Offshore Fishing Looks Good

Offshore fishing report and forecast for Key West fishing For the Second week of January 2019

Mutton Snapper Mutton Snapper Key West angler fishing with Capt. Steven Lamp on board his 36Ft Yellowfin Too Intense.

January 12th 2019 – While the weather in the rest of the country sucks, here in Key West we have what tropical dreams are made of. With the lows in the upper 60s and highs near 80, its no wonder why we are fishing every day. Just had some folks go out with us this morning that were telling about 22 degrees back home.

Its no secret the weather here in Key West is awesome. Looks like awesome will continue through the forecast period for the next 10 days or so here in Key West. This last front was as very nice cool down for us and the next week looks like Northerly winds for several days making the offshore fishing look great with good fish and nice sea conditions.

Here is your Key West Fishing Guide.

Offshore Fishing Report

Fishing Key West reef for kingfish. This lady angler holds up a nice kingfish.
A fun kingfish caught on Light tackle on board the “Too Intense” reef fishing with Capt. Steven Lamp at Dream Catcher Charters

The last week was much like the weeks before for our offshore fleet of deep sea fishing and the guys who go reef fishing. Plenty of fish around. Blackfin tunas are still pounding hard with a nice mix of dolphin just off shore of them inside 600 ft most days (just 13 miles offshore Key West). The kingfish were strong with some fish in the 30s reported just South of Key West and larger too the West. Yellowtail snappers were holding up their own in tasty fashion with some nice fish caught around the 2-4lb range. Mutton snappers were the jam as well mixed in with them on the reef fishing on board my Yellowfin 36 the “Too Intense”. I was running to the West a bit to find some larger reef fish but my deep sea fishing last week was just fine Due South of Key West.

Offshore Fishing Forecast

The next week holds one of my favorite weeks of the year for reef fishing and big kingfish and it looks like they will be here through the month of February right on the reef line. There are tons of blue runners running amuck on the reef so the kingfish will be on the prowl. I love to live bait them with really large blue runners and watch the drags burn as these speedsters hit and run the smiles we get are priceless.

The deep sea fishing bite will stay strong with the blackfins sticking around and I will assume after the past few months of the incredible dolphin bite we have had that this will also continue. Winter dolphin fishing is awesome as the mahi mahi tend to be a little larger on the whole. Sailfish are also marching down just off the reef offering our anglers a great aerobatic fight that will please all the fans.

Reef fishing will be cracking with fantastic snapper fishing (grouper are closed in the Atlantic) making the whole offshore fishing forecast a complete package and making it no wonder why this time of the year is my favorite time to fish offshore and on the reef if the weather allows.

The weather looks like it will hold up with Northerly winds around 10-15 through Friday with a cold front coming in over the next weekend around Sunday January 20th dipping our temps again down to the low 60s mark. After that the computer models are agreeable to a massive winter cold blast from the polar vortex chilling the Midwest and East Coast toward the end of the month into the first of February with REALLY cold air.. This will probably chill us down to but it won’t be a bad thing.. Winter fishing in Key West is awesome.

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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