Greetings from Key West!
Saltwater Angler has the information for flats fishing in Key West. Getting out early is the best option this week. With waters warming up by mid-day and the frequent afternoon showers, morning time brings more shots at early feeding fish. Late afternoon can come with wet weather, but does cool off the flats and fish can be found cruising back in on the incoming tide.
Along with the daily showers being the norm over the next week, winds will also be around 12-18 mph. Getting shots at Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit may require rods no smaller than a 10wt to compete with the winds. Most of the migratory Tarpon have moved north to spawning grounds, but mangrove nurseries still hold juvenile tarpon in the 15- 40 lb. range. Bone fish have been plentiful on the right tide with many captains reporting large bones around 8-10 lbs.
The reef will be your best bet offshore this week with anyone bringing plenty of chum. Yellow tail snapper have been plentiful if you can get them up off the bottom. Grouper and larger snapper down deep are still good when dropping cut bait, live bait or bouncing big buck tails off the bottom in 40-60 feet of water.
Team Saltwater Angler