Florida Keys

Tip of the week 

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

Seven-day forecast 

Light winds and warm days with chance of thunder showers.


Hello Anglers!
We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler! Tarpon are still here in large schools in the channels and on the flats. So pick your favorite Tarpon fly and hang on. Purple is the best color for early morning or late afternoon Tarpon. Casting an artificial, such as Hogies will really give you a better chance of enticing a bite. Also try live pilchards or crabs in the deeper basins or channels when the wind is up. Don't count out all the other great species on the flats...Barracuda, Jacks, Lady Fish, and sharks can all offer a great day in the back country too!!! Look for Permit and Bonefish to be more plentiful on the flats around grass beds this time of year. Crab patterns are still the best choice for Permit. Shrimp patterns and smaller crab patterns work best for bone fish. The big Lemon, Bull, and Black are being found in deeper channels between flats. These sharks will give any angler there moneys worth of fight on a fly rod. There is no shortage of these bruisers. Also while polling around, big Jack Crevalles are following stingrays waiting for bait fish to scurry from under their wings. Use any top water lure or fly will bring out their aggressive bite. The Snapper spawn has been great. Reef fishing has been popping with mangrove and yellow tail snapper. One of the best in many years!
Offshore fishing has been great! Many Dolphin are being found everywhere offshore, but keep and eye out for Frigate birds circling overhead. They are the best fish finders. Sail fishing has been excellent, so keep a look out for flying fish and other baits moving along the color change. If you travel out to some of the deeper wrecks, there have been some nice sized mutton snappers. King Mackerel and some Cobia have been caught on of the reefs and areas with good bottom structure. Throwing live pilchards at these guys will give you an opportunity to get a fly in front of them... ! Nice size grouper are being caught on deep ledges off the reef and any wrecks that offer good bottom structure. Its always a great fight from these brutes and excellent table fair too. Lobster sportsman season is upon us, so be ready and watch out for diver down flags and the abnormal amount of boat traffic!

Today...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs near 90. East to southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday through Sunday- Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Lows in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent each day and night.

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