Author: Flying Fish Charters
October Key West Fishing Report
Cold Fronts Can Make The Difference
Well we just got our first cold front of the year in Key West, the temperature has dropped into the upper 60’s at night. The fishing in the lower keys has been great leading up to the front, but this will mix things up. Getting on the water may be difficult over the next couple days as another cold front is supposed to arrive and heavy rain and wind are in the forecast. If you can get on the water, the blackfin tunas started showing up on the wrecks offshore and this north wind is great for tuna fishing. There may even be some sailfish that start to show up offshore this month if the wind stays out of the northeast.
We Have Been Making It Out To The Reef
The reef fishing has been good and you can get a good variety of fish in the winter. The ballyhoo, have been thick around the reef and mackerel and other predators are around chasing them. I like to use double hook hook wire rigs, when I am fishing live ballyhoo for the kingfish. Medium size spinning gear, spooled with a few hundred yards of 30lb Bullbuster braided line will work great. Make sure you have a lot of line on your reels, big kingfish can take a lot of line in a hurry. The patch reef fishing usually turns on as the temperature drops. Large mutton snappers and grouper tend to move into the shallower, cooler water. When the wind is blowing hard from the north and you cannot make it out to the main reef line; the inshore path reefs offer protection from the wind and quality fish.
Back Country Fishing Continues To Produce
The backcountry fishing was excellent again this week, but as the temperature continues to drop, things will change. The bonefishing was good this week, but most likely it will slow up with the colder weather. The barracudas like the colder weather and they will become more active in the shallows. Fishing in the basins will become more productive, schools of jack crevalles will be chasing bait and trout will show up in the mud slicks. Fishing the basins may be a good idea this weekend, the heavy winds will make it difficult on the open water. The basins will offer some protection from the wind and you can stay busy catching fish.
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