Florida Keys

Tip of the week 

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 

Mid 80's with winds 20+ mph through out the next 5 days


Hello to everyone from the staff at The Saltwater Angler.

Winds will pick up over the next few days and last until Tuesday, so fly fishing could be a little challenging. For those who still venture out the migratory Tarpon are here and moving through the lower keys in large groups. Both east and west of Key West have been very active. Some have been a little finicky so far, but the large schools make up for picky fish giving lots of chances for the lucky angler. The pre-sunrise and late afternoon bite is the best time to maximize possible hook-ups. Darker flies from toads to bait fish patterns are good choices for fly fishing. Oddly enough bone white Hogy lures in the 10 inch size are excellent when spin fishing. Most hook ups on spin have been with live baitfish or crabs. Bone fish and Permit have been very active on the flats lately. Just remember to pay close attention to the tides when picking the right flat to search for Bones and Permit.
Offshore, many large Dolphin are being caught under some really nice packed weed lines. With Wahoo, Dolphin and plenty of Mackerel out beyond the reef-line, planning a trip offshore could be surprising and rewarding! Its the time of year where we start to see large schools of young Dolphin prowling weed lines offshore. This brings in a lot of larger Pelagic species as well and good opportunity for a nice Wahoo! Remember there is always many different reef species to tackle too. Multiple species of snappers are always available when fishing off the bottom in 40-60 feet. Grouper season opened on May 1st., so get the heavy gear ready for excellent tasting table fare. Wishing you tight lines and fish boat-side!

Must Have Flies 
Peterson's Spawning Shrimp tan 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Bluewater Softy Minnow Chart/white 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Floating Tarpon Toad tan, olive 3/0,5/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Barracuda Fly white, chart 3/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Flats Minnow various colors 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grand Slam Crab tan 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
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