Winter Is Going

Winter is Leaving Key West better weather is ahead for the time being for great fishing in Key West.

mahi mahi Some Mahi Mahi have been caught in the last week here off Key West.

March 4th 2024 – Figuring out what the weather will do is no science, it’s more like a magic 8 ball. Seeing what the last 3 months have provided for us, then looking at the long range forecast it seems as though, Winter is going.. Temps in the mid 70s water temps in the shallows mirror that and the fishing has some good and some not so great reports depending on the day. Here are the highlights that I have seen..

Fishing Report

Inshore we are waiting for the tarpon to get consistent. While there have been a few caught here and there I cannot really say tarpon fishing is a thing yet. I will know tomorrow after my two inshore trips on my bay boat. I assure you I will be ready. March is one of my favorite months to go flats fishing for permit. There have been very few permit seen on the flats as of late, hoping that improves as the conditions are right for sure.. New moon comes up this weekend on the time change. Big tides, big permit on the flats in March. Barracudas have been a hoot, ready to pounce on anything that is rolled across the flats.

Cobia like this one caught over the weekend on my All In One Day Fishing Charter have been pretty steady out of Key West on some of the wrecks.

Just offshore I have fished a couple of my signature All In Wonder fishing charters and we have had a blast. The wrecks did not disappoint with good cobia and barracuda fishing. The Gulf backed it up with some good grouper fishing where we released those fish so we could run to the Atlantic and fish for mutton snapper. All were chewing well. NOTE… I did not see loads of bait anywhere, like I normally do this time of the year. Concerning?

Offshore the fishing has been up and down with the changing of the swell direction. Key West Deep sea fishing charters have produced some good mahi last week with a few sailfish scattered in the mix and the occasional wahoo. The deeper the better on the mahi and wahoo as the trend went. Fish were caught from 250 to 700 feet of water. The East bound current was at 550 or so last week but the stream is still way offshore. Coming up March is typically a windy month and I don’t expect we will escape that this year, however The long range forecast looks favorable for Easterlies that will be manageable in the 10 -15 knot range with a few exceptions over the next weekend. I betcha the mahi, wahoo and sailfish will be around with a strong tuna bite for us to the West.

Check out my Key West March Fishing Calendar to see that we expect traditionally here.

Sailfish Release deep sea fishing on board the INXS out of Key West last week.

So, as I gather my stuff to go and do prep work on my Viking 47 to do her spring maintenance items the air feels a little heavier with some humidity. I like that for the tarpon fishing in the shallows and maybe those permit will show. I am fishing pretty much every day through to next week inshore, offshore, wrecks and reefs so I will keep you all posted.

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It has been pretty slow for many fishing guides in Key West. Unusually speaking there are lots of holes in the guides I know schedules and they are hungry for trips and ready to show folks a great day on the water.. My wife handles the schedule of many fishing guides including mine for inshore flats and backcountry as well as reef, wreck and deep sea fishing charters. Call Her.. She will personally go over all the fishing charter options for you and check availability at no charge to you at all. If nothing else you get to learn some stuff..

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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