The weather always plays a factor in fishing anywhere you go in the world. People come here on vacation hoping for the best weather possible but sometimes it just doesn’t end up being so. My advice – fish your conditions.
No one is going to tell on you if you are a hard core fly angler and you pick up a spinning rod because the wind is blowing 30 mph. In fact, you might just like it!
The Cuda Bowl tournament a few weeks ago was such harsh winds the first day that we cancelled fishing to ensure the safety of our anglers and guides. Still there were a few who went out just to fish and I know at least one of them put down the fly rod and picked up a spinning rod just to get the thrill of hooking a barracuda.
I think there is a fever out there this month for Barracuda. Ask anyone who has been out there fishing for barracuda, it’s addictive. The fish will explode on a fly or tube lure and are not afraid to follow it all the way to the boat!
Here are some details on a meeting you can attend if you are in the Lower or Upper Keys on February 22nd regarding the protection of Barracuda:
This is a chance to further improve barracuda regulations. The new regs, which went into effect on Nov. 1, 2015, apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only, and include:
– Recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two fish per person and
– Recreational and commercial daily vessel limit of six fish per vessel.
Unfortunately, a slot size was turned down by commissioners. We AT LKGA believe a slot size is still important to the overall barracuda stock and urge members to show up in support of cuda at these upcoming meetings.
Monday, Feb. 22- Key West
Harvey Governmental Center
1200 Truman Ave.
Wednesday, Feb. 24-Islamorada
Founders Park Community Center
87000 Overseas Hwy.
Keep an eye out for the weather to get better and low and behold the permit and tarpon will be coming back to play in larger numbers. Due to some life events for some of my returning anglers I do have a few openings during the spring and early summer for tarpon fishing. Email me if you are interested!