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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.

 The Summer heatwave continues to wreak havoc on the flats as the water temp has been reaching 90+ degrees. Getting out early when the water is cooler is the best time to hit the flats. Afternoon trips just before dark when the water has cooled some can also be productive. 

Bone fish have been everywhere with some captains reporting schools numbering in the dozens to the west of Key West. Light colored shrimp patterns in tan, pink, olive and pearl should be in your fly box when hunting Bones. Matching the flies color to the bottom structures color is very important. 

Young Tarpon averaging 30-60lbs can still be found working deeper ledges off the edge of flats where cooler water moves through. Permit fishing has still been a little slow since their spawning offshore. As with tarpon, look to find permit this time of year pushing over flats with the changing of the tide and cooler water. 

A good fly presentation is more important than crab pattern choice for these brutes. Working the edges of mangroves with baitfish patterns can also get a fisherman hooked up with large snapper and jacks as well.
Good Luck!!!

Key West Offshore fishing reports:

Greetings from Warm and Sunny Key West!  

Offshore , the dolphin fishing has been steady with many schooley size fish being caught in deeper water close to the Wall. The reef fishing has been a little slower due to the warmer water pushing bait offshore. Look to find fish in deeper water around 200′ -400′.  
Lobster season is just around the corner, so be ready for a multitude of boats out on the water. Remember to pay attention to your surroundings!

The Key West reef fishing report:

See above reports.



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