Author: Flying Fish Charters
Fishing Report; Wahoo, Kingfish, Mackerels, Tuna.
Hey Everyone, we’ve had a super breezy week here in the lower Florida Keys. However, if you can withstand the wind and make it out fishing, it has been well worth it. The January full moon can be one of my favorite times of year to fish offshore around Key West. The tuna bite has been really good around the Atlantic side wrecks. Usually, the evening time is the best time to get the tunas, either trolling or on pilchards. The wahoo bite has been fantastic as well. We caught a couple wahoo on a charter earlier in the week and missed a few more good bites. My preference is to use larger spinning set ups when I am fishing for them. I keep my reels spooled with 30lb Bullbuster Braid and I use a FG knot to connect 5 feet of 40lb Bullbuster Fluorocarbon. At the end of my fluorocarbon, I attach a swivel and small section of wire to a double hook rig. Normally, I go with a J hook on the front of the fish and a treble hook stinger. I was using live blue runners for bait that day, but any kind of larger live bait can work well. There have been some sailfish around this week, mostly in shallower water, spraying bait on the reef. The kingfish and cero mackerels have also been close to the reef chasing the ballyhoo schools.
Mutton, Porgy, Hogfish.
When we haven’t been making it offshore, we have been fishing the rock piles and patch reefs inshore. There have been some big mutton snappers on the patch reefs. Also, there have been a lot of different types of bait around recently too. The muttons will eat live pilchards, but if you can get some ballyhoo, whether in a cast net or on a sabiki rig, drop them to the bottom, big muttons love to eat ballyhoo. The red grouper bite has been good around the patch reefs, although you cannot keep them, they are still fun to catch. Also, this time of year, shrimp can be really effective around the rock piles. This past week we had a great porgy bite on shrimp. Live shrimp worked best, but frozen stuff was working good as well. Besides porgies, were catching snappers and hogfish on the shrimp. My typical set up for the patch reefs is with lighter spinning gear. I usually have 20lb Bullbuster Braid, with a 5ft leader of 20lb Bullbuster Fluorocarbon. I fish different size pink banana jigs from 1.5oz to 1/4oz, tipped with all the types of aforementioned baits, and I drift them back in the current.
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