Fishing in Key West has been great. We have been seeing a wide variety of fish in the backcountry. Aside from the typical spring-time tarpon fishery, we have been seeing a wide range of species throughout the shallows. These include jacks, snapper, groupers, mackerel, barracuda, sharks, and even pompano. The flats have been great on the calmer days and we have seen a few bonefish around as well as some permit moving back in from their spawn at the reef. Hiding from he wind on the more gusty days, we have seen some juvenile tarpon in the mangroves while catching some snappers, jacks, and sharks.
The tarpon fishing has been pretty good in between the weather systems we’ve had. These fish are settling down in a lot of the shallow channels that lead into the backcountry from Key West harbor. We are mainly using live bait for tarpon. Once the fish are consistently popping up over on the oceanside shallows, we will start to throw some artificial lures to them. Due to the constant pressure from the many charter companies in Key West, the morning bite has been best as well as mid to late afternoon. Mid day is when we have been going to do other types of fishing and getting some action; that’s when the tarpon areas are most crowded with boats.
There are a few days left open this May, so book while you can! June is looking a bit open as well so don’t hesitate to call 305-509-2201 or fill out the contact form here!