Fishing Report New Years Update

Permit capt. steven lamp, key west fishing Capt. Steven Poses with a Key West permit..

The Real Key West Fishing Report New Years Week Edition

Its been a busy week here at Dream Catcher Charters in Key West.. With a fantastic weather set up for the last week we were able to get all of our scheduled fishing charters off the dock and provide some great fun for the people who went both inshore and backcountry.

Scroll To the Bottom for the New Years weather forecast….

Backcountry And Flats

Permit capt. steven lamp, key west fishing

Capt. Steven Poses with a Key West permit..

A busy schedule means lots of fishing for our captains and that means getting dialed in on fish with acute accuracy. Our fishing charters are into the fish on each and every trip. Trout, redfish, sharks, cobia, mackerel, pompano, jacks and mutton snappers were to short list of species we were getting into here in Key West. On the flats the permit did not let us down. When the conditions were right we were able to get up on top of the shallow waters and have many shots at these very unpredictable fish.

Winter time backcountry fishing is definitely the most popular fishing charter in Key West. More numbers of backcountry fishing charters head out this time of the year than any other for many reasons.

  1. Backcountry waters are always calm and the scenery is true Florida Keys mangrove island goodness.
  2. Fishing is high volume fun rod bending excitement
  3. Bay Boats are comfortable for 4 people or less and everyone can fish, cast, hang out
  4. 4 hour trips turn into 3.5 hours of fishing with travel time
  5. Snappers, trout, pompano and cobia make for great table fare.
  6. Super Affordable

Wreck Reef and Deep Sea

Key feature has been the weather here for great days on the reefs. The last month of grouper season in the Atlantic Ocean has provided us with many trips to the reef in search of great table fare. Red grouper and black grouper have been mixed in with yellowtail snappers and mutton snappers to make for a colorful catch box. Grouper season closes on January 1st in the South Atlantic (Key West waters), but the snappers are still open and plentiful. Full day trips are the best way to enjoy your day here with massive results.

More reef fishing has been just south of Key West for the mackerel and tuna bite. varying conditions make one day different than another but the mackerel are always there and ready to really give our anglers a heck of a fight on light tackle spin fishing gear. Cero mackerel up to 9 lbs have been pretty regular and many to the boat in cast after cast succession. Stops on the reefs close by have offered up dynamic yellowtail snapper fishing with the occasional mutton snapper and black or red grouper. These 4 and 6 hour trips are really fun and well worth the money to get out there with minimal travel time and very affordable. A group of 4 can go do this for as little as 675.00 on board our 32ft center console “Intense”.

Key West New Years Weather Forecast

Gonna Get a little breezy..

Gonna Get a little breezy..

Today (friday) and most of tomorrow looks great.. Saturday night the 29th starts to get back to blustery conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Backcountry fishing will be pretty good with the Northerly blow and cooler temps as we can hide from the chop and keep it nice and calm still catching fish, but it will be cooler.

Offshore does not look all that great Sunday, Monday and Maybe Tuesday with seas coming up  with the winds.

If It were me backcountry fishing would be my focus if I wanted to get out through Tuesday New Years day. Then, the winds get back to a manageable 10 mph and it will be super nice for offshore adventures once again.

You can always get up to the minute TRUE weather and fishing reports by calling my office…. We don’t shy on the truth like some of our counterparts. We tell it like it is.. We want you to come back after you learn to trust us.

Call 1 305 292 7212  or  1-888-362-3474
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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