The Keys are a destination year-round for great fishing. The summer months are no exception. It’s been a hot one and August is the peak of heat here. But that also means we get some calm mornings that are perfect for tarpon fishing. Some of the bigger tarpon have moved on in their migration but there will still be some on the ocean side and some resident tarpon around Key West Harbor and around the bridges.
Early morning and early evening fishing can be the best. Even the fish take a break in the heat of the day. This week I took a break from the flats and took the show into deeper water for some snapper, grouper and cero mackerel. It’s a nice way to mix things up and also put some food on the table.
August 6th is the start of Florida Spiny Lobster Season. The season lasts from August 6th until March 31st. A fishing license and lobster stamp are required in order to harvest lobster. The maximum per person, per day is 6 lobsters. They must be harvested by snorkeling or diving and need to be measured with a gauge. More info on lobstering can be found here: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster/.
We have some availability this month and into the fall. Fall is a great time for permit and bonefish on the flats. The offshore waters start to liven up a lot with more bait equals more species of fish.