Happy Holidays! Early as it may be for some, the holiday season is right around the corner. But first, tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and a huge thank you goes out to all the men and women who served both at home and abroad in our armed forces. With out these brave men and women our country would not be the same great place it is today. Thank You!!
Another great place today is the warm waters south of Key West. The fall season is in full swing and the same cold front systems that have been dropping temperatures all over have been making a cool appearance in the southernmost point, but have yet to manage to drop more than a few degrees on the thermometer. Highs have still been in the high 70’s and low 80’s which has kept the water temperatures to the same as well. The water temp offshore yesterday was 79 degrees and the fishing has been hot! Strong eastbound currents from the gulf stream have been moving in close to the reef edge pulling with it schools of Ballyhoo. Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, and Mahi have been a constant threat to the Ballyhoo.
This strong push of bluewater generally tends to bring on a good Wahoo bite around the full moon, but as the last few days have been the moons peak, we have not seen many Wahoo yet. Possibly by the next full moon, the migrating Wahoo will arrive. These open ocean fish show up in Key West waters predominately in large numbers during November thru January and follow the large schools of small Little Tunny (Pocket Bonito as we call them).
The bite has been some reel fun lately. The fall fish have started to move through our fertile waters for what is shaping up to be hopefully a good winter fishery. The Mahi have been here in pretty good numbers although this is not usually a typical time of year we see these fish. As the water temperatures drop we will see these fish move out of our waters and begin to head south for the winter. But until that happens we are more than happy to keep catching these tasty fighters. Some of our last few trips have had some nicer fish in the 20 pound range along with a mixed bag of schoolie size fish.
The Blackfin tuna and the Sailfish are becoming the most prevalent we have seen them since last spring. The large amounts of Ballyhoo will be constantly bombarded by these fast and agile predators in the oncoming months. The tuna have been giving us action throughout the day, but early morning and late afternoon and evenings have been the best times to target these fish. Along with the tuna the Sailfish have made the move south, and as the waters cool we should expect to see a plentiful number of these acrobatic fish as well. On a recent afternoon this past week, angler Bruce B. released 2 out of 3 full grown Sailfish while fishing aboard the Outer Limits.
Don’t let the dread of the upcoming winter get you down, come down to Key West and get you some HOT!