What? Polar Vortex? Yeah Right!! With highs in the mid to upper 70’s, and lows around the upper 60’s Key West has had anything but Polar Vortex conditions. If I remember correctly our lowest temperature this year has been 55 degrees. “Sunny and 75″ I’m pretty sure is how the song goes. This beautiful weather is something you should seriously think about coming down to the Florida Keys to take advantage of. Along with this wonderful weather has been some great fishing as well.
Right now the reef is covered with an abundance of bait and predators alike. Ballyhoo have been in very large schools bringing with them a following of Cero Mackerel, Kingfish, Barracuda, Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Crevalle Jacks, and Grouper. Although Grouper season is shut down for the next few months that still doesn’t stop these fish from putting up a great tussle before being released. Fresh north to northeast breezes have kept all these reef dwelling fish very active and feeding regularly. Look for bait showers as the bait fish get chased up out of the water. These are great spots right now for some killer action.
The Bluewater BITE!
Now were talking some bluewater, east bound current, and line ripping, drag screaming fishing! Right now the water temperature is in the high 70’s. The gulf stream is in tight to the edge of the drop off and with it have brought some great catches. This east bound current flow has brought large amounts of Flying Fish with it. Down to the southwest of Key West, the bite has been very good with Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo from 100 to 300 feet of water. This unusually warm winter current flow has also been responsible for a handful of nice Mahi Mahi as well. Trolling, and/or live baiting have both been producing very good catches for our clients. The last few days we have had numerous Blackfin Tuna bites toward the afternoon and evening, and some really big Wahoo as well. The Sailfish bite has not been extremely hot as it normally is this time of year, but have no fear there still have been a few around. Our expectation of these majestic sport fish is they aren’t too far away from showing up in great numbers very soon.
If you want to get away for a few days, thaw out from the extreme cold you are enduring, and catch the fish of a lifetime, make your plans to get to Key West… And let us take care of the rest!!