Sep 17, 2015

Fall Fishing in Key West

Fall is in full swing here in Key West! #keywest

No doubt about it that the best kept secret for fly anglers is fishing the Keys in the fall. We are talking tarpon, bonefish and big permit! Killer tides mean there are some wade fishing possibilities from a boat and from land.

Nothing is better than hooking a bone or permit while wading in the backcountry of our fabulous Florida Keys.

Offshore fishing can be a little slow this time of year but it's hard to tell. There's mahi-mahi still out there and very soon the blackfin tuna will be stacking up on spots in the Atlantic.

Cold fronts are on the horizon for us here in the Keys. Fall is when we start to cool down a little (thank goodness) and a cold front this time of year is more like a cool front. It will turn the fishing on, then it might get slow for a few days and then it's back to business.

If you are thinking of coming down this fall check out our site for availability on the flats.

Oct 10, 2014

Hot Bite in Key West this October


It's already October! I can't believe it. It seems like the summer just flew by. It's still pretty steamy here in the afternoons but that temperature change is just around the corner.

Deep sea fishing has been pretty good this week. The hot bite lately on the calm days is swordfish. Boats from Key Largo to Key West head out to the depths (and when I say depths I mean 1600 feet!) and set their gear for swordfish.

Check out this video from Bud N' Mary's in Islamorada - video of a sword at 1600 feet!

In our area some of the best guides for Swordfishing are:
Capt. Beau Woods out of Cudjoe Gardens Marina
Capt. Rush Maltz of Odyssea Fishing out of Murray Marina
Capt. Chris Trossett out of Hurricane Hole Marina.

Besides the sword bite the regular charters have been heading out past the reef every day and coming home with blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi. Conditions right now are pretty good for wahoo too and there were a few caught this week.

Wreck fishing for grouper and snapper will only get better as the month goes on. By the time Fantasy Fest and Halloween have past the deep sea fishing will be off the chart good!

Shallow water fishing is great this time of year for permit and bonefish. It's one of the best months to hunt for permit on the flats and the fish that come inshore in October and early November are on the larger size.

Of course there are some tarpon around still but most are resident fish or juveniles.

Sep 18, 2014

Fall-ing for trophy fish in Key West


There's no question that fishing during hurricane season poses a risk of some sort. It could put a big damper on your plans if a named storm was headed towards where you've been day dreaming about for months. There's no guarantee on the weather anyway. Some folks just don't seem to understand they hire a guide, not God.

The best secret about fishing Key West in the Fall months is the crowds are minimal (with the exception of a few festive events), fish are plentiful, and it only gets better as we churn our way through to the holiday season.

For those who are obsessed with permit fishing, here's your sign. The best tides are around the moon. Not to say the fish aren't there anyway but they feed like clockwork in some areas just after the full moon. The feeding frenzy is just in a short window and then back to hunting and pecking for permit instead of finding droves of them feeding in one spot.

Blackfin Tuna off Key West
Bonefish are another top species for the Fall here in the Keys. The good news is after a brutal cold snap in 2010 the bonefish are coming back and they are sticking around. For a while there catching a bonefish was more of a surprise than a target because nobody had seen very many of them. Bonefish are a great flats fish for many reasons. They love shrimp and can smell the scent of shrimp in the water from a mile away. They often move in schools so when they find something to eat there is some competition and they will fight over a bait. They will readily eat a fly for the same reason, competition.

Tarpon are the exception in the Fall months. The big boys have hit the road and moved on in their migratory pattern. Only a few resident tarpon are left behind and they hang out where the food is. You'll find large tarpon for viewing at any of the marinas where there is daily fish filleting.  Tarpon will sit below a filet table like dogs just waiting for a scrap to come flying.  There are juvenile tarpon here and there throughout the backcountry. If you ask your guide it's most likely he knows at least a spot or two to find small tarpon. They are often tucked up under mangrove islands and you might only see them on the falling tide where they come out from under the deep grove of mangrove roots to take a breath.

The offshore fishing can be really good this time of year especially if there is bait around. Finding bait nudged up against the shoreline and getting it early is key. Once you have bait there is a lot of possibility that opens up. Fall is when the blackfin tuna will start to move back into our area. They are pelagic fish but they will hold on a wreck for some time as long as there is something to eat. Tuna never stop moving their entire life and they are always eating. Wahoo, mahi-mahi and sailfish are also great target species and if you feel like bottom fishing there's grouper and snapper to be had too.

