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 

cold weather dipping into the 60's with winds 18-23mph.

Conditions 

Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler!

The weather has had some ups and downs the past few weeks and looks to be similar over the next week too. Winds will be as low as 6-8mph over the next two days and then back up to 20+ for a couple days. This pattern will be repeating itself for the next 10 days or so., and then another cold front with high winds moves over the Keys. We are still getting some reports of Bonefish being found to the west of Key West, along with Permit. To the East of Key West the young Tarpon have been quite plentiful. Captains are still targeting them with great success. East of us back in the basins Trout, Jacks and Cudas are in full swing. Look for the water mixed up with puffs a mud that should give you a chance at large Jacks or Trout. Sharks, Cudas and Snapper are relatively easy to find near deeper drop-offs around the mangroves.
Last week's North wind pushed a lot of bait offshore and near the reef line. The Yellowtail snapper are being hammered with many large sized "flags" among them just outside the reef, in a 100 feet of water or less. The Tunas and Sails are in too. Many captains are reporting large schools of Tunas both to the east and west of Key West. Loading up the live well with fresh bait is the key to success for Tuna. Remember keeping a rod loaded with your favorite top water plug on a wire leader could reward you with a chance at a Wahoo! Winter brings great bottom fishing for Grouper and Snapper too. Jigging with live or cut bait can really put you into a fight with one of these brutes!
As always...This is the Saltwater Angler 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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