Lots of wind, lots of ugly rainy days over the last several weeks. We are finally getting some cold weather which should, over time improve our fishing. There has been no “go to” fishing recently. King Mackerel which we can generally depend on this time of year have been fairly scarce. Blue water fishing has been slow as well, conditions have looked good with a pronounced color change and strong east current outside the reef edge but on many days that area hasn’t yielded many bites. We’ve done pretty well catching big Yellowtail on a number of days and added a little of this and a little of that to make up a catch.
Monthly Archives: January 2016
Catching fish has been hard work of late, owing mainly to unseasonably warm water. By remaining flexable about tactics and well prepared to try a whole variety of techniques during the day we have continued to produce some nice catches even in this tough fishing environment. Dead bait trolling, live bait drifting, and anchoring and chumming have all played a role.
Unseasonably warm weather continues to be the main story with regard to Key West fishing. As we move into January and what should be the heart of winter time fishing, two species which we count on this time of year are notably absent or here in greatly reduced numbers- Sailfish and King Mackerel. In both cases it seems that there are good numbers of both of these fish located north of us in the case of Kings and East of us in the case of Sailfish. Both of these migratory fish will stay in their comfort zone until cooler water temps force them in our direction.
Blackfin Tuna have been around in reasonable numbers along with gaffer Dolphin and a few Wahoo. The reef action has been steady for Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Cero, and Black and Red Grouper. Grouper season closed on Jan 1 so for the next several months this will be a catch and release fishery. I have no doubt that when and if cooler weather arrives later in the month we will see some outstanding fishing.