This past week started off with with signs of spring, hooked some tarpon in the channels surrounding the harbor and I also seen some schools of permit moving thru. Unfortunately we had some really strong south easterly winds the last 4 days that have kept me securely tied to the dock.
| 3/3/2016The first signs of spring are here!!
We started this past week with a strong front that kept us securely tied to the dock, but the weather has greatly improved this past few days and with it the fishing is red hot!!
A series of cold fronts this past week are keeping the water temperature very low and with it the bite has become a bit tougher inside the reef.
The water conditions around Key West have greatly improved along with the fishing. I been working the reef and wrecks in the Gulf on Mexico with lots of success!!
My clients got to take home their limit of Marquesas lanes along with some nice cobias.
We also landed some large muttons and yellow tails.
The bait of choice were pilchards and pinfish, make sure you got plenty cause you will go through them.
Out in the blue water the sport fishing boats have also been keeping busy with mahi, tubas, and sails.
In the shallows the spotted sea trout along with lady fish are keeping the antlers busy
I did spot a large school of tarpon this week in the channels surrounding the harbor.
Tarpon time is al most here!!
Conditions inshore in the lower Florida keys this past week continue to be challenging at best.
The water temperatures along with the dirty conditions is making for a tough bite.
Along with the difficult conditions, large schools of blue fish are here. Decent for action and catch and release but definitely not table fare. Offshore the Gulf Stream is right outside the reef at about 2kts. That combined with a strong south east wind, makes for sloppy conditions.
If you can handle it that’s your best bet.
Capt. Brice Bar of the double down has been working the color change out there hooking multiple sails and tunas.
The cobia migration is happening now!!
Every wreck or reefs the Gulf of Mexico is holding them. You have to be patient they don’t always come right up so don’t make the mistake to move too soon.
Live pinfish or pilchard on a jig have been the bait of choice.
I also been spending some time in the Atlantic wrecks , the tunas are definitely there but a strong east bound time is making things very difficult specially if you are trying to put some bait in the bottom.
The inshore fishing is also quite hot, lots of large porgies along with many different snappers are up for grabs!!
Live shrimp or pilchards are the bait if choice for that.