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December 14, 2018

Large mahi makes for a great day charter fishing in Key West


Black Fin Tuna were very active this fall on most days.

While much of coastal Florida had to deal with a severe Red Tide earlier this year. Key West got lucky and never saw any sign of it. We’ve had Red Tide scares before, but in my 30+ years on the water, it has never gotten this far South. Whether or not it affects our fishing remains to be seen. So far, we’ve had an unusually good run of Black Fin Tuna and a late run of Mahi-Mahi. Always some of my customers favorite fish to catch and great table fare. We’re starting to see some Sailfish around and a few Ballyhoo, (bait fish) on the reef. The Ballyhoo are arriving late, but the water has remained warm through most of the fall. We normally start to see it cool off in October, but we really didn’t get any strong cold fronts until late November or early December this year. Once the Ballyhoo moves out to the reef in mass, the reef should get very active also.