Key West fishing has been a bit tough due to some prevailing southeast winds this week. The tarpon are here (so don’t fret) but they are not biting as good as expected. We had a couple good days of tarpon fishing in the harbor and jumped eight fish and landed two of them.
For the entire month of May I will be fly fishing for tarpon and I am very excited about it. We’ve been fishing them in the early morning and later evening for them with flies and getting them on darker patterns. For added action try a tarpon bunny with a rabbit strip tail. The movement seems to be something that the tarpon cannot resist.
Bonefishing has improved quite a bit as the water has warmed up. Air temps have been in the 80s all week and it has been great for bonefishing the flats. If you are wanting to try and get them on a fly, a Foxy Clouser or tan and white clouser minnow with light barbel eyes has been working well. Some of the bonefishing we do in the lower Florida Keys is real shallow and therefore not as much weight is needed.
There are still some nice permit on the flats. This time of year the permit take some time off and leave the flats to spawn offshore. They can be found in schools of a hundred or more on shallow reefs and wrecks.