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LOWER FLORIDA KEYS FLATS FISHING REPORT  
Sunday, January 31 2010

 

After several weeks of very cool weather, it has finally begun to warm up here in the lower Florida Keys. Permit have moved back to flats and can also be found laid up, basking on the surface in some of the warm up spots. On sunny days the surface temperature is the warmest. They can be difficult to approach and catch during these conditions, but a live crab suspended under a bobber can be effective...

Bonefish, sharks and cudas have returned to the flats as well. then can also be found in some of the warm up spots too.

Speaking of warm up spots...It is almost February. This is the time of year, I start to look for big laid up tarpon in the warmer places on the nicer days..

Posted by: AT 04:56 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, January 24 2010

 


Satellite view of the Lower Florida Keys

It has been 2 weeks since my last report. I have been stalling and waiting for some good news. You may or may not know that Florida was bludgeoned with a major cold front early this month. Cold fronts this time of year are common.. Instead of the normal front which drives the bone fish , tarpon and permit off the flats until it warms up in a couple of days... This one lingered, then got colder...record colds. Water temperature here in the keys dropped to 49 degrees one day.. That is cold for here.. Fortunately the vast majority of our flats have easy access to deep water. The bone fish, tarpon and permit go to deeper and warmer water when the flats go below 70 degrees.. Leaving us sharks, cudas, red fish, snapper, sea trout and lady fish to normally target on our cold water days.. This January it got so cold for so long, all the fish left the flats for days.... EVERY THING!

Reports of snapper fishing being off the charts on the patch reefs just off shore..

The fish that did not leave and remained in the basins died.. Mostly small snapper, grunts, angel fish, parrot fish, small cuda, etc.. It was a great month to be a pelican, frigate, or an osprey..

Unfortunately places like Tampa, Flamingo, Florida Bay, White Water Bay did not get off as easy. It was even colder there with not as much easy access to deeper water. The snook population has taken a big hit.. FWC has placed a temporary ban on the harvesting of snook, along with tarpon and bonefish. Nature hates a vacuum and hopefully the snook population will rebound rapidly. Fortunately the redfish are very resilient to the cold..

The good news... weather has warmed back into the high 70's. Water temperatures in the high 60's to mid 70's and the fish are coming back!
Permit have returned to the flats in good numbers along with the tarpon.

Spanish mackerel, sea trout and lady fish returned to the gulf side basins this weekend as well.

Posted by: AT 10:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, January 10 2010

Florida Keys Flats Fishing Report: January 10th....


Snowing In The Keys???

No it is not snowing in the Keys... I tampered with the photo. But it is cold here and has been cold for the last week.

Low temperatures tonight across the Lower Keys are forecast to drop into the mid 40s. The record minimum temperature in Key West for January 11th is 48 degrees set in 1970. This daily record will be in jeopardy tonight.

Temperatures will be back in the 70's this weekend.

Posted by: AT 10:20 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, January 01 2010

Florida Keys Flats Fishing Report: January 1st....

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!


Another great year of fishing has come to close.. fished the last day of the year with Patrick from New Jersey.. Weather and the tarpon cooperated. We managed to end the year with a nice juvenile tarpon on fly!

Yahoo!!!!

The weather for the upcoming week looks sunny but cool... highs in the mid 60's.. This will take tarpon, permit and bonefish out of the picture for a while until we get some warmer weather. However that still leaves us with barracuda, sharks, redfish, snook, lady fish and seat trout. Speaking of sea trout. Trout season is now open.. They are very tasty...

Posted by: AT 10:21 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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