Key West Backcountry Fishing Report - January 15, 2018
January has ushered in some slightly colder weather and the water temperatures have been dropping. We haven't seen any fish kills due to the cooler water temps in the shallow backcountry areas and the fishing bite has still been good in the deeper channels.
We've been picking up a steady amount of keeper sized black drum with a mixture of sheepshead, sea trout, snook and redfish added in. The sheepshead and drum seem to approve of the cooler temps while the snook and redfish bite has been better in the afternoons as the water temps rise.
On the days we've ventured out into the gulf the spanish mackerel bite has been decent and we've been picking up some snappers on the reefs along with a number of sharks.
We have another cold front predicted for the coming days but then the long term forecast shows warmer weather moving in which should trigger some good fishing in the coming weeks.
We've seen a number of small tarpon but haven't seen many signs yet of the big boys. Hopefully we have an early tarpon season as we usually see the action pick up starting in February.