December Fishing In Key West

The weather has been beautiful in the Florida Keys of late, with calm seas, gorgeous sunny days, and light south to southeast winds ranging from ten to twenty knots. There's been some excellent fishing in Key West of late on both the Atlantic side as well as the in the Gulf of Mexico.

On the Atlantic side, offshore anglers have been having success utilizing live bait to catch Wahoo, Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna approximately eight to fifteen miles from the docks while fishing in Key West. They've been hitting Pilchards as well as Thread-fin Herring. We've been having the most success in one hundred twenty to two hundred twenty feet of water. Bottom fishing with Mutton Snapper has also been good lately. We recently had a really nice half day outing, bringing back two of four Sailfish and a half dozen Mahi Mahi.

On the Gulf of Mexico side, anglers are regularly nabbing twenty to forty-five pound King Mackerel approximately eight to twenty miles from port on the Coolwater recently reported a forty-three pounder on one of his charters. The King Mackerel are also hitting the live bait, including Herring and Blue Runners.