fishing key west
Report Date: March 1, 2008
February offers some great fishing in Key West, Florida. Warm days provide you with terrific fishing opportunity, to catch Tarpon, Permit, Barracuda, Shark and Bonefish on the flats or in the back county.
The creek or back country fishing can be out of sight as well. I use gurglers and clousers on the fly pole and on spin tackle I use a mixed assortment of artificial, however, not much beats the ole’ buck tail jig. All of these lures or flies we use to go after the assorted fish that we catch in the back country off Key West, fl.. The fish we catch are: Ladyfish, Jacks, and Sea trout, Snapper and A few Pompano and Cobia. .
Permit fishing in February. Let’s just say it can be amazing. Tailing fishing on the flats, cruising fish and even some nice school of floater bouncing in of the edges of the deeper water into the flats. The Permit fishing will remain strong till mid April as long as the weather man cooperates. These Permit like the water from 70 degrees on up through about 88 degrees, so warm weather and water is a key for fishing these sickle tail monsters.
The back country or as I call it the Backside offers some great Laid up Tarpon fishing. On the warmest of days one might find my customers and I chasing these Tarpon in the Key West Back Country. As a typical spring and summer behavior the Silver Kings swim from the deeper water of the Gulf of Mexico into the shallow basins in the back country and find peace laying on the bottom and sulking in six feet of water or less.
Chances are good that if you are fishing for Laid up Tarpon it a very good bet that you should likely see a few Bonefish up on the shallowest of flats. The elusive Bones slide in to the shallow for food and warmth on these great feel like June winter and spring days.
Throwing tube lures at Barracuda offers some great action in the winter and spring months in the flats of Key West. Catching Barracuda on average of 14 to 20lb with a great many pushing the scale at 25lb plus.
Teasing Shark and Jack with gurglers and popper can be a great sight in less than two feet of water. These shark get wild down hear after a big cold front and the water start to warm back up from the sixty’s to the lower to mid 70degree mark. The bait pushes back in and the fish follow. The food chain in the works is played out before your very eyes.
My only advice is?
Captain Lenny Leonard
305 304 0154
p.o. box 5808
Key West, Fl
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