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Key West Fishing Report

We at the Saltwater Angler wish you a warm and sunny welcome from our little slice of Key West paradise. Thank you for your interest in our Key West Fishing Report for Fishing in Key West and the lower keys! 

Greetings from Key West!  Saltwater Angler has the information for flats fishing in Key West.

Greetings from Warm and Sunny Key West! The conditions have been up and down over the past week with no signs of letting up through the holiday week. The cooler water temperatures will start bringing the wolf of the flats (Cuda’s) into play as we move closer to winter. The drop in water temp brings an abundance of bait into the shallows, so predator fish like Cudas and Black Tip sharks will be on the hunt. These fish are a great fight on fly as most who live here look forward to this time of year. Bonefish have still been very thick, and many Captains have reported large numbers to the west of Key West. Permit fishing has slowed down some. Reports have been sporadic lately. Some Captains have had more success than others, but that’s permit fishing for you. Wishing everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Key West Offshore fishing reports:

The reef, offshore wrecks and seamounts continue to hold a lot of bait. Reef fishing can be spectacular this time of year as snappers, grouper, and other species all move in after the abundant bait. 

Through most of the fall and winter conditions tend to stay the same as long as the bait sticks around. Just outside of the reef line in deeper water, continue to look for late summer Dolphin and “smoker” King Mackerel to be cruising along the deeper ledges hungry as well. 

The Tuna and Wahoo bite have been very active as well. Just remember a live well full of fresh bait is always the key to catching Tuna this time of year.

 Blackfin tuna also makes for a great challenge on fly too!

The Key West reef fishing report:

See above reports.



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