For more information on Key West Fishing Charters check out the Key West Fishing Club site.

Apr 29, 2014

Key West Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Fishing Season in Key West

Well here we are at the end of April and the tarpon have finally started swimming on a regular basis! That makes for happy guides, happy anglers and sometimes some heated tempers on the water. I wrote an articles a while back about tarpon etiquette and although most of our Lower Keys guides follow these guidelines, some of the new guides on the block have a few things to learn.

Regardless of the ethics contained within our guiding community, the tarpon fishing has been pretty darn good. Higher than normal winds this weekend made it a more difficult task to hold a boat in the wind while waiting for a string of tarpon to swim on by.

Fly anglers from all over flock to the Keys this time of year. The tug is the drug as they say. And with tarpon it's so true! Fly fishing has not always been my passion. I first endured an epic battle with a 70+ pound tarpon in Key West Harbor. It took an hour or so to land him. It was certain to be one of many, many tarpon I've hooked over the years with conventional tackle.

In Key West Harbor the method of fishing for tarpon is different. Shrimp by-catch is the sought after bait and comes in 50-pound stinky sacks of all sorts of smaller baitfish. In order to get this type of bait you must be in the know with a shrimper or with someone else who knows a shrimper. It's that difficult to get. And it's not cheap either. Figure you'll go through close to an entire bag for a full day of work as a tarpon guide. That's a good $30-$50 off the top.

The by-catch is by far the most effective way to catch tarpon. A slow and steady flow of cut up by-catch along with your special bait that has a hook in it drifts back through the school of tarpon. On a conventional level wind reel the bite can be quite subtle. The line may speed up for just a few seconds. That's when you have to be paying attention and not dreaming about the cuban mix that is in the cooler calling your name.

For conventional fishing a circle hook is quite standard these days for big game fishing. The same goes for tarpon because you want the hook to end up lodged in the corner of their mouth where it is easily removable but will also hold for the duration of the fish fight. The best part about these hooks is you don't set them by yanking hard on the line (although most first timers will do it anyway). Simply reel until you feel the tightness of the line and then you are off to the races.

Regardless if you are fishing with conventional gear or fly fishing, once you hook a tarpon there are a few things you should know about fighting them effectively.

Fight a tarpon effectively

  1. Once the tarpon is hooked and you know he's pulling line away from you, try sticking him a few times to be sure the hook sinks in. A few tugs on the rod will do.
  2. When they jump you must stop reeling and bow forward. Some call it the "Bow to the King" but in essence you are just giving forth a little line so the fish can jump and the hook still stays in tact.
  3. If you have someone with you have them drive towards the fish. In deeper water like Key West Harbor you need to be directly over the fish. This will help break his will sooner than later.
  4. Never let the line go slack. If you are chasing a fish by boat, don't let the boat speed overcome your ability to retrieve line.
  5. Once you get the fish in closer try not to let him get a breath of air. Tarpon are one of the only fish that breath air. They don't need to very often but when you are fighting them on hook and line they seem to get a "second wind" from that breath. Driving the tip of the rod underwater while you watch them come to the surface can prevent this breath or at least limit it.
  6. If the fish zigs, you zag. In other words, if the fish is going right, flip your rod to the left side and pull left so you pull against his mouth. 
  7. Short pumps. Keep the rod tip near the water and use short pumps to get the fish in quickly.
  8. Once you know the fish is ready to be landed and released, leader it and remove the hook. Make sure the tarpon is revived properly by holding it boatside and idle the boat forward. Once the fish is ready he will let you know.

Apr 2, 2014

No April Fools, the fishing is slow

If we only had x-ray vision like Superman and could see into the water and know where all the fish have gone. Some fisherman are scratching their heads and wondering what's going on out on the waters around the Lower Keys. Fishing always has it's ups and downs but something has to be going on that's larger than we know. Tarpon are scheduled to be migrating in the Keys now, after all it's April. That's what it says in the magazine article I read (ha ha). Fish respond greatly to temperature and air pressure and things must not be right as the tarpon and permit are few and far between. Water temps took a little dip late last week so that my have something to do with it. Meanwhile the winds keep blowing and that keeps the visibility at a low for shallow water sight fishing. Of course there are always fish to catch here in the Keys like sharks, barracuda and even the occasional cobia - especially this time of year.

