Fishing Report:

Fall Fishing Around Key West

Author: Flying Fish Charters

Fall Key West Fishing Report

Key West Fishing

Fall fishing is in full swing around Key West.  As the temperature drops, the fishing can change for the better.  The offshore bite has really picked up over the past week or so.  The tuna bite around the wrecks offshore has been fantastic.  They have been eating live baits really well, but if your having trouble finding baits, they have also been eating vertical jigs. 

Sailfish Jumping

The sailfish have begun to show up in the lower keys and with more cold fronts coming next week, the bite may be getting better.  I prefer to use live baits for sailfish, whether it is ballyhoo, goggle eyes or pilchards, they all can work great.  Depending on the size of the bait, you can drift them, slow troll them or fly them out on kites.  While fishing wrecks on the Gulf or Atlantic side, keep a bait out for cobia. They will eat any kind of live bait and they can be on the surface next to the boat or they can be all the way on the bottom.

Flats Fishing In The Keys

The fall fishing in the backcountry has been awesome as well, this is the time of year to target bonefish or permit.  I like fishing the bonefish on the outgoing tide, we have been seeing them on either tide, but the outgoing has been best.  Using small bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp, should get you hooked up pretty quick.  I like using live crabs on a small j hook for the permit.  I typically use 10-20lb fluorocarbon leaders depending on the weather conditions and water clarity.  It is always a good idea to bring wading boots when you head out in the backcountry.  We have had plenty of shots at fish from the boat, but have seen more that we have to wade to.        Hope you enjoyed my fishing report!

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