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Key West Fishing Report

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

The tarpon migration seems to be in full swing. The weather will still continued to be windy at times, coming out of the east most of the week. Then by the week-end drop back down to a nice level before ramping back up next week. 

The Tarpon have been seen all the way from far west Atlantic side of Key West to the gulf side basins and flats. The migration will still get heavier at times as more female tarpon move up from the southern Caribbean toward spawning grounds north of the Keys. Larger females in the 150lb+ range can be tough to land on fly or spin. 

Pay close attention to the strip setting on the feed and bowing when they jump to give them slack. This action will keep you from pulling the fly or hook. Toads, Tarpon bunny’s and bait fish patterns are all good choices this time of year. Tarpon can be finicky when it comes to eating, so don’t worry, just try a different pattern. 

Bonefish have been plentiful this week as well . Many captains are finding large bones to the west of Key West. The Permit action has been pretty quiet with the offshore spawning going on. The permit fishing will begin to pick up as they start to get hungry and move back over the flats looking for crabs.

Key West Offshore fishing reports:

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!

The Key West reef fishing report:

See above reports.



We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from the staff at The Saltwater Angler!


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