It is mid April and the wind and water conditions have come together as they so often do this time of year to produce the ideal situation for catching migrating Sailfish, along with many other species including Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, and Cobia. Strong east current flowing into an east or southeast wind creates the situation where these fish get up on the surface and swim down sea. Combined with a distinct edge where green in shore water meets blue offshore water and mingles to produce “powder” colored water is where the action takes place. We have been catching our fish with the use of live baits fished off kites and also on sunny days by riding up and down the color change sight casting to fish swimming on the surface. We have been seeing 20 to 30 Sailfish a day during the last week. With our tuna tower, nimble manuverability, and over sized live wells, the SOUTHPAW was built for this.
Key West Fishing Reports
We have been catching a little bit of everything over the course of the last 10 days. This is a transitional time of year and our catch reflects that. Some days we’ve been catching Snapper, Grouper and Kings on the reef edge, other days we’ve been trolling the blue water for Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.
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.
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.