January Fishing Is Nice | Changes Next Week

Yellowtail snappers

January 9 2022 – Well that was pretty nice start to January fishing last week with air temps in the mid 70s and winds down around the 10 – 12 knots mark here in Key West. The hustle and bustle of Key West slowed a bit but our fishing charter schedule still stayed pretty busy both in the backcountry and offshore. As Key West starts to get prepped for the up coming season the weather will make a bit of a change at the end of the week.

Fishing Report

Our most popular fishing charter last week was backcountry fishing. We had some great catches of nice sized speckled sea trout and great rod bending with jacks and barracudas. Seems as though every trip was coming back with some nice mangrove snappers or mutton snappers for some lunch dates. For some of our anglers we had a nice push of New Years Tarpon to highlight a great week in the back.

The offshore front was mixed last week. The blue water bite deep sea fishing really came to a stop after an outstanding Christmas week we had on mahi mahi we were crushing before. Seemed like any formidable Palegic worth fishing for was very tough for all of us. We really thought the new moon would turn up a wahoo or two but not many takers. A few sailfish were caught but I feel most of the fleet, including us on deep sea fishing the “InXS” was trying to eek out a bite on the reef in the form of cero mackerels, barracudas or reef fish. We had a pretty good time Trolling The Reef.

Trolling Mutton Snapper
This was one of our mutton snappers we caught trolling the shallow reefs off Key West. We put some nice meat in the box.

Fishing Forecast

This weekend has some wind that came up making things a bit nautical out of the East today and yesterday with no real temp changes. I see that Monday has a good bit of relief wind-wise and we will be taking advantage on board the “InXS” with a 6 hour deep sea fishing trip to see how things have shaken up with the Gulf Stream a little closer. I am certainly looking forward to that. On Tuesday it starts to blow again followed up on Wednesday with a nice HOWL of winds up to 30mph in the forecast. A chill down is evident after the blow with air temps into the 60s for a few days. This will certainly drop the backcountry water temps. These lower temps will put that New Year tarpon fishing bite on hold but the rest of the species we fish for will be LIT!

Carrying us into next week the 17th of January things look to be more winter like here in Key West. This will make for great fishing both inshore on the backcountry and offshore reef and deep sea.

Be sure to check out my January Fishing Species Calendar.
A comprehensive look at Key West Fishing In January.

Key West Fishing Charters

Looks like this week coming up will be a bit snotty. I recommend looking into the backcountry fishing and definitely staying near shore through Thursday. As the chill starts at the end of the week it will be really interesting to see how things unfold offshore deep sea fishing. I expect the blackfin tunas to be more consistent and the sailfish to start making some more consistent appearances. End of the week looks very fish-able for deep sea fishing and reef 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