Author: Flying Fish Charters
Fishing in Key West!
We had another awesome week of fishing here in Key West, Florida. The weather over the last couple days hasn’t been great, but earlier in the week, we had light north wind and the tuna bite was really hot offshore. For the most part I was targeting them later in the afternoon and evening time with live pilchards. I prefer to use medium size spinning gear on the tunas, my reels are spooled with 30lb Bullbuster braid and I like using long 30lb Bullbuster fluorocarbon leaders with small circle hooks. I target tunas around offshore wrecks in depths from 150 – 300 feet so a lot of other types of fish will eat these live baits too. This past week while we were tuna fishing, we caught a sailfish, plenty of amberjacks and jack crevalles, barracudas and we dropped baits to the bottom and caught a couple mutton snappers.
We have spent the last couple days targeting permit on fly in the backcountry. We have seen a lot of permit on the flats and we had some great opportunities, but we couldn’t find any cooperative fish. We also saw a lot of barracudas on the flats; they were lethargic and not interested in our lures. I would think they eat a little better this weekend once the temperature cools off. Also, with the north wind this weekend, fishing the basins may be a good idea, look for the mud slicks and fish for trout, snappers, jacks and other species.
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