Author: Flying Fish Charters
October Key West Fishing Report
We have finally been able to get out and fish more this past week and the fishing has been good around Key West, both inshore and offshore. There has been some dolphin offshore, we were out early in the week and we found a nice color change with a weed line and other debris on it. There were plenty of mahi mahi and skip jack tunas out there. We were live bait fishing with pilchards and it worked well. I like using medium size spinning gear when I’m live baiting mahi. Strong offset j hooks with a long leader of 40lb Bullbuster Fluorocarbon work well for me. The most important thing to do when you’re in a school of mahi is to always keep one fish hooked up and in the water. That way the rest of the school will stay with the hooked fish and you can keep bailing on more dolphin.
The reef fishing has been consistent as well. The water on the reef has been super dirty and there has been a lot of current. Most likely the current will slow up as we move away from this full moon. A couple days ago we had a good yellowtail snapper bite and the fish were good size. There was lot of other life on the reef like yellowjacks, cobia, mutton snapper, barracudas and red grouper. Dead bait, like bonita chunks works well on the reef, but having live bait like pilchards is usually best.
Backcountry fishing has been excellent since the storm past. There have been a lot of small tarpon around and they have been eating well. We have been fishing close to the mangroves a lot recently, to hide from the breezy weather we had last weekend and the early part of this week. Mostly, we were live bait chumming with pilchards. We caught a lot of tarpon, sharks, jacks, snappers and even a few snook, which there are not many of around Key West. The wind is up again right now, but the forecast for the weekend and next week looks nice with a lot less wind and sunny weather. Make sure you book your trip to the lower keys and get out on the water, we are up and running and ready to go fish.
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