Key West Fishing Report and Forecast

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper being released boat side caught on one of our backcountry fishing charters. We catch goliath groupers both inshore and offshore when conditions are right.

February 7 th 2016– Chilly weather starting off this weekend will remain through till the end of the week. Good news is the winds will come down under 20 mph on Monday for a brief stint only to pick back up again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Throughout the forecast period we have breezy and chilly conditions for Key West. Make the most of your Key West fishing buy packing some warm weather clothes and rain jackets work well for keeping the bite of some sloppy conditions off you.

Backcountry fishing charters still rule the popular side of things here in Key West as folks generally opt for that for the consistency of being able to get out even if the winds are up and not get pounded. In the back we are seeing a good steady flow of our winter time species of trout, jacks, barracudas, sharks, pompano and lady fish. Pretty much no matter what the weather does we can get folks out and show them a fun time ripping some lips and having lots of fun. The water temps have been down in the lower 60s for a good bit now, so the fish have acclimated to the cooler temps. Water clarity is a little banged up in the backcountry but not un-fish-able.

The Flats fishing has been shut down here the last few days. Last week we have had some great permit fishing on the warmer days in the Southerly winds but that looks to be on hold through Wednesday this coming week maybe further. Up on the deck next to the permit are the nice sized barracudas warming themselves on the flats especially on the warmer outgoing late in the day tides after the water has warmed on the flats.

Deep sea fishing is up and down like a roller coaster. I don’t mean sea conditions either. I mean that one day they are in the dolphin, Wahoo and tuna the next, sailfish are spread out across the board in all conditions. Winds from the Northerly directions make for not so rough conditions just outside the reef lines Cooler air temps don’t make a difference that much at all to the fish. This coming Valentines week should be pretty decent as the conditions settle a bit after these last last two fronts. My guess is sailfish, tuna and wahoos with a mix of Kingfish on the troll.

Wreck and Reef fishing is great!  Nice sized yellowtail snappers with muttons snappers have been reported across the board from all the fleet, even some of the deep sea boats like the Double Down have been stopping at the reef for some extra color in the box. Capt. Rob Harris on the Gotta Go has been fishing the reef when he can get out and reports some nice sized snappers with a fun mackerel bite. Remember, the reef is just 5 miles out off Key West to the South. So, these northerly winds cannot beat you up too terribly bad and makes for good fishing.

Bookings this week coming up are pretty strong. There are availabilities in all sectors of fishing but that we expect to fill in by the end of this Valentines week. Picking your day is up to you. Here is the Key West weather link I like to use when planing out my week.

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About Capt. Steven Lamp
Dr Catcher Is - Capt. Steven Lamp - Owner of Dream Catcher Charters is a veteran Key West fishing guide for flats fishing, deep sea fishing, wrecks and reef fishing, and fly fishing. An expert waterman and licensed captain since 1986. A Veteran of the United States Coast Guard Heavy Weather Search and Rescue, I.G.F.A. Certified Captain and Standing regional board member of The Florida Fishing Guides Association