Greetings from Key West!
Lighter winds will set in for most of the week from 9 to 18 mph. A small cold front with temps down to the mid 60’s will keep bonefish and permit off the flats mid-week.
But for the early part of week and week-end, the weather should be warm enough to see some Bonefish/Permit movement onto the shallows. Windows of opportunity where the weather cooperates will still be around all week.
The Cuda Bowl will be going on this week-end which will be the main game of choice anyway with water temps still below 75 degrees. Hungry sharks, jacks and sea trout in the back country basins along with Cudas will be your options until water temps rise.
The lighter winds will make fly casting easier this week which is a nice change. Switching to light spin tackle will still give you more shots at fish when the wind kicks up.
Still 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.
Outside of the reef, there has been a steady flow of bait showing up bringing in many pelagic specials.
The sailfish fishing has been very good with lots of captains getting hooked up in 150-250 feet of water. The Tuna bite has also stayed steady with a mix bag of Bonita as well.
Keep an eye out for birds feeding just off the reef line. The sea mounts and wrecks in that 200 feet of water have been holding a lot of bait. Wahoo and King Mackerel are still options in deeper water where a color change can be found.
As always the reef have a lot of Yellow-Tail snapper that can keep you busy as well. catching very large cobia.
243 Front Street.
Key West, FL 33040
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Monday – Sunday
800.223.1629 or 305.296.0700