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Flats/Sight Fishing - pre-spawn permit fishing in the Lower Keys

Capt. Luke Kelly
February 5, 2010
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

The opening days are upon us! This year's "pre-spawn permit fishing", for the Lower Keys and Key West flats and backcountry is right around the corner. You could even say that it has already started.

Past day's weather and waning moon cycle has revealed to me a good number of permit making themselves noticeable on the warmer parts of the tides right now. Past week's more ideal conditions (periods of warmth and southern winds), pushed hundreds of permit into their favorite areas, happy to be back from their warm water hiding spots this winter. All signs are looking like there is ALOT of permit ready to come into the shallows this year, once our now warming water trend continues to advance and stabilize.

With the current waning moon cycle until Feb 14th new moon, the only thing that could worsen our now improving conditions would be another non-typical cold front. Let's hope that's not the case this year, a more typical cold front would only displace the permit fishery for a day or two from here on out. Expect these fish to be swarming the flats and backcountry of Key West and the lower Florida Keys by mid February, and all the way through March. Get em' while the gettin's good.

For those unfamiliar, this "pre-spawning permit flats fishery", will strengthen from now, all the way through March in the lower Keys. Last year it lasted into the first part of April, and it is hard to say when they will leave this year. As stated, this is a pre-spawning event. When all of the breeding permit decide to leave the flats to actually "spawn", they do just that. Every single mature permit in the lower Keys will leave the shallows at once, heading off to nearby deeper water Gulf and nearshore Atlantic wrecks, reefs, and rock piles to spawn. June marks their return to shallow water, which then lasts until the next oncoming winter.

So rather a fishing report of past day's findings, this has been more of a fishing forecast of good things to come. I still have a few open slots this spring; If interested in catching these pre-spawning permit this year please drop me a line for more details. Thanks for reading, I leave you with a few photos of last year's anglers and their pre-spawn permit.

****Return the resource, catch and release every permit!****

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Key West Fishing Forecast:

Spring into the early summer months in the lower Florida Keys. The fishing will only get better from here on out!!!

Target Species:

Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish

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Experience the best in Florida Keys & Key West flats & backcountry fishing with native and year round professional fishing guide, Capt Luke Kelly. IGFA certified captain specializing in shallow water sight-fishing for tarpon, permit, bonefish, and more with quality fly and light tackle gear. A dependable, friendly charter fishing service that delivers! Found only in the beautiful waters of the Lower Florida Keys & Key West. Get out and catch the fishing trip of a life time!

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