It’s been a great season and “thank you” to all of our regular visitors for returning, and to all of our first-time visitors; it’s great to meet you all and we hope to see you again in Key West soon!
Lots of Dolphin for the Aspedor Family – John, Melissa, Kim, Kat and Bryant!! Can these kids’ fish or what? But it looks like Dad still gets the Big Fish award!
Offshore we should see some Dolphin, Sails, Wahoo and Tuna as we progress through the end of Summer into Fall and our eventual Winter (yes, we do call it Winter). The species we find offshore will depend on our water temps and then the cold fronts when we reach that point. Unlike many places, cold fronts in Key West can mean some great offshore fishing.
There will continue to be plenty of big Sharks available on both sides of the island (Gulf and Atlantic) throughout the Fall and Winter. The beauty of shark fishing in Key West is the ability to do it anywhere. You can fish for them offshore or out on top of the structure (Reefs/Wrecks).
But you can also elect to fish for them in the shallow waters of the Back Country. It’s very exciting regardless of your level of fishing experience to watch these predators come in and nail the baits in only a couple feet of water. It is something great to try, and here in Key West is one of the few places that you can sight fish for such large predators in such shallow waters.
Pictured above is Oscar and Christie’s fish. Down from Miami, caught this one on 8LB mono, without any wire!!! This fish is a current category leader in the Key West Fishing Tournament.
This type of fishing also presents itself well with the Big Barracuda we will find in the back country this Fall and Winter. Big fish, shallow water explosion and the battle is on!
Talking about the back country, we should have some excellent back country fishing this Fall/Winter. As our water temps continue to cool, the shallow waters of the back country will become more active with all of the local residents. Good catches of Snapper, Jacks, Permit, Barracuda and Sharks as well as others. With the arrival of the cold fronts we will even see the occasional Redfish and Sea Trout. The Mullet schools will be a tell-tale sign for these fish to arrive. Although they are a common catch in the Florida Bay area, they are not a regular in the Key West area. It never fails, anytime we tell someone not to expect to hook up a big Red…Bang!
August Tarpon Explosion
Tarpon fishing has been great this year. As we wind down the outstanding Tarpon season this year, we have to mention that although the large migratory schools are gone till Spring, Key West is blessed with a local population of fish that will remain here year-round. So once again, you never know as you can see by these recently caught off-season Tarpon.
On the Flats we will be looking at Bonefish, Permit, Shark, Barracuda and others. Sticking with the theme of you never know what you will catch here. How about those of you who caught Mutton Snapper on your flats trips this year? Yes that’s right, Big Muttons on a Key West Flat while you were stalking your Permit. Believe it or not that is not as common as you might think.
The theme here is always the same. Although the seasons change, you never know what just might show up on the other end of that line in Key West!
“Fish On…I’ll see you soon in Key West”
– Capt. Joe