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 

Winds finally subsiding and are in the mid to lower teens. There are still some scattered storms in the area.


Hello Anglers! With a warm welcome from The Saltwater Angler!
The weather has been amazing since the passing of the heavy thunderstorms of last week. And the back-country has responded with many reports of Bones and Permit back feeding on the flats. The best bites are still occurring in the early morning and late afternoon especially on the ocean side. This is contributed to the high water temperatures during the Keys' hot September weather. With some small rain showers still occurring almost every day, we have seen a small drop in water temps. The juvenile tarpon bite has continued to be good around day-break. Live crabs have been the bait of choice for spin fishermen for permit and bonefish. Fly fishermen have been having great success with darker size 2 crab patterns for permit, and number 6 crab patterns as an intermediate fly for both permit and bonefish. In addition Sliders, Silly legs, and Spawning shrimp have worked well for bonefish over the past week. The offshore action has heated up significantly over the last ten days. The blue water has made its way closer to shore which has brought the Maui, Wahoo, tuna, and some sailfish with it. Anglers have found the Wahoo in water depths between 600 and 750 feet, and the Maui in approximately 300 to 400 feet. In addition, there has also been a lot of Black Fin tuna caught recently. They have showed up a little early this year mixed in with schools of Bonita's and have both been primarily feeding on pilchards. As always keep an eye out for good weed-lines and birds circling in one area. These are your best fish finders! This is Team Saltwater Angler wishing everyone tights 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
The Saltwater Angler

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