November ’15 Key West Fishing Report

Fall is here and the fishing is getting better and better every day in the backcountry. There are more species showing up each day, as we expect them to do this time of year. A couple of those species that we primarily get into during our fall/winter months are trout, mackerel, pompano, bluefish, ladyfish, and cobia. Other common fish we can find this time of year are jacks, yellow jacks, barracuda, sharks, and snappers. On the warmer days up on top of the flats we can find bonefish and permit. It is a great time of year to be down in Key West, fishing many different aspects of our ecosystem. The more and more the weather cools off, we see improvements to the amount of life and species that we find out there.

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Yellow jack caught in the shallows.

Many bait fish come into the shallows in the cooler months, making themselves readily available to our targeted species. Most of the seasonal fish we are going after live on the edges of the Gulf of Mexico, in shallow bays. They are in these areas awaiting all of the bait fish that are being pushed up through the channels. It is a great time of year to be fishing in Key West, due to all of the activity and species. The list goes on and on for how many different things you can catch on any given day on the water. There’s something out there for any level of angler!

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Stay tuned for more detailed reports on what we’ve been catching.

*Week of 11/8/15: We got into a bunch of good sized mangrove snappers that were going to be cooked up for lunch/dinner at Hurricane Hole Marina upon our arrival. Lemon and black tip sharks have also been plentiful, trying to eat our jacks as we are trying to reel them in! A few mackerel caught as well as some juvenile grouper. Lots of action.