Key West Fishing Report

Key West Fishing Report July 18, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Winds will be up to 12-18 mph most of the next two weeks. It will still be hot and muggy with the flats heating up to high 80's, so getting out early before the flats reach those temps is your best option.

As the flats start to warm up around mid-day, most species will move into deeper water. Reports of large Bonefish being caught have been the norm the last few weeks.

Many Guides have released Bones over 10lbs lately. Just about any respectful shrimp pattern will get their attention just as long as it is presented right.

The Dell Brown Permit tournament has come and gone this past week. A lot of fish we spotted, but getting good shots was a little difficult. Still, quite a few Permit were released during the three-day Tournament leading one to believe the fishery is doing great. Timing your trip with the incoming tide with tan crab patterns will be the fly of choice for Permit.

Both small crab and shrimp patterns will work for both Permit and Bonefish. With the larger migratory Tarpon further up the state now, anglers will still have plenty of our juvenile fish around in the 20-50 lb. range. Along with the early morning bite, these tarpons can be targeted late in the afternoon as well. Try matching up the bait fish fly pattern with what the Juvies are feeding on to entice younger Tarpon to roll on your flies. Summer crab patterns will also work on Tarpon too.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

With Lobster mini season just a week away, a quick reminder to keep a look-out for diver down flags. Keeping a good 300 feet away is advised. The Dolphin has been on fire! Blue water fly fishing can be so much fun if you can find feeding pelagic species too. Wahoo, Bonita's and some Tuna are also being landed regularly as well.

The man in the blue suit (Blue Marlin) has been making some appearances too! Just getting a hook up with a Marlin and seeing it blast out of the ocean can make a memory for a life time.

The grouper and yellow tail snapper have continued to bite well between 70-90 feet. Some fish have started to move a little deeper with water temps nearing 90 degrees.

Wishing all who venture out tight lines and fish boat side!!!

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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See above fishing reports.

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Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

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Key West Fishing Report June 28, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

Summer is finally here! Our typical weather patterns of lighter winds and daily rain showers will become the norm as our waters begin to heat up.

As the flats start to warm up around mid-day, most species will move into deeper water. Getting an early start in the back country will be the key to getting shots at Bonefish, Jacks or even a Permit.

Timing your trip with the incoming tide with small tan crab patterns will work with all three species. As the larger migratory Tarpon move further north, anglers will still have plenty of our juvenile fish around in the 20-50 lb. range. Along with the early morning bite, these tarpons can be targeted late in the afternoon as well.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

The Dolphin has been on fire! Many captains are reporting fish 25lb. and larger. Wahoo, Bonita's and some Tuna are also being landed regularly as well. The man in the blue suit (Blue Marlin) has been making some appearances too! Just getting a hook up with a Marlin and seeing it blast out of the ocean can make a memory for a life time.

The grouper and yellowtail snapper have continued to bite well between 70-90 feet.

Wishing all who venture out tight lines and fish boat side!!!

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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See above fishing reports.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

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Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report May 30, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

Light winds and periodic showers should make for a good week on the flats. Larger schools of migratory Tarpon have been seen moving from the Atlantic side of the islands into the basins just off the flats. They have been a little picky this year causing many captains to change flies quite often to satisfy their appetites.

Paying close attention to what the Tarpon are feeding on will help you find a good matching pattern or bait...ie... crab, mullet, etc.  Most have been rolling in deeper channels just off the flats with the Atlantic Ocean side holding most of the fish. Try using a sink tip or stealth tip if you plan on taking a shot at these guys in deeper water. 

The worm hatch has been light or not at all from most reports. This could mean the worms could start moving any day as we get closer the new moon. When the palolo worms do show up, look for the Tarpon to be gorging themselves and packing the channels between the islands. Hungry Bonefish and Permit have been seen roaming the flats in good numbers. 

Many Captains have been reporting large bonesfish ranging from 8-11lbs. Just about any shrimp or small crab pattern if presented right will trigger a strike. Be sure to keep an eye out for nervous water or wakes pushing across the shallow flats. On days with low light or sun hanging low in the sky, try looking for puffs of mud as well. This is usually a sign of hungry fish digging for food. There will be a lot more boats out on the flats this time of year, so be courteous and careful.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

With good weather over the next week, getting out to the reef or even further should be nice. Yellowtail snapper on the reef has been on fire. A good amount of chum and size 2-4 crusher jigs will have you hooked up in no time.

