Author: Flying Fish Charters
August Fishing In Key West
Hey Everyone, welcome back to the lower keys fishing report. It’s starting to feel like dog days of summer around Key West; a lot of hot weather and light winds. Fishing has slowed up this past week too. The offshore fishinghas not been great, there have been a few chicken dolphin around, but the dolphin bite overall has been mediocre. Always be looking for weed lines and other floating debris when you go offshore, that kind of stuff can make your day. There were a few wahoo caught around this past full moon, but I would think that will only get worst as we get away from the moon.
The reef fishing this past week was difficult. The mangrove snapper has died out, but the spawn is not over, so it should pick up again any day now. If you do go out there, make sure you have some good live baits and drop them to the bottom, that is what the big mangrove snappers will eat. The fishing on the offshore wrecks has been better recently, there are still plenty of amberjacks and bonitas around, but the we are starting to see more blackfin tunas. The mutton snappers have been biting on the wrecks too.
The backcountry fishing has been much better than the offshore and reef fishing. We haven’t seen too many big tarpon around, but there is still some juvenile tarpon chasing small bait schools around the mangroves. This is a great time of year to target bonefish and permit on the flats. If you targeting bonefish, small jigs tipped with live shrimp will work best for them. If your targeting permit, use a small hook, baited with a small live crab. Both of these fish can be super finicky, so make sure your moving slow and try to make as little noise as possible as you approach them. It is also important to you light leaders when you are targeting these fish, like 20lb Bullbuster fluorocarbon.
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