Capt. Justin Rea
January 2017 Key West Fishing
Greetings from the Keys and the best for 2017 to all!
Our winter weather is rolling in as I write this post. Winds are up but the sun is shining and it’s still warmer than anywhere else in the Continental USA. Generally when the wind blows hard we have to resort to some creative fishing tactics. Fishing the lee of the islands is one great way to see the shallows and stay out of the wind. Generally in winter the south side of our islands is calm with a prevailing north to north east wind. We can get out there pretty easily from various points and can fish the flats. This time of year it’s all dependent on the temperature of the water. Bonnethead sharks are a sure blast on light tackle and with a fly. They look like a mini-hammerhead shark and can certainly tear some line off a reel in a hurry. We have jacks of all sizes, some are just as big and fight just as hard as a permit. The best quarry this time of year is the barracuda. If you don’t think they fight hard, think again! A cuda will follow a tube lure right to the edge of the boat and if he decides to eat it, it’s on and the scream of the line and the powerful jump of this fish will convince you this is truly a top notch gamefish.
We have a barracuda tournament coming up in early February called the Cuda Bowl. The tournament is in it’s 7th year running and we expect another great turn out. The tournament is affordable to enter and anglers of all abilities are welcome to participate. The tournament runs out of Hurricane Hole on Stock Island on February 3rd & 4th. Our kick-off event is at ‘My New Joint’ just upstairs from the famous Square Grouper Bar & Grill on Cudjoe Key. Check out our website at www.cudabowl.com for details. We have some great sponsors this year too! Entry is $250 for one angler and $50 additional for a 2nd angler. Max of 2 per boat. We have great awards and prizes from some of our sponsors and the winners in the fly and spin division also get $450 gift cards for Hurricane Hole Bar & Grill (perfect for Superbowl Sunday).
We have some open days in January so contact us if you will be in the area and want to get out on the water.