Greetings from Key West!
Spring is just around the corner and our waters have already started warming up! Winds will start to ramp up, so picking the right time to get out will be tricky.
Some larger migratory Tarpon have already started showing up. Most have been rolling in deeper channels just off the flats. Try using a sink tip if you plan on taking a shot at these guys.
As the month goes on, more and more Tarpon will start moving through the keys. We are still a good few weeks away from the massive schools of giant females. But with the water temps on the rise, we could see them anytime.
Hungry Bonefish and Permit have already been seen roaming the flats for tasty crabs and shrimp. Just about any shrimp or small crab pattern if presented right will trigger a strike.
Be sure to keep an eye out for nervous water or wakes pushing across the shallow flats. On days with low light or sun hanging low in the sky, try looking for puffs of mud as well. This is usually a sign of hungry fish digging for food.
Offshore continues to produce a lot of Black fin tuna in our area. The abundance of bait just off the reef line has continued to bring larger fish closer in.
Sailfish are also in full swing with captains reporting hook-ups in 200-300 feet of water just outside the color change. Even though it is a little early to see schools of dolphins showing up, captains are reporting their presence now as well. Most have been in small groups moving up and down packed weed lines just outside of the reef line.
Remember to keep an eye out for feeding birds as this will be an area of bait with feeding fish.