Key West Fishing Report August 14, 2023
Current fishing information from Key Limey Charters
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Weather this week will make a slight change from the last month with some heavier winds and a few thunder showers popping up toward the weekend. Heat is still a concern when fishing the flats mid-day, as the water temperature will spike enough to push fish deeper. Try working the edge of the flats where cooler water pushes in from the channels.
Targeting bonefish is still red-hot with many captains having multiple release days. Lighter shrimp patterns from pink to light tan work great for those shadowy ghosts. Bonefish will take smaller crab patterns as well just in case you are chasing Permit too.
The Permit fishing has been slow this summer. Most captains presume the heat over the shallows has kept them from cruising over the flats lately. Early morning and late day have been the best times to see permit, or even get a shot at them.
When fish are scarce on the flats try working closer to the mangroves. These areas can be cooler with snook and jacks feeding under the branches on bait. Some Tarpon are being found very early in the morning with most on the Atlantic side of Keys.
The offshore dolphin bite has been slow lately compared to other years. Captains and anglers are finding quite a few schools of smaller dolphin in deeper water 5-10 miles off the reef. Larger bulls and cows have been reclusive this summer so far.
A mix bag of Bonita and king mackerel have also been running along the reef line pushing over the seamounts just offshore. As usual the yellowtail snapper fishing is very good, especially those with the most chum!
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Capt. Tony Murphy
Captain Tony Murphy has been fishing for a living in the waters off Key West for more than 28 years, including 5 years of commercial fishing with rods and reels targeting Snapper, Groupers and Kingfish.
Commercial fishing experience is essential for a true fishing guide. There are many light tackle guides to choose from and you'll find that most successful guides have backgrounds in commercial fishing.
Capt. Tony is also a very patient captain and loves to teach beginner anglers. From the seasoned fisherman to families with children, all levels of experience are welcome.
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