Florida Keys

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Be able to side cast and comfortable with the "double haul". This will help you punch into the wind and lay your leader out better.

Seven-day forecast 

Moderate winds with temps in the low 70's on average

Conditions 

Happy Holidays from The Saltwater Angler! Colder nights have basically changed our gears toward back country fishing as of late. We are into our winter species now like jacks, cudas, red fish and sea trout. The back country is loaded with these large barracudas and all the fun sharks, like spinners that make for great rod bent challenge. Anglers have still been finding some scattered permit out to the west of the island on some of the larger flats. In addition, there have been a multitude of spotted sea trout, redfish, ladyfish, cravalle jacks, black tipped shark, and barracudas caught on grass flats in about 6 foot of water. With that being said, the offshore bite has been excellent the past week; captains have continued to hammer the large yellowtail snapper on the reef. Plus, there are still been lots of tuna caught chumming with live pilchards in approximately 200-300 feet. Also, the sailfish have started showing up around the color change in about 50 feet of water. The sails have primarily been feeding on ballyhoo, which are extremely plentiful around the reef during the fall. There are still nice gaffer size dolphin being caught as well on live bait and under good weed-lines. As always keep an eye out for the BIRDS!

Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. North to northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday through Tuesday...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 70s. lows near 60. North winds 10 to 15 mph

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