Key West Fishing Report October 30, 2023
Current fishing information from Key Limey Charters
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Cooler weather has finally reached us down in the lower keys. With the temperature drop, the flats will be on fire as fish move in to feed over the back country. Unfortunately, we will have some rough winds by end of the week. With gust hitting the high 20’s. Fall and winter can bring some swirly winds occasionally.
The Bone fishing has continued to be on fire. With the cooler waters on the flats, mid-day fishing can continue as the water temps will encourage all day feeding.
Many captains and anglers are reporting a large number of fish to the west and north of Key West. With hot mid-day waters giving way to ideal temperatures, anglers can find more time to target these “Ghosts” of the shallows.
The Permit have been sporadic much of the summer. Most Captains are still reporting good numbers of Permit, but they have been hit or miss on most days. Being at the right place and time and ready with a good crab fly is key.
Juvenile Tarpon have been quite active this early fall too. With the cooler water comes a lot of bait into the flats. Cudas, Jacks and Sharks are all great targets this time of year as well.
Whether you are on fly or spin, these brutes of the flats can be your best shot sometimes as the water temps approach the mid 70’s.
With the large influx of bait this time of year, reef fishing can be spectacular as snappers, grouper, and other species all move in after the abundant bait.
Just outside of the reef line in deeper water, look for late summer Dolphin, and “smoker” King Mackerel to be cruising along the deeper ledges hungry as well.
The Tuna and Wahoo bite have been very active as well. Just remember a live well full of fresh bait is always the key to catching Tuna this time of year.
Blackfin tuna also makes for a great challenge on fly too!
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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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