Lower Keys and Key West

Fishing the keys

Lower Keys and Key West

The weather has been pretty stable until the last cold front hit. The wind tuned into the east and blew pretty hard for a few days. The wind is now moderating and fishing should get substantially better.

Offshore there has been kingfish, blackfin tuna, little tunny and a few sailfish and dolphin (mahi-mahi).

Chelsea Bumpus with big Barracuda

Chelsea Bumpus with a big barracuda

There have been good catches of mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, yellowjacks, kingfish, little tunny, Cero mackerel and barracuda on the reef.

The rock piles in Hawks Channel have been loaded with red and gag grouper, mutton and mangrove snapper, Cero mackerel and barracuda.

Flats fishing has been a little slow as the water temperature has been in the mid 60's, but there have been catches of a few permit and barracuda. In the basins on the Gulf of Mexico side, there have been good catches of trout, jacks, ladyfish and some pompano.

All in all the weather is looking good for the next several days coming up and I'm looking forward to some great fishing in the week ahead.

Capt. Mark Schmidt
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