Is It “Tarpon Time” In Key West?

Is It Tarpon Time in Key West? The Key West tarpon fishing report.

tarpon jumping after being hooked up One of the best parts of tarpon fishing is the jumps

March 8 2020 – The winds have been relentless the last few days and it looks like they wont let up till Tuesday. With that, we are expecting a nice warm up that will certainly put the fuel to the Key West tarpon fishing.

Beginning Of Tarpon Season

I typically tell our fishing clients that tarpon fishing officially starts In late March. In my 25 years as a tarpon fishing guide in Key West this has held pretty true. A couple things like late cold fronts or a cold winter can bump this back a bit. A warming trend in February can have us in tarpon neck deep. By and large mid March is the line we use to say.. OK, they are here and we have a shot at them.

After the blow this weekend things will settle down a bit. The water temps will climb again and the clarity will get better with the fresh steady Easterly pattern that will follow. With the full moon on Monday there will be some good tides to usher in the changes needed to set us up for good Key West fishing across the board. It also looks like high pressure will prevail keeping us relatively dry and in the Easterly Flow.

What does all that mean.. Well, to me it means it will be “Tarpon Time”.. The kickoff to our 2020 Key West tarpon fishing season. We are already seeing a good number of fish in the right places. Once the dust settles from this blow I think we will have some solid chances of getting our anglers into some tarpon this coming week.

I will put up another tarpon fishing report at the end of this week to see how it turned out.

We have some openings in our schedule this week coming up. With the full moon in March (Monday the 9th) I don’t see a favorite between morning and afternoon bite. The crowds have been lighter out there in the afternoon and typically I love the first light bite on a full moon but prefer the afternoon for a longer session this time of the year.

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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