February 2018 Light Tackle Fishing Report
February can be a time of wind in Key West however the waters on the reef verses further offshore will remain quite comfortable most days. This continues to be a good time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the nearer shore wreck sites as well. Our captains daily have several productive fishing grounds located between the Atlantic and the Gulf so keeping the angler comfortable is usually no problem. The reef & wrecks are always a better trip with a half day charter in mind based upon the much shorter and quicker travel times between marina and fishing grounds maximizing your actual "lines in the water" time verses heading well offshore.
The bottom dweller Mutton Snapper shift into high gear and become aggressive providing fast paced action and some quality table fare fish. Yellow Tail Snapper a local favorite begin to fire up as well on the reef providing some non stop action with anglers easily taking their limit. Large Cobia begin to cruise in "wolf packs" of three to five fish on the reef and more isolated ship wreck sites feeding aggressively. The Grouper family will remain good for early February improving to excellent by months end, however we may not harvest Grouper as our season closed January 1. Our elusive Permit will be improving moving into the "good" range for February. Always challenging, the Permit is a sought after sport fish and prized by anglers from around the planet. February will offer the angler a better chance for success over January.
February typically allows the angler to make contact with some of the more appreciated pelagic schooling species such as Kingfish and on occasion very good Black Fin Tuna when using live bait nearer the reef.
The ever present predators never take time off but the Barracuda bite will be strong and the shark fishing explodes. For the "adrenaline junkies" looking for huge sharks, now's the time. Bull Sharks and the occasional Hammerhead will be on the prowl. These apex predators provide the ultimate "head to head" battles for the angler looking for a challenge!
Let's go Fishing! Call Key West Pro Guides today to book your charter 866 259 4205 daily 7 AM to 9 PM. We look forward to your call!