Since the Holidays, Key West has been booming with business! We are so thankful you guys are coming down to fish with us and see our great tropical environment, on and off the water. Times have been tough, so we are thankful to have the business.
With that said, we have been getting out on the water quite a bit too. Lots of charters and fun times have been had over the last month and will keep on going.
The backcountry has been great, as it usually is this time of year. We have had a lot of changing conditions to bring baitfish in and out of the shallows. Water temperatures are constantly changing, as well as wind speeds and directions. This has given us opportunity to fish all parts of the islands and shallows to really see what’s out there. I would much rather have lots of miniature cold fronts versus a big one that keeps us off the water. The fronts we have had are manageable and the fish have been chewing despite some days with higher winds (typical winter time weather).
The species we have been getting into are spotted sea trout, jack crevalle, yellow jacks, pompano, big eye jacks, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, cobia, redfish (rare – we know), ladyfish, lemon sharks, bull sharks, black tip sharks, juvenile groupers, Spanish mackerel, and barracudas. The warmer days have made it comfortable for some early season tarpon to pop up as well. Great action for sure.
Reef & Offshore Fishing
Fishing out at the reef and offshore has been productive as well. We have fished many different depths of water considering the changing weather patterns that were described above. Some days we are fishing the main reef, and others we are fishing the patch reefs (shallower and more spread out chunks of coral). Many species have been captured regardless.
The species have included cero mackerel, yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, lane snapper, bonita, groupers (even though out of season until May 1), sharks, barracuda, and other tropical species. We have seen some kingfish and sailfish up shallow on the reef as well, which is a nice bonus. The deeper areas just off the reef have had some blackfin tuna, wahoo, and also kingfish and sailfish. Lucky ones have found some mahi-mahi as well which is a nice winter time bonus! Deep wreck and/or structure have been holding amberjacks, almaco jacks, African pompano, and giant jack crevalle.
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