The good news lies in the water just offshore. Tuna, sailfish, wahoo and dolphin are on the menu in the deep sea waters off Key West. April is prime sailfish season here. The ride may be a little bumpy for a few more days but get out there, it's well worth it.

A few other springtime fun tidbits for deep sea fishing are there will be tuna behind the shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico and there will be permit on the patch reefs and wrecks for the month. See springtime is time to make some more permit-time so they head offshore to spawn. Yay for us to go out there and drift over a wreck with a live crab (sorry fly guys this might not work for you purists) and just let that puppy swim down. Some of the biggest permit I've seen are found on these patch reefs and some of the wrecks west of Key West. It's a great experience and can be done in a half day of fishing if that's all you have time for.

Look for things to go off around here very soon, especially the tarpon fishing!

Mar 15, 2014

The Tides of March

Well it's officially mid-March here in the Lower Keys and the trend is a warm one for fishing. We've just had a cold front come through a few days ago knocking the tarpon off track for a few days but I think they will come back swiftly after a day or two of warmer and calmer weather.

The big catch this week will undoubtedly be permit (at least we hope). The March Merkin Permit Tournament is scheduled for March 18-20 in Key West. The tournament this year has 27 anglers and guides competing for the grand champion title. The past few years this tournament has had some bad luck with our Key West weather. Last years event only brought in one fish in 3 days but the weather was just not favorable for permit fishing at all.

Fingers crossed, this year looks a lot better. Warmer, some wind and clear skies is a perfect combination for permit fishing. Permit are a funny creature and are not a full time fish for the flats. They spawn offshore and hang around wrecks and patch reefs int he springtime. Some years they head offshore early, hopefully this is not one of those years.

Other quarry on the flats will once again include tarpon as the water warms back up again. As we head into April they should start swimming good on the ocean. There have also been a fair number of huge barracuda on the flats this week. Many of them were light colored which may indicate they had just arrived from the offshore waters. Once they dwell on the flats for a while they tend to show more spots and a darker back.

Goliath grouper are a fun species to fish for in the winter months. They have been protected for many years now and their numbers have come back tremendously. They are not supposed to be taken from the water even for a photo so try to keep them in the water.

Deep sea fishing has been ok the past week. Most of the action still is taking place in the Gulf. Cobia are here, amberjacks, and lots of kingfish.

Feb 27, 2014

Tarpon Fishing Exceptional in February

Read any sport fishing magazine and it will tell you the prime time for tarpon fishing in Key West is April through June. They are not wrong, the tarpon fishing is terrific during those months. What they don't tell you is it CAN also be really good late January, February, March and well into the summer months.

I wouldn't call the last week of this tarpon bonanza in Key West a fluke, but it doesn't happen every year. The temperatures may be freezing in the better part of the country and while you are all posting your negative temperature numbers in the north, we are sitting pretty in 80 degrees here in the Keys.

I don't want to rub it in but I moved south nearly 18 years ago for a reason! Not everyone can live in paradise but you can certainly hop on a plane and come visit anytime you like.

The air and sea temperatures around the Keys are perfect to keep the tarpon happy. There have been plenty of pushes of fish in the Key West Harbor and on the flats and basins around the Lower Keys. Shark Key, Jewfish Basin and Turkey Basin are a few that hold tarpon this time of the year. There are a few others like Loggerhead but the time for that spot comes later in the spring.

It's early for tarpon, yes, but not too early to learn the etiquette for fishing for them. If you decide to venture out and find the silver king on your own take into account that there are guys around here who earn their living taking people fishing. They've spent time studying the fish, their patterns, the tide, the moon, etc. In other words they have done the homework. Last thing they want is you to come buzzing by in your new flats skiff to see if they are on the tarpon.

