No Snow Removal Required
Capt. Paul Ollariu
January 7, 2009
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report
Winter Fishing Key West. No Snow Removal Required.
You bring the ice!
Its been a warm December with light winds on most days and screamin' winds from the Norh on
the few others. I am still finding tarpon. They must be locals who come out to play every
morning because they know we won't eat them. There are also a lot of sharks looking for quick
snacks (not you, just your bait). And, here's the odd part. In many of the gulf channels where
I can get my flats skiff into we have hit Cero Mackerels. Not a missprint!! Ceros in the shallows.
Plan on spending some long days on the water. 6 to 8 hours and we will catch the fish and your
arms will be tired.
The back country is very rewarding this time of year in many ways. Many different types of fish
feed in the shallows. Winter tarpon, bonefish and permit are sometimes difficult to find due to
falling water temperatures. However, in the mangroves are plentiful numbers of redfish and trout.
In the seagrass jacks, barracuda and an occasional pompano are available. Now and then,
even if the wind is blowing 25 knots in the back country we can work on the lee side of the wind
with success. Winter trout will be showing up soon in greater numbers In the late fall on fly and
spin tackle I like to use live fresh pinfish not two day old half dead bait. I use the cast net just like
old school. It works great. We fish 6 hour back country or full day trips. I don't do many half days.
We need the extra time and when you get there you will understand and not want to go back. The
bird watching on the flats is breathtaking. You can enjoy great wade fishing on the sand flats for
permit. There are several great beaches for a relaxing walk and eating your lunch. I can say that
fishing here this time of year is very beautiful as well as spiritual. Not like tarpon season. I have
fished the Keys since I was 15 years old. I love to catch fish and it shows. I am a teaching guide
not reluctant to share whatever I know. My website , www.flatsfishingkeywest.com, is something
for you to look at to understand more. If you are coming down, just call. I always have time to
talk about fishing.
We have a full service office for all your vacation needs. Concierge service to help you find the
right guest house as well as any other inshore and offshore interests you may have. We now
have three boats. A word of advice. If you are booking a fishing trip, make sure you are talking
to the Captain and not some street booking service when you need an in-depth explanation of
your fishing requirements. The captain will then know exactly what bait and tackle is needed.
I hope to see you soon.
Captain Paul Ollariu
Tight lines, great sunsets and a happy New Year.
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