Key West Fishing 01-22-16

If you are looking for some fabulous fishing weather, head down to the Keys this weekend. It's been gorgeous lately offshore with clear skies, gentle breezes, and tranquil seas. The south/southeast winds have been blowing at about 10 to 20 knots. You can take your pick of either the Atlantic side or the Gulf for some excellent deepwater action.

Approximately 8 to 15 miles from the Key West Marina towards the Atlantic, there are plentiful sport-fish to battle, especially Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, and Wahoo. These thrilling species have been biting live bait such as Herring or Pilchards in depths of approximately 120 to 220 feet. If you'd like to do some bottom fishing, Mutton Snapper have also been running. Bill Wallace, captain of the Outcast, guided quite a nice half-day expedition, claiming 2 Sailfish and 6 Mahi Mahi (also known as Dolphin or Dorado).

About 8 to 20 miles towards the Gulf of Mexico, King Mackerel, ranging from 20 to 45 pounds, have been very active and hitting live bait. Anglers should see plenty of success by using Herring and Blue Runners. Tony Miller, captain of the Coolwater, recently guided one of his anglers to snag a 43-pounder.