Rules for tarpon fishing in and out of tarpon season:

  1. Keep your distance - Always give the guy next to you plenty of room. The saying goes if you can read his boat numbers or read the back of his anglers shirt, you are WAY too close. A safe distance is at least a half mile or more if you have it. This is mainly for fishing shallow water and sight fishing.
  2. Follow the pattern of movement - Some areas have an entry and exit point and some have a prime spot, a secondary spot and so on. You'll know if you are cutting someone off because you'll get reprimanded and might get the "shrug" from the guide. This would be his hands in the air pretty much saying "What the F@ck!" Best practice would be to ask someone ahead of time what the etiquette is or just sit back and watch how it all plays out for a while for yourself.
  3. Don't steal someone's spot - If you see a guide hook a fish and move off to fight it don't go slide into his spot on the flat. Fighting a fish can take an hour sometimes but unless you can make eye contact and ask if it's ok you best be finding a fresh spot for yourself.
  4. Don't promote confrontation on the water - If you have something to say to another angler or guide, ask who they are and call them that evening. Tarpon season can bring on some tremendous pressure for a guide, all they need is someone yelling at them in front of their customer to make things worse.
  5. Be kind to the fish - Tarpon are strong and mighty creatures but after an epic battle with a spinning rod or fly rod the fish is tired. It's a hefty workout for a fish and the fish deserves some time to resurrect itself before being released. Revive the fish and get water moving over it's gills. Run the boat and hold the fish along side while moving forward slowly. You will know when the fish is strong enough to go on it's own. Otherwise you leave that tarpon vulnerable to sharks when it's so tired out it cannot swim away fast enough.
  6. Take your photos with the fish in the water. Tarpon have a bone structure but taking them out of the water is just not a good thing for the fish in general. There are plenty of photos of big tarpon being held up by their mouths. Get out and cradle the fish or just hold it's mouth and give a big smile. It will save the fish from even more unneeded stress.
Our weather pattern seems to be fairly stable and warm so it's safe to say the tarpon will be sticking around for another week or so. They hate the north wind but once the wind direction changes they become happy again. 

Head out early to catch the fish rolling in channels and the basins. A black or darker fly works great in the early morning. For the bait casters, a large crab or pinfish on a cork is perfect for low light, early morning or evening tarpon fishing.

Feb 15, 2014

Permit Fishing West of Key West

Fishing Report for February is nothing short of great. It's mid-February and while most of the nation is at a standstill because of their weather, we've got it pretty nice here in Key West for a change. One nasty front just came through and dropped the temperature quite a bit. Thankfully the fish didn't seem to mind and things are happening on the Key West flats and deep sea fishing too.

The Marquesas Keys are 22 miles west of Key West Harbor. The area is an atoll shaped in the form of a donut it you could look at it on Google Earth. It's a special place set apart from the every day boat traffic around Key West and there are fish there .... all the time.

Lately the permit have been doing their thing and coming up into the shallows to feed on crabs and shrimp on the flats. That's great for those of us with fly fishing rods on hand. Permit are one of the most sought after saltwater fish to catch on a fly rod. And it's not easy. In fact, last year's March Merkin Permit Tournament only ONE fish was caught. That says something when 28 anglers and guides have three days to catch these black tailed devils and one person got it done.

Anyway, I don't mean to get you down because once you catch your first one, you are hooked for life! Saltwater fly fishing will never be the same, ever!

Our water temps didn't go down all that much with the latest front so there won't be much time before the tarpon are happy, happy, happy again. Tarpon fishing is usually better when the temperature of the water is 75 degrees or more. Oh and wind from the north, they hate it. Ask any fishing guide around here and he'll tell you a north wind is like the plague when you need to catch a tarpon.

Offshore fishing is always good in the winter in Key West. Top of the list for species is tuna and wahoo. These fish are located in concentrated areas offshore and are usually around some sort of structure. The Sub and the End of the Bar are two areas west of Key West that hold these fish during the winter months, and nearly all year. Other species you might run into while deep sea fishing are mahi-mahi, kingfish or king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, mutton snapper and grouper.

Backcountry Fishing Guides
Capt. Peter Heydon

Capt. Steve Hancock

Deep Sea Fishing
Capt. Vinny Argiro
Heavy Hitter

Oct 20, 2013

Deep Sea Fishing in Key West in October

Key West sailfish deep sea fishing
Key West sailfish
Key West weather has been stellar this week! Some of the best weather of the year is in the fall months and this week proves it. The deep blue sea has been kind to us offering up some nice football size tunas and skipjacks on the deeper wrecks and west of Key West on the sub. Although the action on these spots was better earlier in the week, an evening bite is still an option. With the full moon the fish do a lot more feeding at night making them dormant during the high daylight hours.

