Here comes another trip around the back side of winter and now spring is just about upon us. I bet you would not have known it was even winter time here in Key West, but thats another conversation. However, everywhere else in pretty much Northern America is about to welcome a break from cold weather and hopefully maybe some folks will get a chance to come to Key West and enjoy a thawing out and maybe some great fishing. The action has been starting to heat up as well. Just like clockwork the Blackfin Tuna bite in the Lower Keys has been pretty consistent with some nice fish in the 20 to 25 pound range being caught regularly. Live baiting and trolling have been working well to catch these tasty balls of muscle. Along with the Tuna we have been seeing Sailfish starting to move through as well. Most of the massive schools of Ballyhoo have move off of the reef and has made the Sailfish more regular ly targeted in deeper waters from 100 to 250 feet of depth. We have been getting bites by live bait fishing with Threadfin, Pilchards, and Scad baits. As far as the bottom bite is concerned, that is pretty much all snappers with Grouper season closed for another 2 months, Yellowtail and Mutton Snappers pretty much are the main target when fishing the bottom. On the Gulf side of the Keys, the fishing has been very good as well with great action from Cobia, Jacks, and monster Kingfish in the 30 to 40 pound range.
If you are looking for a warm place to come thaw out for Spring Break, then Key West is the place to be. 80 degrees and sunny everyday should be enough to get you excited, but the fishing will get you REALLY excited!!