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Key West Fishing Report

We at the Saltwater Angler wish you a warm and sunny welcome from our little slice of Key West paradise. Thank you for your interest in our Key West Fishing Report for Fishing in Key West and the lower keys! 

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

Not much has changed as far as migrating Tarpon moving through the lower keys. Early morning starts to the west of Key West can pay-off with big hook-ups. The Tarpon have been very finicky lately towards taking just any ole fly.  Mullet and darker Toad patterns have been great choices with the amount of bait around. 
Don’t get frustrated and remember to pay attention to the bait moving through and what the fish are following. Most Tarpon have been found in the deeper channels through-out Key West Harbor chasing large schools of mullet. 
The Atlantic side has been paying off with more fish than the gulf side over the last week. Remember to pay attention to the multitude of other boats all looking for that hook-up as well. The harbors can get very busy when the large schools of Tarpon are packed in and feeding.
The boats don’t always keep an eye out for YOU! If not on fly, captains do well using 10″ Hogy in bone white or bone/black color.  
Good Luck!!!

Key West Offshore fishing reports:

Greetings from Warm and Sunny Key West!  

It looks like May will come to a close as one of the best stretches of good weather in years. 
The winds continue to be unusually mild for spring, averaging 2-6 mph for most of the month. Even the worm-hatch this year was “going off” multiple nights here in Key West which is unusual. The migratory Tarpon continue to move through the Keys in good numbers. 
Getting an early start just before daybreak will put you on the right path. The Atlantic side of Key West running west toward the Marquesas has been producing a good number of tarpons. Darker fly patterns will usually be your fly of choice for the early morning giving way to tan or lighter fly patterns as you move over different colored bottom. 
If using spin fishing gear, Hogy’s work like champs in bone or black color. As for those targeting Bonefish and Permit, fishing has been on fire. The bones have been around in big numbers lately. 
The Permit are still mostly offshore after spawning but will start to move over the flats looking for tasty crabs. As for now, Tarpon are still top game this week!

The Key West reef fishing report:

See above reports.



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