On the reef the action stays consistent with some flag yellowtail and some grouper. As the water temps cool off a bit grouper will move into more shallow spots making them a little easier target species. Keep in mind that come the new year grouper will be closed to harvest for recreation (and I think commercial too) until May 1st. The closure is during the best grouper fishing months but for a reason.

This week marks the beginning of yet another Fantasy Fest in Key West. This 10 day festival rivals Mardi Gras as far as tradition and adult events are concerned. It's an interesting series of events that include themed parties, Zombie bike ride, pet masquerade contest and a gala of other fun things to do an see around the Duval Street area. Each year there is a theme, this one revolving around Super Heros, Villains and Beyond! For complete info visit Also check out the Florida Keys webcams to see for yourself what really goes on here. Most of it is not suitable for children - only Children's Day which marks the last day of the festival - this year on the 27th of October.

The fishing offshore should stay consistent for a while now. The Outer Limits and Capt. Jay Miller reported a big day with 5 sailfish released and a mahi-mahi. That's terrific and says a lot about the bait supply out on the reef. Where there is bait, there are pelagic fish!

The shallows will stay good too. October is great for permit and bonefish and sometimes you can get some wading opportunities on a low incoming tide. We get out in our backcountry flats often when time permits and the tides are good. Not only is it beautiful but there are lots fish pushing up into the shallows and the beginning of the rising tide.

Apr 3, 2007

Updated Key West Fishing Reports

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Dec 26, 2006

Winter Flats Fishing in Key West

Winter Key West Flats Fishing

Key West weather has not be spectacular the last few days. High winds have plagued the area and our temperatures have dropped a bit making some of the flats species head for deeper water with more stable temperatures.

Winter fishing does have its advantages. It is a fun time of year to fish in shallow water. Some of the target species are giant barracuda, many species of sharks (some that even jump out of the water when hooked), large jacks up to 20 pounds, cobia, ladyfish, snook, redfish and sea trout. The possibilities are still endless for sight casting with light tackle or a fly.

If you are wanting to try light tackle fishing on the reef or offshore, please contact us for an honest recommendation of some of the best light tackle and sport fishing guides Key West has to offer.

If you have never fished on the flats consider our winter time to be a fun time for fishing. A flats skiff can take up to 2 anglers in comfort and everything is provided for fishing. Anglers who wish to fly fish, a barracuda is a great target species for your first fish on fly, so is the Crevalle jack.

These species will give an angler several shots before spooking which helps with the hook up ratio. As always if you are coming to saltwater fly fish on the flats, practice your cast if possible. It only helps make your experience here in the Keys so much better.

We are now booking for 2007 Tarpon Season so if you are considering a trip for tarpon there are still dates available in March, April, June and July.

Nov 26, 2006

November Fishing in the Lower Keys

November 10, 2006

Our Key West weather has improved after this last front.
The temperature has dropped a bit, but certainly
not enough to scare the fish off the flats.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding Jon Ain,
co-founder of the March Merkin Permit
Tournament, to his 250th permit on fly. The 19-
pound fish was caught west of Key West on a fly
tied by Ain.

This is one of the best times of the year to
find large permit on the flats of the Lower
Keys. They readily eat a live crab and the right
fly with some precision casting will most often
get eaten.

There are still some large bonefish lurking on
both the ocean side flats and the backcountry
near Sugarloaf Key. They have been slightly
finacky for the fly so pack your fly box full of
different patterns just in case.

We still have some available dates around
Thanksgiving and in December for permit,
barracuda, sharks and jacks on the flats. It is
a great time to be here.... the weather is warm
and the fish are biting!

Sep 12, 2006

Redbone S.L.A.M. Fishing - September 2006

Cooler weather in the Key West area was short lived. Things heated right back up to steamy mid-September and made fishing more difficult in the afternoon hours.

I had a few good days of pre-fishing with my angler Nicolas Pierce from North Carolina. He's a fun guy to fish with and we had some great fishing throughout the entire week.

