The first real cold front of the year has finally made its way down to the Lower Keys. The cooler water temperatures have pushed the large Barracuda onto the shallow flats where they can warm up in the sun. What this means for me and my anglers is the availability to pursue these magnificent creatures on light tackle and Fly gear in gin clear water. Its an experience like none other. Aggressive, fast, powerful and acrobatic are some of the words used to describe these trophy game fish.
If your tired of shoveling snow, do yourself a favor and get down here as soon as possible to take advantage of this unbelievable fishery!
The last few weeks have proven to be outstanding as both the weather and the fishing have been great! As we begin to approach the winter months, typically cold fronts move in and chill the waters down as well as introduce a fair amount of wind to the Lower Keys. Thus far however, the weather has been relatively mild. The water temps are still in the lower to mid 70's with average day time highs in the low 80's. That means both fish and angler are happy. Super comfortable conditions for hunter and hunted equal a great time on the water. Cooler water has brought in our seasonal predator, the Barracuda. They can be found on channel edges and flats basking in the sun. My buddy Tom fished with me a few days ago and was fortunate enough to catch the biggest "Cuda" I have landed on my skiff to date. I have seen a few bigger but never landed one. He was sight fished in a foot of water and destroyed a properly placed tube lure.
As the mid day sun warms the flats, Bonefish have been plentiful and frisky. I did a trip with the crew from Wilderness Systems Kayak to shoot a promo video for some new products and was able to put them on some Bones and a wide variety of other species.
Also last week, restaurateur David Snyder from St. Simon's GA, fished with me and missed a SLAM only by some unfortunate luck. Numerous Tarpon refusals in the morning and missed opportunities at Permit made the day frustrating as sight fishing can sometimes be. We were however fortunate to land a nice Bonefish.
This type of action should remain constant so book your trip with me soon and come experience what the Lower Keys has to offer. You wont regret it.
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