Windy Conditions Prevail Backcountry Fishing is Hot!

An angler fishing with Capt. Kyle Kelso of Dream Catcher Charters poses with a Key West Redfish.

Windy conditions have prevailed since the Power Boat Race week and expected to continue through next week with a steady 15 – 25 mph out of the NE and East. 

Backcountry fishing has been pretty darn good none the less. Here at Dream Catcher Charters we have been running a steady flow of trips with an unseasonably busy November coming off of a particularly great October. Thanks to all of our repeat clientele and much new business to fill our boats with some incredible offseason fishing opportunities.

Trout have been the word. Ever since Dream Catchers broke the news that trout were biting off Key West back in September the bite is still on. The fish move slightly from place to place but be certain that our professional fishing guides are on their tails. Catches lately of 24 inches have hit the board and what a fish that is for Key West or anywhere for that matter. The maturity of our trout fishery here has sure shown itself.

Redfish have been spotty but as the water cools (currently 70 + – 4 depending on time of day and tide) the redfish are finding their way into the winter time haunts and becoing more consistent for our dedicated anglers. Along the way you will also run into the goliath groupers and some large snappers with the occasional smaller snook that eats your offering.

Pompano showed up a few weeks ago. Leave it to our captains to root out these tasty Florida seafood fish. Pompano put up a great fight and offer our anglers one more trophy species to add to the list..

Flats Fishing

Permit fishing has been super strong the last couple weeks. We have been able to offer our clients that want to put in the time a great number of shots at these sought after fish. Bonefishing was slow this year to start with and now seems to have come to a close with the sub 70 degree temps.. Not to say they cannot be found on the ocean facing flats where temps are a little warmer but its not consistent enough for us to consider a “bonefishing” trip,. Barracudas and mutton snappers are the incredible by catch of the flats here in Key West this time of the year. Ya never know where they might be. Mutton snappers up to 7 lbs have been landed by our team here at Dream Catchers.

All in all with the wind we are still showing folks an amazing day on the waters here in Key West on board our bay boats.

Feel free to drop us a line and talk to us about fishing in Key West. We are happy to point you in the right direction.

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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