Feb 2, 2013

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February 2  |  Fishing Reports  |   CaptainBrad

Windy weather has been a big issue over the course of the last ten days or so. Our heavy wind kites have been getting a workout. We have lost a number of trips when it was simply too rough to be comfortable. Here in Key West, wind direction as much as velocity plays a key role in how large the sea will be. If the wind direction is out of the north even with high velocity it is generally fishable because the natural lay of the Keys themselves and the outlaying reefs creates a lee and blocks the formation of large waves. Wind directions with any degree of south in them on the other hand blow in from the open ocean and create larger wave heights. Consequently, 15 knots out of the South East is rougher than 25 knots out of the North or North East. One thing we know for certain is that fish tend to bite more aggressively when there is a chop on the water. There are plenty of King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, Mutton Snapper, Black Grouper, Amberjack, Yellowtail, and Cero biting. Also lots of aggresive shark species. “Action” fishing remains strong, Sailfishing continues to be slow with only the occasional Sail hooked.

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