Fishing tournaments certainly has its highs and lows and I have experienced all of this, sometimes in the same day. We had some fabulous early morning tarpon fishing. Baby tarpon are the best target this time of year early, early in the morning. They tend to hang in their 'regular' spots during the lower tides. High tide is like recess for baby tarpon - it allows them to roam and possibly find a new place to call home for the next tide change.

Gurglers work well in these baby tarpon holes. If you can find them layed up or rolling the chances of them pouncing on a gurgler fly is good. They will also eat the classic black and purple combo during the early morning or evening hours (if you can find them feeding).

Bonefish have been in the spotlight for this week and will remain a strong contender for flats fishing throughout the rest of September and into October and November. Tailing fish are prominant on a calm morning. Their fins break the glassy water and create an amazing disturbance on the surface of the water. With the skiff we can get so close to them, it's amazing.

Permit fishing has been tough but there were plenty of nice permit caught in this weekends tournament. Pierce and I hooked a permit on a crab fly during one of our days of fishing before the tournament, unfortunately he got away from us and broke off.

Pierce and I fished the Super Fly, a one day fly fishing event that is part of the Redbone series. We placed second with a nice catch of 3 tarpon and 3 bonefish. We did land one other tarpon but he was not regulation size for the tournament, he was just fine for fun fishing.

The SLAM was a little more difficult. Some of the best guides in the Keys fish this tournament and do very well. We were mainly fishing with a fly, leaving ourselves in contention for the Fly Division with only two other boats. When it comes to numbers in this tournament it is about getting the fish, and most anglers choose to use artificials or bait to achieve the goal of catching a slam, tarpon - bonefish and permit.

We tied for the Fly Division prize but lost to a tie-breaker of time, the other team had caught their fish much earlier in the day. Congrats to them!

Aug 19, 2006

Late summer fishing - August 2006

I'm not going to mention the "H" word, we've been so lucky to have mild weather. By this time last year we'd cleaned up our yard twice and were prepping for another named storm.

It just started getting really hot this week and it's made fishing a bit tough after about 9AM. The fishing in August is hot too, but tolorating the heat can be a challenge.

Permit have been on again and off again around the Lower Keys. One day they are easy to find, the next day very difficult. We look for them tailing during the morning light and in deeper water or floating in channels throughout the day.

Bonefish have been plentiful on the backcountry flats from Key West to Big Pine. Still an early morning ordeal for tailing fish, and not much action after 2PM when it really gets hot. They readily take a fly, foxy clouser or something like it works well. In skinny water it's important to have a cast that lands soft.

Fall fly fishing in the Florida Keys can be some of the best tailing bonefish and permit conditions all year. It's a fun time of year because I get the chance to fish myself during the off hours of the day.

There have been plenty of tarpon of all sizes still available in the waters around Key West. I'm sure with this hotter weather they won't stick around for long.

Looking to get away this fall? Come down for some fall bonefish and permit fishing.

Aug 1, 2006

Summer Fishing - August 2006

The outlook for fishing this summer is so much better than last year. By this time last year we had boarded up, evacuated, batten down the hatches, bought supplies, and tested our generator numerous times. There is something to be thankful for, and part of it has to do with the fishing.

I'm grateful for a very good season. It's winding down a bit and although the fishing has been really great, the schedule allows me to get out fishing on my own and explore some new territory.

This week has been especially great for permit fishing. Fly fishing for permit is already difficult and with our southeast winds clipping along at a cool 15 knots, it's not easy for the average fly angler to make precise casts all the time to tailing permit.

Although wind is somewhat of an enemy to a fly fishing angler, especially when it's blowing hard on his right shoulder (for a right handed angler), with permit fishing we almost welcome the wind. It gives the opportunity to sneak up on tailing permit and even is more forgiving when making a strong cast that leaves the fly landing hard in the water.

I tie a fly these days that is deadly for permit but is definately not a flat calm water fly. One the wind is clipping along at 10 knots or so, we're golden.

I had the pleasure of fishing with an angler from New York, George Polsky. I have to give congrats to both him and his brother for their first permit on fly. It's a great accomplishment and no doubt has got them hooked on permit fishing altogether.

As for August, the tropical outlook has a few more players in the field we call the Atlantic Basin, but as for fishing... the slam is still a definate possibility.