Key West Fishing Report for November 19, 2019
Almost the end of November here in the Florida Keys and getting into that fall/winter transition time, flats are less crowded and fish are not being pressured so heavily. Cold fronts are starting to move into the Florida keys. The colder water temperatures will start impacting the flats more and more. We will start to see the bigger barracudas running around on the flats and edges of the channels looking for anything they can sink there teeth into. Long and flashy bait-fish pattern work when trying to target these tricky speed demons.
Keep in mind tho as cold fronts come and go water temperatures will rise and the bonefish and permit will find their way back up on the flat. The wahoo bight has picked up the last couple of days around the moon phase. With fish ranging anywhere from 30 to 50lbs, there are many ways to catch wahoo. high speed trolling is one of the most effective ways to target them. Hearing reports of sailfish being caught out in the gulf hopefully start seeing some south winds later on this month which will push the baitfish closer to the reefs, making it a shorter run to find theses elusive fish.
Still finding some Mahi-Mahi around mostly peanuts with the occasional bull in the mix. Trolling skirted ballyhoo and daisy chains are a great way to get them fired up and eating. Also be on the lookout for flocks of bird diving on bait. This is usually a great indication there are fish underneath them feeding as well.
Keep a few spinning rod ready to pitch a bait once you hook one. With colder water temperatures approaching bait will start making there way into the keys. Once the bait shows up Tuna are not far behind. These fish can be targeted on spinning outfits and fly rods giving angler an amazing opportunity to target them.
They don’t make bad table fair either which is a huge bonus. The Reef bite has been picking up. Plenty of Red Grouper and Mutton Snapper around. The Yellowtail snapper bite has been great as usual, and makes for great table fare.
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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