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Lower Keys Flats Fishing report

Key Largo to Key West - including Florida Bay, the Marquesas and the Dry Tortugas.

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Lower Keys Flats Fishing report

Postby yetter » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:25 am

Apparently all that talk about global warming is true. We had a lot of days in January that were more like spring. Most days temperatures were in the 80's, with water temps in the high 70's and low 80's.

Early morning tarpon fishing continues to be great on the flat calm mornings. Tarpon love to roll in low light conditions. They also love to eat on top. We have been catching them on a variety of surface flies. A little cloud cover extends our dawn fishing later into the day .Some mornings we have been finding juvenile tarpon and sea gulls feeding on grass shrimp on the surface. Baby tarpon can also be found and sight fished to later in the day on the warmer flats, near deeper channels

Good numbers of permit can be found on the flats.. Permit are challenging to catch on fly, but they do eat flies enough for us to keep trying. Warmer water temperatures have pulled some large schools of bonefish up onto the flats too, that we don't typically see this time of year.

On the days after a cold front we go back to the usual winter fishing. Mullet muds are still producing a mixed bag of jacks, lady fish, snappers and sea trout
Enough about winter fishing...It is February. The big migratory tarpon will soon appear in the warm up basins and deeper channels. YAHOOO!!!!!! The lower Florida Keys is the best place in the world to sight fish large tarpon.
Come on down and put one of these big fish in the air!

Capt. Scott Yetter
The fishing has been hit or miss this month. We have had some "Chamber of Commerce" postcard perfect days. Intermixed with some cold front days that were better suited to tying flies and doing laundry. Currently it is almost 80 degrees with some wind out of the east. Water temperatures have been unseasonably warm for Dec. making for some good flats fishing conditions. There are not as many bonefish and permit around this time of year. But we have been finding them on the flats on the incoming tide on the warmer days.

Dawn is a magical time to find tarpon on flat calm days. When the water is flat and the light is low, schools of tarpon can be spotted rolling on the surface. We had several epic mornings before Xmas when all the planets were aligned and 3 foot tarpon were crashing bait on the surface. We jumped and boated fish after fish on poppers.

Tight lines and Happy New Year!
Capt. Scott Yetter
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