January 17th 2021 – Looking out the window right now here in Key West, the only thing we are lacking is the snow. Well, and the sub freezing temps that the rest of the country is settling in with. Its really windy right now but we have better weather ahead here next week for Key West fishing in January.
Last week was pretty lack luster across the board for our fishing here in Key West. Coming up on the full moon we have not seen anything that stands out of the norm for this time of the year. Deep sea fishing we were seeing some good catches of blackfin tunas on the afternoon bite with the occasional sailfish and some mahi that came in to be caught while the Gulf Stream was pretty close. On the reef the yellowtail and mutton snapper bite was pretty good before the winds and some wahoo were caught out West by some folks that were targeting a Kingfish. In the backcountry we really thought the tarpon were going to show up again to entertain our folks with a nice early year bite but that did not happen with any consistency. To shut all that down of course we had a pretty stout cold front march through here yesterday that really rattled some windows with gusts up over 35 knots and some pretty good squalls making it a nasty day to go fishing. A typical Key West January.
I often tell folks that January fishing can be fickle. When we are deep sea fishing all it takes is one little turn of the weather and we go from targeting blackfin tunas and sailfish to popping off slammer mahi in the flip of the wind direction.. Working the backccountry we often see the same thing. But our cast of characters for the winter always show up with and wind direction this time of the year.. With the easterly winds next week we may see some tarpon start to show up. I am not seeing huge changes next week, the weather looks pretty steady till the weekend of the 22nd when another front approaches chilling us down again.
Listening to my shutters rattle outside my office window tells me the North Westerly flow from this last front is still on HIGH fan Mode. We were busy today with backcountry fishing charters that folks wanted to get out on even in the windier conditions. All the trips went well with casting and catching in the drifts for a myriad of species including some nice big bluefish.
Looking at the schedule We are starting to really get filled up for February. The last parts of January are still with some availability. Call us.. We are happy to get you out there on any arena – Inshore Or Offshore..