Key West Flats Produce Nice Size Bonefish

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This week's Key West Fishing Report has that the flats have continued to produce some nice size bonefish and few permit as well. Many anglers have sighted small schools of permit tailing in the skinny water early, while slipping into deeper water later in the afternoon. The water temperatures have been averaging around 87, but we do have a cold front approaching us this Sunday with high winds. It looks to stick around for a few days, so the flats could be challenging until the front passes. Winds will be around 18-29 mph while front is here, so stay tight to mangrove tree lines and fish the leeward side for some good shelter. Jacks, Cudas, Snapper and some small Tarpon still make for a fun day with these windy conditions. Good news is the water temps should drop enough to really boost the back country fishing next week!

Early morning fishing has been the best time to get the fish to eat over the past week due to very warm water later in the day. We are still finding juvenile Tarpon over the turtle grass flats east of Key West. The offshore bite has also been good the last few days. Captains have been catching a few Mahi; some have weight up to 15 pounds. Anglers have also found some black fins under frigate birds in approximately 200 to 300 feet. In addition, there have been a lot of bonitos landed at the end of the bar with a good west tide. Stone Crab season is here so be aware of all the trap buoy’s while moving about. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat side; complements from the staff at The Saltwater Angler! We hope you have enjoyed our Key West Fishing Report!

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