Author: Flying Fish Charters
March Key West Fishing Report
Hey everybody, hopefully, your staying warm up on the mainland, temperature is currently in the 60’s here in Key West. The cold front arrived here on Saturday morning and changed up some of the fishing we’ve had here around key West. On the brightside, this front is great for the offshore fishing, which was starting to slow up late last week. We haven’t really had a good sailfish run yet in the lower keys, but hopefully this front brings them in. Also, the tuna bite started slowing down, but this front should get them fired back up.
Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico was excellent before the front, but it’s the last place you want to be when the cold front hits. The blackfin tunas have been around the shrimp boats and as usual, there are plenty of bonitas and sharks around the shrimp boats as well. The gulf wrecks, have had kingfish, cobia and some big mangrove and lane snappers. There have also been big schools of jack crevalles, hanging around the wrecks. They may not be good eating fish, but they they fight incredibly well, especially when they’re bigger than 20lbs. The weather in the middle of the week looks nice, I would wait until then before heading back out there.
Fishing in the backcountry has been excellent. Although, the tarpon were eating well before this front, but they will most likely be shut down for a few days now. They don’t like the temperature drop. Fishing for barracudas on the flats has been great and that should still be good throughout the week. If you want to get on the flats the next couple days, check the south side of the keys for barracudas. The barracudas don’t mind the drop in temperature and you can find protection from the wind on the Atlantic side. I like casting light spinning rods for the barracudas. I spool the reel with 20lb Bullbuster Braid and I use a small section of 20lb Bullbuster Monofilament as a shock leader, before my wire leader. Fishing the basins in the backcountry continues to be excellent, there is plenty of action if your looking to get out on the water and bend some rods.
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