Greetings from Warm and Sunny Key West!
The weather will play a major role in fishing opportunities through the next week. We will have a steady ESE wind for a few days, then a few days of high winds out of the north up to 20+mph.
With the winds being quite swirly this week, pay a close attention to the forecast as most days will have a windy down side to get out. The last few days have been much better with many Permit and Tarpon being sighted to the west and east of Key West.
We are seeing small pushes of migratory Tarpon on the north side of the keys and in some channels emptying into the Atlantic side as well. It will take a little more increase in water temps before we see the much larger schools of 100+ pound Tarpon. Good news is the water has warmed up enough to see many schools Bone fish too.
Captains are already reporting catches of both Bones and Permit on the flats. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.
The sailfish bite has come on strong with multiple releases reported by quite a few Captains. Anglers are still finding a mix bag of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna under frigate birds in approximately 200 to 300 feet to the west.
In addition, there have been a lot of Kingfish landed at the end of the bar with a good west tide. The large schools of dolphin will start to show up soon as more bait follows the gulf stream flow to our neck of the woods!
This time of year, we usually will see schools of the peanut size dolphin. As the summer rolls on by, we will start to get hook-ups on larger Mahi Mahi. The snapper action has been on fire in just 60 -100 feet of water outside of the reef-line.
Caution should be heeded when venturing off-shore in windy conditions. As always we wish you tight lines and fish boat side!