Flying Fish Charters

Spring Fishing Report

Mutton Snapper

Mutton Snapper

Sailfish

Sailfish

Tarpon

Tarpon

Bonefish

Bonefish

       Well we have had a super wet spring here in the Lower Keys and we just encountered our first named storm of the Hurricane Season.  Weather aside, the offshore fishing has been excellent, with some of the best Sailfishing the Keys have ever seen.  We had a good push of sailfish in March and now again in May.  May is usually late in the sailfish season, but this year all the conditions were right and it turned on.  We have been looking for them around the color change and throwing live baits at them.  There have been plenty of big blackfin tunas around as well.  The dolphin fishing has been decent, we’ve found fish every time we went out, but we haven’t been able to put a big catch together this year.  The mahi fishing should just be getting better over the next couple months.

       Reef and wreck fishing has been consistent. The mutton snapper bite has been excellent this winter and spring.  We have caught them on the shallow reefs when the weather has been snotty and there have also been some big ones on the wrecks offshore.  There have been blackfin tunas, amberjacks and some rainbow runners on the offshore wrecks as well.  The yellowtail snapper fishing on the reef has been decent, usually you can find good action and nice size fish out there.

       The tarpon fishing in the backcountry has been inconsistent.  When we have the right weather the fishing has been good, but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, it makes it harder finding fish.  As it is, we have still had plenty of good days, especially with the fly rod.  We have hooked a few tarpon on fly this year that have been well over 100lbs.  The bite has been the best early and later in the day.  The bonefishing around Key West has been excellent, the days when the tarpon are not eating well, we’ve been going bonefishing.

October Fishing Report

Bonefish

Bonefish

     

       Sorry for the lack of reports recently, were just starting to get back to normal since Hurricane Irma.  Thank you to all my clients who made it down to fish in October, I know some people had to change hotels and some restaurants were not fully operational, but your business means everything to this little island.  If anyone is hesitant to visit Key West after the storm, don't be. We are ready for the holiday season and the fishing has been excellent.  The wind has started blowing from the north now and the tunas have been biting offshore.  We were able to get out one evening earlier this week and we caught a few blackfin tunas, plus a couple dolphin.  The sailfish started showing up too and hopefully we get a consistent bite throughout the winter.  Also the wahoo fishing should be getting good around the December and January full moons, if anyone has interest in live bait fishing for wahoo, that would be a great time.  

 

Tarpon

Tarpon

       We did a lot of backcountry fishing October, once the water started clearing up after the storm, the fishing turned on in the shallows.  There were plenty of schools of small tarpon around.  They were chasing bait around the mangroves.  We did a lot fishing for them with live pilchards, but you can cast artificial lures and flies at them as well.  The bonefishing was also great after the storm, we saw a lot of big schools of bonefish pushing around the flats.  Now that the weather is starting to cool down, we have seen less bonefish and we are starting to do more barracuda fishing on the flats.  Winter is a great time target barracudas in the backcountry; they like the cooler water temperature.  The barracudas have a super aggressive bite, the fight well and they will jump too.  They are an awesome predator to target in shallow water with either light spinning gear or with a fly rod.

                

Snook

Snook

June Fishing Report

     

mahi mahi

mahi mahi

     June was a super busy month here in the Florida Keys, but the weather was not cooperative.  For the most part in June I was either fishing for mahi mahi offshore or fishing for tarpon inshore.  The offshore bite has been fantastic when we were able to make it out there.  The water quality out deep has been much better than last year and the fishing is much better too. There have been a lot of small mahi around with some big ones mixed in.  As usual we've found a lot of mahi under weeds and other floating debris, but some of the bigger fish we found were under frigate birds.  There have also been some billfish offshore and some scattered tunas mixed in.

     In the backcountry, the tarpon bite has been the most consistent it has been all year, despite the weather.  There have been a lot of fish on the oceanside and the bite has been good, but again the weather has often prevented us from fishing there.  We have also had some great early morning and evening bites.  The worm hatch was awesome this year, we fished further east from Key West, but there were a lot worms out and the the tarpon were taking flies.  The permit fishing picked up in June, a lot of the fish seemed to be done spawning and heading back into the shallows.  We saw a lot of permit causing the oceanside flats, mixed in with the tarpon, but there are a bunch of permit in the backcountry as well. 

           

tarpon

tarpon

March Fishing Report

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna

     Overall, the fishing in Key West was good in March, the tuna fishing was awesome offshore, but we did not have the sailfish bite we were hoping for.  We did catch a few sails, but not in any great numbers.  The afternoon tuna trips have been really popular with my clients and the bite was consistent.  Besides tunas, the wrecks offshore have been productive with amberjacks, mutton snappers, rainbow runners and a few african pompano.  There has also been a lot of action with kingfish and bonitas as well.  The water offshore has looked beautiful and hopefully in April, we will start to see some mahi show up out there.

     In the backcountry we kept busy catching barracudas on the flats, they have been biting really well.  We had a good speckled trout bite in the basins.  That was really nice on windy days when working the flats was tough, you can drift the basins and catch trout and other species.  When the water has been warm enough, we have seen some permit and bonefish, but March was probably the coldest month this winter.  The tarpon have finally started to show up around Key West, we haven't seen any big schools yet, but the fish we have found have been eating.    

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

February Fishing Report

Sailfish Release

Sailfish Release

We have had a great month of fishing here in Key West and the winter weather has been cooperative too.  The tuna bite offshore has been awesome, typically we have been doing afternoon/evening trips to target the tunas with live pilchards around the offshore wrecks.  We have caught plenty of other fish on the pilchards as well, such as bonitos, amberjacks, jack crevalles and mutton snappers.  The sailfish bite has been consistent over the last month; we have had a few days with multiple hook ups, including one day when we caught 5 fish out of 5 bites.  All the sailfish have been caught on live baits like, goggle eyes, pilchards, and ballyhoo.  There has been a lot of action on the reef with some nice mutton snappers and kingfish.

We have being seeing a lot fish in the backcountry this past month too.  The typical winter species like barracudas, sharks, and jacks have been around, but there has been a good amount of bonefish and permit.  The Tarpon haven't really showed up yet around Key West, but any day now we should start to see some big schools of fish popping up.         

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna

January Fishing Report

The winter fishing in Key West is in full swing.  There have been sailfish, wahoo and tuna around offshore.  Leading up to this full moon, we spent most of our time targeting tunas and wahoo on live baits.  The tuna bite on pilchards has been fantastic around the wrecks, particularly later in the afternoon.  The wahoo have been eating larger live baits, such as blue runners and they have been around the edge of the reef.  We have had some very breezy weather this week and some of the trips haven't made it offshore.  Instead we fished some of the inshore rock piles and patch reefs.  The mutton snapper bite has been good around the nearshore rock piles. Most of them have been eating live pilchards or ballyhoo.  As a bonus, the porgy bite has been red hot around the patch reefs too.

The backcountry fishing has been good, when the weather has been warm enough there have been some bonefish around.  This week with the colder weather though, we have been seeing more barracudas on the flats.  The basins have been holding a lot of life, from snappers to trout to jacks.  The mud slicks have been thick and we've also been seeing the jacks chasing schools of ballyhoo around the backcountry.

     

Mutton Snapper

Mutton Snapper

wahoo

wahoo