October 6th 2019 – October is without a doubt my favorite month for sight fishing the backcountry and fishing the flats of Key West. The weather has been a little windy and some rains are moving through the area from time to time but that does not keep us from working the shallows to show our anglers a good time targeting, casting and catching using sight fishing techniques here in Key West.
Sight fishing is exactly what it sounds like. We see the fish and cast to them. Sight fishing is most traditionally done on the flats with a trained flats fishing guide. A trained eye is needed to see the fish followed by good communication skills to instruct the angler where the target is based on the boats reference for the angler to cast to. Sight fishing can be done anywhere there is clear water and fish to cast to that anglers or fishing guide can see..
October in my experience holds some of the best sight fishing on the flats. With the grand slam of Key West bonefish, permit and smaller tarpon are lurking about the flats and shallows. Flats fishing appeals to the hunters that don’t mind a challenge and the discipline of sight fishing. October certainly holds our larger bonefish here in Key West with some fish pushing the double digits. Of course though, the larger the fish, the smarter and more weary. These last several years the Key West bonefishing has improved dramatically, we are seeing many more fish than ever.
Year round we have great Key West fishing in the shallows for barracudas, jacks and sharks but it can be especially good in October. One of my favorite fish to target with a sight caster using a fly rod or spinning rod is the barracuda. They have all the ingredients for an incredible sport fish target. Fast hard hitting strikes, Blistering runs, strong battles and if handled properly a good release. Sharks are bulky and easy to see. A shark will jump on a well presented plug or fly and then offer up a fight that is worthy of their weight. Jacks rush the flats all the time usually pushing a wake. This makes the jacks easier targets to see when coming on the flats to create havoc. Some call these fish the “b” team of sight fishing the flats here in Key West. I say they are the “Yes” Team as in Yes you will have shots and probably catch them.
Sight fishing can be done on either a flats fishing charter or on one of our bay boats during a backcountry fishing charter. We always fish the flats on either one of those trips. The only differences are the comfort of the boat and the means we use to get around the shallows. Flats fishing boats are small tiny boats that only cary 2 persons or less and use a push pole by the fishing guide to push along. Bay boats are larger more comfortable shallow water boats that can cary up to 4 persons and have trolling motors to guide us along all while we coach our anglers to the fish. Both fish in the same areas.
Don’t miss out on our great fall Key West sight fishing that will be good right on into December here in Key West. We offer 4, 6 and 8 hour trips. We even have 8 hour Marquesas Keys fishing charters sight fishing. Its a really fun way to fish.
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