Sight casting for Sailfish remains strong along the reef edge in Key West. Large schools of ballyhoo congregating around the shallow patch reefs at the edge of the drop off have attracted hords of Sailfish, Yellow Jacks, Cero’s and even Dolphin and Tuna to the shallow waters atop the reef. We caught 2 sails and had a 3rd on today in only an hour and a half of sight fishing this morning. Sailfishing is the best its been in many years. Todays catch also included a 10lb Mutton on 15lb spin, a second Mutton of 4 or 5 lbs, a bunch of Cero Mackeral and a Kingfish.
Monthly Archives: January 2008
Last week we fished the Reef Cup up at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. Fishing was spotty, we raised and caught a few Sails slow trolling but saw no showering fish, we wished we were back in Key West! Yesterday back in Key West, we returned to the “Grouper Bar” and caught a couple 20lb Kings along with Black tip Sharks, Jacks and throw back Red Grouper. A fairly strong Cold front has now arrived so fishing is on hold until the weather improves. This Front should drive more fish our way.
Fishing in Key West remains excellent. The sailfish are still showering Ballyhoo on the reef edge, particularly in the morning. On both 1/9 and 1/10 we caught 4 Sails each morning. We also had schoolie dolphin and a couple of Blackfin Tuna in the deeper water between Sailfish showers. The King Mackerel fishing is also red hot. The “Grouper Bar” in the Gulf has been the spot for fish averaging 20lbs.