For the last week the fishing has been exceptional!
Especially for February!!
It is hard to decide what to target.. It has been great for permit, bonefish and big tarpon
Tom with his first bonefish!!!!
Today we had a hard time decide what to go for,, It was Tom's first time ever flats fishing and told me to do what ever I thought would be best.. We started with bonefish and it was so good, we never left the first flat.. Tom hooked 8 bonefish on a half day!! Talk about hitting one out of the park!!
Tom and Joan with a nice Key West permit
Fished with my friend Ben from Craig Mt. yesterday in Key West.. The permit fishing was as good as I have ever seen it for about 4 hours on the falling tide.. It was so good I got on the phone and told my friends Tom and Joan to join us on the same flat. Joan got this dandy permit on a live crab. The day before I had got a permit on a merkin and we were determined to do it again.. maybe we should have tried crabs??
(Last year Joan did catch a permit on fly that would have been a new I.G.F.A record in the women's category. She opted not to kill the fish, just to put her name in the book.)
Ben and I finished up the day hunting big tarpon.. We found some in a warm up basin.. I did get one six footer to follow my toad fly,, but no go..
Captain Derren Doop with a permit!!
There was a cuda tournament in Key West last Friday and Saturday.. Typically it can be cold this time of year, Tarpon, permit and bonefish are not always an option in colder temperatures. Barracudas can be found in colder water and are a blast! My friends Capt, Derrin Doop and Capt. Bo Sellers were fishing the tournament, but they were seeing so many permit they quit fishing for barracuda. Friday they caught 2 permit and Saturday three permit..
Beth's first shark!!
Beth and Jimmy from Minnesota fished with me last week just as it was starting to warm up... spent most of the day shark fishing. We did take a look for big tarpon in one basin.. Got a shot at a big one..The day started out great then we covered up with solid cloud cover making it diificult to spot fish..
Tonight a mild cold front will hit the Keys.. But its effects will only be temporary.. high for Wednesday 68 degrees , then back in the mid 70's..