The Dolphin off shore have been the hot ticket lately. Good size schools of smaller dolphin will begin to give way to paired up bulls and cows as the summer rolls past. Deeper water with bottom rigs for larger mutton snapper and grouper has also been hot as of late. A few Cobia, Tuna and King Mackerel have been around too. Just remember to be alert when out on the deep blue sea.

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

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Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report May 10, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

The weather looks great for the next week or so, with lights winds just about everyday! Still some windy days will come and go, so picking the right day to fish will something everyone needs to pay attention to.
The migratory Tarpon have finally been showing up and migrating through the lower keys.  Most have been rolling in deeper channels just off the flats with the Atlantic Ocean side holding most of the fish.  Try using a sink tip if you plan on taking a shot at these guys. As the month goes on, more and more Tarpon will start moving through the keys.
With the worm hatch happening any day, look for hungry Tarpon to be gorging themselves and packing the channels between the islands. Hungry Bonefish and Permit have been seen roaming the flats in good numbers. Many Captains have been reporting the bones fish in very large numbers. Just about any shrimp or small crab pattern if presented right will trigger a strike.
Be sure to keep an eye out for nervous water or wakes pushing across the shallow flats. On days with low light or sun hanging low in the sky, try looking for puffs of mud as well. This is usually a sign of hungry fish digging for food. There will be a lot more boats out on the flats this time of year, so be curious and careful.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

The sailfish bite has come on strong with multiple releases reported by quite a few Captains. Anglers are still finding a mix bag of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna under frigate birds in approximately 200 to 300 feet to the west.

In addition, there have been a lot of Kingfish landed at the end of the bar with a good west tide. We are still seeing a lot of Snapper action in just 60 -100 feet of water.

Big schools of yellow-tail snapper are in easy reach of most boats just off the reef line. Caution should be heeded when venturing off-shore in windy conditions.

As always, we wish you tight lines and fish boat side!

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

CLICK HERE TO: BOOK A FISHING TRIP OR EMAILING US AT Tony@KeyLimey.com

Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report April 25, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

The weather will play a major role in fishing opportunities through the next week with lighter winds finally letting anglers get out. We will have a steady ESE wind all week with just Sunday and Monday bringing higher winds. The last few days have been much better with many Permit and Tarpon being sighted to the west and east of Key West.

We are seeing small pushes of migratory Tarpon on the north side of the keys and in some channels emptying into the Atlantic side as well. The much larger schools of 100+ pound Tarpon have been showing up but just a little slower than years past. Good news is the flats have been steadily producing shots at Bonefish and Big Permit.

Captains are already reporting catches of both Bones and Permit all over the flats. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit. Nervous water, shallow water wakes and even puffs of mud are good signs of Bones and Permit feeding.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

The sailfish bite has come on strong with multiple releases reported by quite a few Captains. Anglers are still finding a mix bag of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna under frigate birds in approximately 200 to 300 feet to the west.

In addition, there have been a lot of Kingfish landed at the end of the bar with a good west tide. We are still seeing a lot of Snapper action in just 60 -100 feet of water.

Big schools of yellow-tail snapper are in easy reach of most boats just off the reef line. Caution should be heeded when venturing off-shore in windy conditions.

As always, we wish you tight lines and fish boat side!

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

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Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report March 30, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

Spring is finally here and our waters have warmed up nicely! Spring winds will come and go, so picking the right day to fish will be something everyone needs to pay attention to.

Expect the winds on Wednesday and Thursday to be pushing 30mph. A good day to plan something else. Other than those days we have a at least 10 days of very favorable weather ahead.

Some larger migratory Tarpon have already started showing and migrating through the lower keys.  Most have been rolling in deeper channels just off the flats. Try using a sink tip if you plan on taking a shot at these guys. As the month goes on, more and more Tarpon will start moving through the keys. We are still a good few weeks away from the larger schools.

With the water temps back up, we could see them anytime. Hungry Bonefish and Permit have already been seen roaming the flats for tasty crabs and shrimp. Just about any shrimp or small crab pattern if presented right will trigger a strike. Be sure to keep an eye out for nervous water or wakes pushing across the shallow flats.

On days with low light or sun hanging low in the sky, try looking for puffs of mud as well. This is usually a sign of hungry fish digging for food. The March Merkin Permit Tournament has come and went with many fish being landed. It was a much better year than the last one. This could a good sign of a great Permit season this year!

