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LATEST FISHING REPORT – February 17, 2016
Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler!It seems the weather has given us a little break in the way of sunny skies and moderate to light winds for the next few days. With east to south-east winds, fishing to the west of Key West will be favorable for checking out some prime flats that have barely been touched since X-mas last year. The Permit are starting to be seen moving over the flats and shallow ledges again! Many of the morning anglers have sighted a number of Permit feeding on the grass flats, and other mornings they are nonexistent. The sunny days can only help with a shot at these brutes. The Cudas have woken up and are acting normal again and feeding as they should this time of year. The water temp has been hovering around 68′, so Barracudas will continue to be big game on the flats. On fly many anglers consider them one of the top species on the flats to target. Just remember to use a two hand strip and get the fly moving for your best chance. Using Cuda Tubes on spin can trigger a big hit as well!The back country will still hold many species to target this time of year with the cooler waters. Jacks, Sharks, Sea Trout and many species of snapper can still be found in the basins and tight up against mangrove tree lines. Look for schools of bait around deeper ledges or puffs of muddy water in and all around the basins. Live bait or just using your favorite soft bait will do the job.The offshore bite has also been good the last few days. Captains have been catching a few mahi; some have weight up to 15 pounds. The sailfish bite has come on strong with multiple releases reported by quite a few Captains. Anglers have also found many black fin Tuna under frigate birds in approximately 200 to 300 feet. In addition, there have been a lot of Bonitos and Kingfish landed at the end of the bar with a good west tide.  We are still seeing a lot of Snapper action in just 60 -100 feet of water. Be patient with the really big Flag size yellow tail. They don’t get that big without being smart. If having trouble hooking up, try dropping down a size in your leader. This sometimes makes all the difference. As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat side from the Saltwater Angler!January 7, 2016
Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler. It seems the weather has given  us a little break in the way of sunny skies and light winds for the next few days. The strong winds we have been seeing are typical for January, so if we can get some sunny days it can be considered a blessing. Despite the wind, the fishing did pick up this week with barracuda finally waking up and acting like they’re supposed to. The windy conditions made them far less spooky, and although you could get close enough to cast a fly at them, the tube lure on a spinning rod was the weapon of choice. One little trick while reeling the tube in quickly is to try and keep your lure under the surface instead of allowing it to skip across the top of the water which will often deter cudas. The permit fishing was much better this week with the fish tailing in the shallows and feeding around coral heads in the deeper water. Even though we’ve been having a small cold front the past week, luckly the water temperature hasn’t gotten that cold, so once the front passes the fish tend to return to the shallow water fairly quickly. The jack crevalle fishing has continued to be solid with some fish in the 20lb class being taken in shallow water. Pound for pound the crevalle is the hardest fighter on the flats, so hooking up to fish that big is no walk in the park. With the temperatures expected to get back in the high 70s during the day this week’s fishing should get better and better.Even though we’ve been lucky to have a mild winter this year, there are days when it’s overcast and windy, and sight fishing on the flats is not an option. On days like these, an alternative is to try visiting the backcountry. The biggest mangrove snappers I’ve ever caught have been in the backcountry here in Key West. The fish tend to inhabit underwater structures, and dead trees are almost always a sure thing, and are my favorite area to target. Mangrove ledges can also be very productive as long as the water is moving through the trees. If it’s just a straight drop off, however, they usually won’t be there. Most people would recommend a live shrimp as the best bait for a snapper, but you will catch so many little ones that way that you’re better off using something bigger. A small to medium live pinfish is great bait to use if you’re searching for the big one. A live pilchard will work too but their bodies are so streamlined the smaller fish can get his mouth around it. If you’re using a fly rod, a chartreuse clouser seems to work the best, but for whatever reason, the big ones are hard to catch on fly. The backcountry is definitely an overlooked fishery and can really save the day when the weather is less than ideal. From all of us at The Saltwater Angler we wish you tight lines and fish boat side.Offshore has continued to produce an abundant of Tuna, King Mackerel and Spanish mackerel! With a little turn in the wind to a NE will also push a lot more bait toward the reef line and really keep the big Yellow Tail Snappers thick as well. We are still seeing a lot of Snapper action in just 60 -100 feet of water. Be patient with the really big Flag size yellow tail. They don’t get that big without being smart. If having trouble hooking up, try dropping down a size in your leader. This sometimes makes all the difference. Sailfish are starting to move in as well. Venturing out on a windy day can be tough, but getting the chance to battle these beautiful fish is well worth it! As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat side from the Saltwater Angler!PREVIOUS FISHING REPORTS
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler!

The weather has been a little on the warm side for this time of year. This has kept a lot of anglers still chasing Bone fish and a few Permit to the west of Key West. To the east of Key West, some juvenile tarpon are still being found as well. With temperatures due to slowly cool down and water temps to fall the next few weeks, focus on the flats will change to different species. The large Barracudas, Sharks, Crevalle Jacks and Sea Trout will become a main focus in the “Back Country”. When the temps on the mainland dip, we can start to see some Redfish show up too. Keep in mind that snapper and smaller grouper make fine diner fare and can always be found near deeper ledges on flats. The offshore bite has been good as well the past week; captains have continued to hammer the large Yellowtail snapper from 200 feet of water all the way up to the reef. Plus, there are still been some Tuna caught chumming with live pilchards in approximately 200-300 feet. Some Dolphin are still being found as well. The Sails should start showing up too. They primarily feed on ballyhoo, which are extremely plentiful around the reef during the fall. We wish you tight lines and fish boat side; complements from the staff at The Saltwater Angler!

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