Greetings from Key West!
Winds will be back in the mid 20’s most of the week. Looks as if our cooler days are behind us the next few weeks.
Windows of opportunity where the weather cooperates will still be around all week. Hungry sharks, jacks, cudas and sea trout in the back country basins along with Cudas will be your options until water temps rise. With temps on the rise, Bone fish and Permit will begin to move over the flats looking for food.
The winds will make fly casting somewhat difficult. Keep your cast low and side arm style to stay under the winds. 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.
The abundance of bait offshore continue to make fishing hot. A lot of bally-hoo have brought in nice size schools of Tunas, Sailfish and Wahoo.
As usual the wind this time of year make it a little difficult for smaller boats to venture out. Larger boats will keep you dry and make for a much more enjoyable day. Look for the winds to begin forming nice weed-lines where smaller bait will hold.
A good start is just off the reef in 100 to 200 feet of water. Keep an eye out for feeding birds as well, these guys will be your best sign of feeding fish and bait. The yellow tail snapper bite on the reef continues to be good this time of year as well.