Fishing is on fire lately with cooler water temperatures and mild conditions. We have gotten some strong winds with cold fronts, but other than that the weather is fabulous. Key West has one of the warmest temperatures in the country right now, which is why January is such a popular time to be here.
The backcountry and shallow water fishing has been great with multiple species. Sea trout, pompano, jack crevalle, yellow jacks, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, mutton snappers at times, juvenile grouper, barracuda, cobia, ladyfish, mackerel, and many species of sharks. Plenty of action for any level of angler.
Reef fishing has been great as well. Many species to be caught on the shallower patch reefs, main reef, and beyond into the deeper water. Yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, groupers (even though the season is closed), yellow jacks, cobia, kingfish, mackerel, triggerfish, vermillion snapper, sharks, and more! The deeper areas have been getting tunas, mahi mahi, and some wahoo from time to time depending on water clarity.