Our Great offshore fishing has been marred only by the high winds and cold weather associated with numerous cold fronts the past couple of weeks. When we have been able to get out there, sailfish, tuna, and some very nice mahi mahi catches have rewarded our efforts. The nice thing about cold fronts in Key West is that they don’t last long, and I’ve been told by many that live north of us that 50 degree weather for a couple of days is no reason to panic. Ha! We expect the “cold fronts” to diminish as we near the end of February and usher in some great opportunities for sailfish, wahoo, mahi and tuna. Don’t overlook the great fishing on the deepwater wrecks. Expect very good catches of large grouper, snapper, amberjack, African pompano and the occasional monster cobia.
Reef and Wreck Fishing
This fishing is always a reliable way to bend a rod and this season has been no different. Very nice catches of cobia, snapper, grouper, jack, shark and barracuda have occurred on nearly every trip. Add in the winter bonus of some nice king mackerel and you got some great reel-screaming action.
Backcountry / Flats Fishing
With cooler water temperatures of late, Flats fishing has been tough. Most fish are found in the deeper waters along the flats with a lot of barracuda coming to rest in shallow basins to warm up in the midday/afternoon sun. We are still doing very well with Permit along the edges of the channels. The hot action now is with the sea trout, pompano, ladyfish, shark, jack, and snapper in the basins right now. We are using both artificials and live baits and having a ball with this. We hope this fishery will continue into March. The latter part of February ushers in our early tarpon. If your timing to Key West is good, these early fish are eager to eat just about anything! Warmer water temperatures will also bring about some great permit and bonefish opportunities as well as some unique cobia fishing in the shallow waters. Backcountry fishing offers some of the best action of both large and smaller edible fish than any of our trips. The real bonus is the calm water we have to work with. No one has ever gotten seasick in the backcountry!
This promises to be one of our best fishing seasons yet, so make sure you give us a call at 305-295-9444 to reserve your boat.
– Capt. Scott and Capt. Joe