In the temporary absence of Tuna, Sailfish and other bluewater fish we have been catching King Mackerel, Yellowtail Snapper, Amberjack and other assorted reef and wreck dwellers. All of these fish are fine fighters and many of them are delicious eating.
Key West Fishing Reports
More beautiful weather with calm sea conditions over the last week. Very clear water quality and mostly light current has made for difficult fishing on many days- yes sometimes it can be too calm. None the less, we continue to catch King Mackerel, Yellowtail, Grey and Mutton Snapper, some out of season Grouper, various Jack species and a few Tuna and Sailfish.
Sailfishing has improved during the last week, we’ve caught as many as 3 per trip. The Sails have been eating live Goggle eyes fished off a kite or live Ballyhoo slow trolled. We are also catching some large King Mackerel, Mutton Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper
King Mackerel have finally showed up in good numbers. In most years we have a steady bite of Kings beginning around Christmas time, but this year only in the last week have the Kings really moved into our area. We do our Kingfishing with 15lb spinning tackle. The Kings are great fighters on this light tackle. In addition to the Kings there have been some Wahoo around, also Snapper, Amberjack, Tuna and Sailfish
The quality of Key West fishing remains slightly below average at the end of January. King Mackerel which are generally a mainstay of our winter action continue to be scarce. Sailfish are also currently poorly represented in our area. We have had a number of calm days coinciding with a full moon which produced good Wahoo action, there have also been some Blackfin Tuna available. On the reef edge we’ve been catching Yellowtail, Muttons and a few out of season Grouper.
We hope you enjoy these pictures of various fish Caught aboard the SOUTHPAW in the last week. Many of these catches are the product of 4 hour trips. With winds blowing from every direction in the compass rose, each day has offered a new challenge, and of late, we have rarely done the same type of fishing two days in a row.
We extend best wishes for a Happy New Year. Key West Charter Fishing aboard the SOUTHPAW has yielded a mixed bag of fish over the Christmas holidays. We’ve caught a few Sailfish, a few Dolphin, a few Kings, a few Grouper, some snapper and some Cero. Bonita’s, Horse eye Jacks and other assorted members of the Jack Genus have thankfully enlivened several trips. The truth is fishing has been pretty slow of late so we have had to work hard on some days to produce good action. Here are a few good fish caught over the last week.
After a period of almost continous high winds we have been enjoying much better weather this week. The Sailfish bite is very steady with lots of multiple hookups. We have been producing a couple of caught Sails on recent half days along with Dolphin and Tuna. Live Ballyhoo have been the bait of choice. Looking ahead over the next several weeks, I anticipate the Sailfish action to continue to improve because of the amount of Ballyhoo which are congregating on the reef edge.
We have been plagued during the last week with windy conditions. On days when we’ve been able to get out the fishing has been reasonably good. The fish don’t mind rough seas and in fact often bite better when there is a chop on the surface. The Sailfish action has temporarily slowed down although I’m sure it will improve again after our latest cold front. In place of the Sails, we’ve been catching more Dolphin and both Skipjack and Blackfin Tuna. We haven’t done much reef fishing lately but when we have, the Yellowtail Snapper have been consistent.