Winter time fishing in Key West

February 01, 2016 by David Moloney

Trip Info

The Catch
Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Mangrove)
Grouper (Black)
Jack (Horse-eye)
Snapper (Mutton)

We had a half day which we started after some rain passed in the morning. We left the dock at about 10 am and started our day looking for bait. We wanted fish for eating and knew that our best bet for catching nice snapper and yellow jack would be to get live pilchards. We had to search for quite some time to find the bait which was scarce and in an uncommon location but the time was well spent. We stopped at a little spot that has been quite productive lately with snook, snapper, tarpon and yellow jacks. As soon as we pulled up there were fish all around the boat, mostly small jacks but still a great sign. After I threw a few hand fulls of live baits out to get the fish eating we started reeling em in. Non-stop action for about 2 and 1/2 hours. Evrery snapper we caught was at least 15 inches and we caught a really nice yellow jack. The snapper were so thick, they were eating every cast. We also caught a few other species of jacks and grouper. We had a few goliath grouper on that we couldn’t stop and they broke off but they were not our targets. We had a very productive day and had excellent table fare for dinner. The snapper bite was definitely on fire and we got exactly what we wanted. If you are down in the keys give us a call and we will catch the fish that you want.

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Captain David Moloney operates the Grateful Dave Charters, offering inshore fishing excursions in the lower Florida Keys (from Big Pine Key to Key West) for a variety of species congregating on the flats and nearshore waterways. The crew utilizes…