Tarpon Action On An Upward Trend - February 27, 2018
In January and February we experienced some very unseasonable cold fronts from the north that brought cooler temps and very windy conditions. These fronts played havoc with the normal fishing conditions for this time of the year. The recent warmer weather has triggered an increase in Tarpon numbers and feeding activity.
It shouldn't be too much longer to officially call it Tarpon Season in Key West and the lower Keys. We've been starting to catch some smaller Tarpon using live bait, mainly pinfish. We've been supplementing the Tarpon bite with some good shark and Barracuda fishing.
The sharks have been mostly Black Tip and Spinner sharks in the smaller 30 to 75 lb range, but on light tackle they still present a fun challenge. We're seeing some steady action on the reefs picking up some yellow tail and mutton snappers for the frying pan.
Key West Fish Reports Archive - February 2018
Been mentioning how the weather had not been cooperating the past month or so. The long range forecast is looking fairly good which should usher in a better bite in the coming month.
Starting to see a little more Tarpon activity in the harbors and channels surrounding Key West.
On our 4 hour morning trip we had a few good Tarpon hookups but they managed to shake off after a couple of spectacular aerial displays. We managed to land a couple of huge Barracudas to supplement the action.
Key West Fish Report - February 26, 2018
The weather has finally started to behave like it normally should in Key West. We were finally able to take a group out for a morning charter. After a little bit of searching we found where the sea trout had been foraging just south of Jewfish Basin.
Ended up having a good morning with plenty of sea trout action. Caught a couple of sharks and Barracuda's to make for overall a pretty good trip.
Key West Fishing Reports - February 24, 2018
Tried a few of my old reliable spots to start out but not much luck on the size we were looking for. Ended up fishing off an old wreck site in about 70 feet of water. Had a fun day catching a number of sizable Mutton Snappers and Amberjacks.
Live pinfish and shrimp proved to be the most reliable. Also caught a few large groupers that also added to the excitement. Looks like we may be finally seeing an end in sight to the crazy weather patterns we've been getting.
Morning Snapper Bite - February 21, 2018
Took a couple of guys out to a wreck site in the morning despite the windy conditions. We also fished just off a reef in about 90 feet of water. Caught some very nice sized Mutton Snappers and Yellow Tails to name a few of what we caught.
Biggest Mutton was about 11lbs. Landed a couple of Black Tips in the 30 to 40lb range which provided some fun. The Tarpon bite is still a little bit away from what we can tell.
In the afternoon trip we started out fishing a shallow water wreck that gave up quite a few really good Gray Snappers and some large groupers that we released. Won't be able to keep any Grouper until the season reopens on May 1st.
On the return to port we stopped and fished one of the reefs and picked up some nice Yellow Tail that will make for some fine eating. Was a solid day of fishing.
Spring Fishing Conditions (Inching Closer) - February 28, 2018
Big Grouper - February 18, 2018
Today we started out fishing off a couple of reefs in about 80 to 120ft of water. First spot we caught and released four nice black grouper each weighing between 10 and 20lbs and 2 king fish.
Second stop we hit the jackpot with 6 nice mutton snappers, biggest was around 12lbs, a few more groupers, a big cuda, and topped off the day with a goliath grouper that weighed in around 150lbs.
Rough Going - February 10, 2018The seas were angry today my friends. Today we battled some fairy good sized waves in the 5 to 7ft range as we pushed forward to our fishing grounds. Ended up fishing a shallow water wreck that was fairly well shielded from the wind.
Had a solid afternoon of fishing catching a number of species including our limit of Gray and mangrove snappers. The gray snappers were all well over the size limit. Also caught 2 nice sized permits that added some real excitement to the day.
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