Key west fishing report May/June

Key west fishing report by Capt Anthony Skinner

The 2012 Tarpon migration has passed, It gives me a chance to look back and remember some of the highs and lows. My most memorable moment “I don’t know if this is a high or a low” was when a 100 pound tarpon ate a fly 6 feet in front of the boat and jumped in. In the process he knocked off my client Carl Knoblock, broke 3 fly rods, destroyed my rod holder and jammed a broken fly rod through 2 inches of fiberglass. This year I had the opportunity to not only teach several clients how to cast but also guided them to their first tarpon on fly. I introduced many clients to several types of hatches “guppy, crab, shrimp and palalo worm”, These hatches work the same way as a hatch on the river, find where the hatch is going on and you will find the fish. Most of the moments I would like to forget are weather related, during the 3 day Smitty and Al tournament I got rained on most days, dealt with high winds and no sun. All and all the tarpon fishing was good this season, it seemed if you had the fly, crab or soft plastic in the right spot you were rewarded with a tarpon eating your bait.

Permit fishing remained good all season when I did get out looking for them. This year I did a lot of wading for tailing permit, this is a fantastic way to get close, some of the shots we had were around 10 feet. My clients success was mixed, if you could present the fly or crab close you would get the bite, if not the permit would leave a rooster tail as he sped of the flat.

I fished bonefish just a few times and I remember, on all the trips I saw a few fish but it was not overwhelming. I did have a few caught, the coming months, I will be doing a lot more bone fishing so I should be catching a lot more then.

Many of my clients caught sharks and barracudas, these 2 are very underrated with most people wanting to catch the big 3. Barracuda are 1 of my favorite fish to catch, they are fast, absolutely crush the fly or tube lure and they jump wildly. The sharks are great because of the mystique. It is always great to see a hugh shark cruising the shallows, pitching a bait in front of the fish and then seeing him rise and eat off the top of the water.

This is the slow season in Key west but the fishing is fantastic, if you make it down we will be fishing for baby tarpon, tailing permit/bonefish and sharks.

Until next month

Capt Anthony Skinner



Posted by Capt. Anthony Skinner, on July 7th, 2012 at 11:24 am.

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