January 20th 2016 – The deep sea fishing out of Key West is pretty good this week even in the cooler temps and higher winds. Brave it and win!
I had the opportunity this morning to chat with Capt. Brice Barr of the Key West deep sea charter boat Double Down. Brice was filling me in on the conditions and shared with me some images of the catches he has been hitting the last few days.
The offshore bite has been productive. As we all know the Gulf Stream waters don’t get hugely affected by a few days of cooler temps so the fishing actually improves out there. On the surface the water has cooled on the reef down to 71 – 75 degrees (71 degrees this am). This encourages the bait fish to be more active and therefore draws the predators right up along the edge for a meal. Trolling the edges of the reef and the color changes is bringing good shots at sailfish and king fish with a by catch of huge cero mackerel.
IN the deeper waters near the “bar” and on some of our wrecks the tunas are eating pretty good. Along with shots at tuna there are also many reports of wahoo being caught as well rounding out a nice box of fish.
Capt. Brice shared with me the conditions as well. Seas are over 4 ft where the wind and current are bucking each other. This makes for good fishing conditions but can make for tough boating conditions for people not used to the waves.
Winter is a great time for deep sea fishing and the boats get filled up fast. We recommend at least a 6 hour adventure if you are going to book a charter. This gives the captains a better chance to make it happen for you.
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