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

Moving out to the reef line has continued to bring many large schools of Yellow Tail snapper. Small hooks and 8-10lb. fluorocarbon is a must to get the larger flag size to bite.

Bottom fishing in deeper water offshore has produced many Mutton snapper bites as well. Bouncing buck tail jigs or dropping live bait over live bottom will get you a chance at one of these brutes. Offshore stills is full of live bait which is keeping the Sail fishing, hot.

There are still a lot of Tuna around too. Look for these guys in deeper water from 200-400ft. Good weed lines and feeding birds will point you in the right direction. Most guides fishing from Sankey lighthouse all the way to the west end of the Bar are finding fish. Grouper season is just a month away, so get ready!!!

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

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Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report March 12, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

Spring is just around the corner and our waters have already started warming up! Winds will start to ramp up, so picking the right time to get out will be tricky.

Some larger migratory Tarpon have already started showing up. Most have been rolling in deeper channels just off the flats. Try using a sink tip if you plan on taking a shot at these guys.

As the month goes on, more and more Tarpon will start moving through the keys. We are still a good few weeks away from the massive schools of giant females. But with the water temps on the rise, we could see them anytime.

Hungry Bonefish and Permit have already been seen roaming the flats for tasty crabs and shrimp. Just about any shrimp or small crab pattern if presented right will trigger a strike.

Be sure to keep an eye out for nervous water or wakes pushing across the shallow flats. On days with low light or sun hanging low in the sky, try looking for puffs of mud as well. This is usually a sign of hungry fish digging for food.

Book a Flats Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

Offshore continues to produce a lot of Black fin tuna in our area. The abundance of bait just off the reef line has continued to bring larger fish closer in.

Sailfish are also in full swing with captains reporting hook-ups in 200-300 feet of water just outside the color change. Even though it is a little early to see schools of dolphins showing up, captains are reporting their presence now as well. Most have been in small groups moving up and down packed weed lines just outside of the reef line.

Remember to keep an eye out for feeding birds as this will be an area of bait with feeding fish.

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

CLICK HERE TO: BOOK A FISHING TRIP OR EMAILING US AT Tony@KeyLimey.com

Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy

Key West Fishing Report February 22, 2022

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Key West Flats Fishing

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Greetings from Key West to our flats fishing in Key West report.

Winds will be back in the mid 20's most of the week. Looks as if our cooler days are behind us the next few weeks.

Windows of opportunity where the weather cooperates will still be around all week. Hungry sharks, jacks, cudas  and sea trout in the back country basins along with Cudas will be your options until water temps rise.

With temps on the rise, Bone fish and Permit will begin to move over the flats looking for food. The winds will make fly casting somewhat difficult. Keep your cast low and side arm style to stay under the winds. Switching to light spin tackle will still give you more shots at fish when the wind kicks up.

Still having a backup plan is necessary in the winter here if you have just a few days to fish.  Finding shelter sides of mangrove islands and fishing for snapper is always an option.

Look for the warmest time of the day with lots of sun if you are going to try any flats. Jacks will also be hungry around bait schools tight to mangrove islands and typically don't mind moderate cold fronts.

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Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

The abundance of bait offshore continue to make fishing hot. A lot of bally-hoo have brought in nice size schools of Tunas, Sailfish and Wahoo.

As usual the wind this time of year make it a little difficult for smaller boats to venture out. Larger boats will keep you dry and make for a much more enjoyable day.

Look for the winds to begin forming nice weed-lines where smaller bait will hold. A good start is just off the reef in 100 to 200 feet of water.

Keep an eye out for feeding birds as well, these guys will be your best sign of feeding fish and bait. The yellow tail snapper bite on the reef continues to be good this time of year as well.

Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

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Reef fishing still continues to be good as more bait shows up. Yellow Tail snapper and grouper will just get better as winter sets in. Although getting out with northern winds will make it difficult. Just remember to boat safe and pay attention to the weather forecast.

Book an Offshore Fishing Trip with Capt, Tony

Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

CLICK HERE TO: BOOK A FISHING TRIP OR EMAILING US AT Tony@KeyLimey.com

Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy


 

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We wish you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters

Visit us weekly to get your Key West Fishing Report!

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Key West Fishing Report From Capt. Tony Murphy