February 15, 2012

Permit fishing Key West

I fished with Ted and his wife Carol from Chicago today.  We had another beautiful day with sunny skies, light southeast wind and it was warm. The water temps were still on the cool side this morning, but with warm breezes throughout the day the water temps quickly rose to a more suitable level for our permit.  The morning started off a little slow but we had plenty of shots at barracudas and sharks and couple shots at permit, with eating a crab off the hook, before I realized he at it.  Permit 1, guide 0.  We moved up to the gulfside this afternoon to catch the incoming tide.  With warming water and a rising tide, permit in real good numbers moved up onto the flat we were fishing.  The last two hours of the trip Ted caught three permit, the largest about 25 pounds and his wife carol caught a nice barracuda and a jack off a huge nurse shark.  We saw a lot of permit tailing and feeding in deeper water just off the flat. As long as we stay in the weather pattern, flats fishing in Key West will continue to be phenomenal.

Captain Mike Bartlett

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