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Florida Keys Pre-Frontal Winter Flats Fishing

Capt. Luke Kelly
October 30, 2009
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

Finally back to the notepad and enjoyably reporting on the lower Florida Keys flats fishing. I just created a new website and it has taken all of my free writing time between my charters for the past few months, please check it out at www.keywestflatsfishing.cc
As we roll into one of my more favorite times of year to sight-fish the flats of the Keys, the fishing conditions thus far have been right on point. I am referring to Florida Keys pre-frontal flats fishing, a topic often overlooked and sometimes misunderstood. There is no doubt that the Fall-fishing this year has been epic. Early mornings full of baby tarpon followed by hordes of bonefish and skyward permit tails fill my recent memory. But I can't help but anticipate the days that are to come in our near future. I am talking about the pre-frontal conditions that lead the way of every northern cold-front that sweeps across the nation for the next month or so. It is hard to say when the water temps will plummet and hold into the sixties this winter, but until they do you can count on some memorable Keys flats fishing for some time to come now.
Cool water temps and warm air does some wonders when hunting permit and bonefish on mid-afternoon flats during this upcoming time of year. Although the few days leading the initial brunt of a cold-front drives a feeding frenzy from these fish. Juvenile tarpon eat hard, permit fill their bellies, and bonefish school-up. It is as if they know what is coming, while I'm sure they do. Knowing when these conditions are about to unleash is easy as pie. Just turn on the old television, dial it to your favorite news channel and watch the national weather coverage. Those huge bands of snow and sleet that move southward across the nation each year push in-front of them dry air and low barometric pressure, I need not say more. The fronts always provide a window of amazing fishing potential prior to their arrival in the lower Florida Keys. As soon as they hit, forget about the tarpon, permit, and bones. But rather pull out your favorite barracuda and jack lure and take in the best of it, as we can only dance to nature's theme song.
Be sure to keep an eye on these cold-fronts this year and for those able to jump down to the Keys on short notice, do so right before they hit the lower Keys, it will pay off with big measure on the flats. I am still offering my recession-buster charter discount for those who need a little help cutting the travel cost in getting to the Keys, just be sure to inquire about it if you'd like to get on some great tarpon, permit, and bonefishing before winter sets in. You can also find more info at www.lowerkeysflatsfishing.com Thanks for reading, more reports are on the way.

Key West Fishing Forecast:

Right before cold-fronts expect great tarpon, permit, and bonefishing.

After cold-fronts expect large barracuda, jacks, snapper, sea-trout, pompano, and more aggressive species. It actually is a good old time for rod bending, tons of fish.

Target Species:

Tarpon, Permit, 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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