the past few weeks and it looks like the next week is going to be chilly for the Keys.
Winds will be blowing 15-22mph most of the week and then another cold front with winds out of the north moves in over the Keys Saturday bringing temps down to the high 50’s. This will make most species move into deeper water for protection from the cold. Until then the Bonefish will continue to be found west of Key West, along with many Permit and Tarpon too.
East of us back in the basins Trout, Jacks and Cudas are in full swing. Sharks, Cudas and Snapper are relatively easy to find near deeper drop-offs around the mangroves.
Christmas week-ends cold winds will push a lot of the bait offshore onto the reef line and shallower. The Yellowtail snapper are being hammered with many large sized “flags” among them just outside the reef, in 100 feet of water or less. Wahoo, Tuna and Sails have been moving just outside the reef in 100-200 feet of water all the way down the western bar just outside of Sand Key.
Many captains are reporting large schools of Tunas both to the east and west of Key West. Loading up the live well with fresh bait is the key to success for Tuna. Remember keeping a rod loaded with your favorite top water plug on a wire leader could reward you with a chance at a Wahoo! Winter brings great bottom fishing for Grouper and Snapper too. Jigging with live or cut bait can really put you into a fight with one of these brutes!
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Key West, FL 33040
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800.223.1629 or 305.296.0700