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 

Breezy and cooler with scattered showers

Conditions 

Hello and welcome from The Saltwater Angler! Our mild winter continues to keep the water temperatures well above normal. The redfish and sea trout bite has started to pick up. Look for them to concentrated in the back country basins. Darker brown and green crab patterns work best this time of year. Also shrimp jigs on spin gear too. The Crevalle Jack bite has been excellent. Look for these brutes moving over deeper edges of the flats and back country basins. The back country is also loaded with large barracudas. Cudas are a great fight on fly rod! Just remember a little steel bite leader and get that fly moving with a 2-hand retrieve. Sharks, like spinners and black-tip, also make for great rod bent challenge. The offshore bite has been excellent the past week; captains have continued to hammer the large yellowtail snapper on the reef. Also seeing a good number of Swordfish being caught for the for the guys going deep in search of these brutes. Plus, there have been lots of tuna caught chumming with live pilchards in approximately 200-300 feet. The sailfish and king Mackerel 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. Still seeing a lot of nice size dolphin being caught on live bait and under good weed-lines. As always keep an eye out for the BIRDS!

Today..Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds

Thursday and Friday...Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers. Highs near 80. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 10 percent.

Week-end...Mostly clear and cooler with a slight chance of showers. Lows 60 to 65.

Must Have Flies 
Premium Bonefish Selection tan 2 Buy from Orvis.com
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Grassett's Snook Minnow various colors 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Avalon Keel Crab tan 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
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