Winter Is Coming – Key West Backcountry Fishing Report

Backcountry fishing report for Key West, Florida by Capt. Steven Lamp of Dream Catcher Charters

baby tarpon fly fishing Key West Juvenile tarpon being held up by angler after he caught the fish on fly flats fishing with Capt. Steven Lamp out of Key West, Florida

November 11 2019- Temps dropped below 80 on Friday night and over the weekend we had typical November weather for a change. That means the first cold front of the year quietly slid through our islands and fall has made its 15 minutes of fame debut. What doest this mean to people going fishing in Key West? Well, thats what I am here to tell you..

Eva Holds up a beutiful Key West Speckled Sea Trout she caught fishing with Dream Catcher Charters Capt. Austin. When the trout are here everything is good..

Key West Backcountry Fishing Report

As my readers probably noticed there was a nice juvenile tarpon being held up by one of my anglers Mike that he caught on fly with me last week on the front page for this fishing report. The juvenile tarpon were lots of fun last week and we were able to get shots at many of them throughout the morning that we fished the backcountry together in the wind. Later in the week as the front came through to send our temps plummeting to 79 degrees over night the trout bite went ballistic and the bait was everywhere out in the backcountry bringing all the fish that love to eat bait in to feed.. We are already seeing some healthy trout caught which usually only happens when the water temps go down. Jack crevale have been stealing the show as well. The jacks are chasing the baits and making loads of fun for our fishing clients on light tackle. Getting up on top flats fishing the permit are still around, we have not had and bonefishing charters since the winds came up but I suspect they did not care. The rock star of the flats is the barracuda this time of the year. Light tackle enthusiasts really have a blast with them on top water..

Backcountry Fishing Forecast

This week coming up through Friday looks to be more of the same with no changes in effect. Winds will be 10-15 till the weekend with temps in the 80s and perfect fall fishing in store mimicking last week.

Jacks are a great time on light tackle durring the cooler months.

My long range look at the weather shows we have a more intense front coming through over the next weekend with a hard North wind and the temps will dip to the low 70s. This will light up the rod benders as the bait will love the cooler temps and North wind so fishing for fun fish will be HOT.. Alternatively This will have an affect on our tropical species such as bonefish and baby tarpon to start with but they will be right back on the flats by the following Monday as the warming trend starts up making it a great time to get some flats fishing in before winter..


Keep in mind that we offer backcountry fishing and Flats fishing.. We can do both on board our bay boats or our flats fishing boat. This time of the year we find our anglers are much more comfortable on our bay boats and we are able to do the same things without getting beat up with the windier conditions that November can provide.

Backcountry Fishing – The Alternative

There are many fun ways to go fishing Key West but many folks dont like or cannot handle the rough sea conditions that November can come saddled with. Key West Backcountry fishing has shown itself to be a fantastic alternative for anglers to be in calmer waters go catch fish, keep some for lunch and not have to break the bank to go fishing.

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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