Summer Time is Key West Fishing Fun Time

August is closing out with signs of the fall transition that is on the horizon. A bit of blustery weather and a few rain showers managed to knock the temperatures down closer to the 70s than we have seen for a while here in Key West. Although we still have plenty of days of heat and humidity left before the cold fronts start rolling through, the turnover in the water and dropping temps in the shallows are sure to bring on some good Backcountry and Flats fishing in September and October.

We are coming up to some of the best fishing days of the year for those who would like to get out on uncrowded water and go for a Grand Slam on the Flats. The Bonefishing has been perfect the past few weeks, with near-windless conditions, clear water, and plenty of fish around offering a good set up for fly fishermen. Permit have also been plentiful on the flats, and the channels and basins have been producing the occasional resident juvenile Tarpon. With an unusual number of Snook being taken, and the usual Jacks, Barracuda, and Sharks, the Backcountry has been providing a great alternative to the slower and farther offshore action that comes to the deep water during the hot days of August.

The deep sea fishing can be good this time of year if you are willing to invest a full day on a 20-30 mile run offshore. It takes some patience, but there is the potential for White Marlin, Wahoo, and big Mahi Mahi out there. Speaking of Dolphin, this has been a strong year for these fish. The east bound current has kept running steady, turning the surface waters and keeping them cooled down so the fish stay near the surface. There has also been a lot of sea weed out there. The Gulf Stream ran close in all month, and with a light southeast breeze, the Sargasso Weed has been thick and forming long drift lines. The thousands of species of small marine life that inhabit the weed lines draw the Mahi in and hold them, and many charter trips have been producing near non-stop action on Dolphin in the 5-40 lb. range.Key West Fishing

Better yet, with the constant current, new patches of weed drift in every day, bringing unfished schools of Dolphin along with Wahoo and White Marlin. Normally, August is the time for small schoolie Dolphin, but this year we have been seeing many fish in the 30 lb. plus range coming into the docks. There has also been some solid offshore action on the big schools of Skip jack and Blackfin Tuna that can be found under the wheeling flocks of sea birds looking to get in on some chopped up bait fish.

Inshore on the reefs, the Snapper bite was hot on the new moon. Mangrove, Mutton, and Yellowtail Snapper were all hitting hard. Big Yellowtail in the 3-5 lb. range have been coming off the shallow reefs, and the Mangrove Snapper spawn produced many limits of these delicious fish. With live bait and a captain who knows the spots, during the spawn you could expect to boat 5 and 6 pound fish when you got into a school of Mangroves. It makes for a lot of fun on light tackle fishing and some beautiful sacks of filets to take home. With the end of the spawn in the last weeks of the month, the Mangroves are migrating back into the Backcountry channels and will offer plenty of good action fishing there.

Take advantage of the low season discounts, uncrowded conditions, and calm waters to come down Key West fishing. You can beat the heat with early morning half-day trips and get into some great multi-species action fishing in the Backcountry and on the reefs and wrecks. And don’t forget the awesome Shark fishing that is happening this time of year. Come on down and see what’s biting.