Fishing Report:

Weekly Fishing Report 2/23

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.


" I drift small jigs back in the chum slick, tipped with live pilchards, chunks of bonita, or chunks of threadfin herring."

Fishing the reef has been decent this past week.  The yellowtail bite has been inconsistent, but we have caught mutton snappers, porgys, grouper, and kingfish.  When I fish the reef, I usually anchor in area where I am marking fish and I melt a lot ground up chum off the side of the boat.  I drift small jigs back in the chum slick, tipped with live pilchards, chunks of bonita, or chunks of threadfin herring.  This is typically how I catch yellowtails, but other species like mutton snappers and groupers will eat the jigs too.  I use lighter spinning gear when I am doing this, my reels re spooled with 20lb Bullbuster braid and I use long 20lb Bullbuster fluorocarbon leaders.  I always keep a live bait on the surface, way back behind the boat, and I also keep a live bait on the bottom, either on a large jig or on a long bottom rig.


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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