March 7 2022 – I have seen plenty of the months of March in my career to understand how painful they can be with the winds. So bad that often times we forget what the nice days were like. This March is so far being kind to us letting us have a nice day or two before turning the fan back on. Here is my Key West fishing report and Forecast this first week in March.
The last few weeks since my last fishing report were all about a pretty decent February. Things were pretty normal. A normal number of cold fronts with normal weather for February fishing. Offshore fishing brought good “normal” fishing reports right up till the first few days of March where the winds raised their ugly heads and kept us all tied up to the dock.
Our deep sea fishing charters produced some good fish last month. The last part of February was pretty steady with a god bit of deep sea fishing action. On board the INXS my 47 ft Viking sport fishing boat we managed a pretty good on wahoo, mahi and blackfin and a surprise yellowfin tuna to make a great February for us deep sea fishing. The weather really played nice toward the end of the month for our people giving us the opportunity to catch some nice fish.
The Mahi came in on a good rip that the Gulf Stream provided for us and the wahoo were in the same areas. Earlier in the month of February, the tunas were on the prowl with this nice bonus yellowfin shown here that smashed a bait.
This month has started off with a couple of good days followed by high winds out of the East through Wednesday of this week. After that Thursday and Friday look amazing and the Gulf Stream is just 7 miles off the reef today. My guess is the Mahi will be around and ready to eat. Don’t forget that the blackfin tuna bite might be better in the late afternoon or evening and the mahi don’t really care.
Next full moon is on the 18th of March.
Time Change is on the 13th of March.
Next weekend it looks like we have a pretty strong cold front pushing through with winds on Saturday pushing up to 30 – 35 mph from the NW. Thats going to be a non starter for all of us on the big boats trying to go deep sea fishing probably Saturday and Sunday till the winds lay down briefly Monday or Tuesday. The extended forecast has the high starting up again on Wednesday – Friday with hard Easterlies. Once those winds start up my guess is there may be some sailfish tailing conditions and live baiting might be pretty good under a kite or trolled.
Pro Tip – Booking Fishing Charters – Fuel Surcharge
Make sure when you book a Key West fishing charter of any kind that there isn’t a fuel surcharge or a phantom add – on. Have them tell you up front and put it on a confirmation that the rate you have booked your fishing charter at. To be sure it is secure and complete.
Here is the skinny on fuel surcharges for fishing charters.