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Key West Fishing Report for May 18, 2017

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

Key West Flats Fishing

Light winds and warm weather continue to be the report from Key West. The migratory Tarpon are here and moving key west fishing charters with capt tony murphythrough the lower keys, with reports of large schools both east and west of Key West. Many have been a little finicky so far, but the large schools make up for picky fish giving lots of chances for a hook-up. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. Most hook ups on spin have been with live baitfish or crabs. Bone fish and Permit have been very active on the flats lately. The afternoon bite has been the best for finding Permit feeding. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.

Key West Offshore Fishing

Offshore, many large Dolphin are being caught under some really nice packed weed lines. With Wahoo, Dolphin and plenty of Mackerel out beyond the reef-line,  planning a trip offshore could be surprising and rewarding!  Its the time of year where we start to see large schools of young Dolphin prowling weed lines offshore. This brings in a lot of larger Pelagic species as well. Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle too. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet.  Grouper season opened on May 1st., so get the heavy gear ready for excellent tasting table fare. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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Key West Fishing Report for  April 15 2017

Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler.

The Migratory Tarpon have started to move through the Keys. The Atlantic side of the Keys has been the best  place to key west fishing reportlook for larger Tarpon with the deeper channels just off the flats holding Juveniles. The closer we get to May, you'll be able to look for the big ones on both sides of the Keys. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. We will have a small cold front move through the week-end, so back country fishing for Bonefish and Permit could be tough. Keep this in mind if planning on coming down the next 4-5 days.

Offshore continues to produce many Blackfin tuna and Bonita's. We are in the height of Sailfish season, so planning a trip offshore could be great! Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle as well. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet.  Grouper season opens in just a few weeks, so get the heavy gear ready. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

Key West Offshore Fishing

The Yellow tail fishing has been great just outside the reef line. Dolphin fishing has been sporadic this season. With most being found further out than normal. Nice size Tunas are also still being caught west toward the end of the Key West bar. It also has been a great year for Blue Marlin too. We’ve had many reports of 300-400 lb. releases all up and down the Keys. As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

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Key West Fishing Report for January 2017

Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler!

Key West Flats Fishing

Moderate winds out of the ENE for the next few days will make for a great window of fishing opportunity. Then New Year's Eve we are expecting a pretty significant cold front coupled with high winds to move in for a few days. Things will slow down in the back country as our typical winter weather patterns kick in. We are still getting some great reports of Bonefish still being found to the west of Key West. Remember that on the warm days, the flats will warm up and offer some shots at permit even through the winter. Also on the flats, large schools of rays bring with them a wide range of Jacks. Pound for pound the crevalle jack is the hardest fighter on the flats, so hooking up to fish that big is no walk in the park. To the East of us back in the basins Trout and Cudas are finally starting to wake up and feed like normal. Look for the water mixed up with puffs a mud, which should give you a chance at large Jacks or Trout. Sharks, Cudas and Snapper are relatively easy to find drifting over deeper basins in the back country and ledges just off the flats.

Key West Flats Fishing

The Yellowtail snapper fishing will continue to be very good just off the reef in 40-60 feet of water. The Tuna bite has been excellent over the past month and will probably continue as the North winter winds push more and more bait off shore. Many captains are reporting large schools of Tunas both to the east and west of Key West. Loading up the live well with fresh bait is the key to success for Tuna. Remember keeping a rod loaded with your favorite top water plug on a wire leader could reward you with a chance at a Wahoo or Kingfish! Remember that Grouper season is coming to a close January 1st. Jigging with live or cut bait can really put you into a fight with one of these brutes!  As always...tight lines and fish boat side!!!

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