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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.

Greetings from Warm and Sunny Key West!

The new year started off on the cooler side of things here in Key West. The temperature has warmed back up to mid 70’s. The winds will be bouncing around the mid 20’s most of the next week.

Many Captains are reporting a good number of Bonefish feeding on the flats these last few days. The winds have made it tough to site cast, so most people are just looking for puffs of mud indicating feeding fish.

The weather has brought the flats water temp down to just the right amount for larger Cudas to be hungry. The flats this time of year can be quiet if it’s cold, but that brings out the Big Boy Cudas. Remember to get the fly moving fast past the Barracuda as they only like live food. A knot-able wire leader is a must. I use 30lb for most of the Cudas.

Just remember the really big boys will require 40lb wire and some patience. They can run for quite a while before tiring out. On warmer days this winter when the sun is up, Permit and Bonefish will venture onto the flats looking for food as well.

Some Red Drum and Seatrout will also be an option as the Florida cold water pushes these fish south. Jacks and Juvenile Tarpon can still be found around shallow mangrove flats as they look for bait that’s schooling under the mangrove branches.

Hope everyone has a great New Year!

Key West Offshore fishing reports:

With the winds up and down the next few weeks, remember to be safe as you venture offshore.

The reef will be very active this week with an abundance of bait hanging out over the reef.

Yellow tail snapper, along with several other snapper species should be plentiful, especially with a well full of live bait. Offshore the Wahoo and Blackfin tuna remain the best targets. Working west along the bar just outside of the reef will hold a lot of bait and fish.

If live bait is not an option, try working shallow water speed jigs over live bottom or wrecks.

The Key West reef fishing report:

See above reports.



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