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Key West Pro Guides - Flats/BackCountry Report - February 2018
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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February 2018 Flats & Back Country Fishing Report

For today's action call 866 259 4205

On the flats our water temperatures have not helped the Bonefishing and the February winds can make sight-casting difficult on given days. The Bonefish action during February improves from last month and continues to get better daily as we work towards March. Permit action will begin to improve by mid-February for the flats angler to begin getting shots our most elusive shallow water sport fish. The flats angler should continue to include Barracuda and sharks on his hit list as these cruising predators will be easily found and are typically aggressive. Tarpon remain out of the action on the flats for now. Understand we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing.

In comparison the back country is a very productive trip in February for the angler looking for faster paced action verses the challenges of the flats species and back country easily remains our first recommendations for anglers looking to stay shallow this month. The overall population of fish in the back country has maintained staggering numbers with several sport fish species, edible fish, predators, and several schooling species which will provide super fast paced action while keeping things non technical in our approach. Tarpon time is beginning with 'baby-steps' in the back country but late February. We continue to enjoy an abundance of visible marine life, tropical birds on the Mangrove Island shorelines, mirror calm, crystal clear waters and more for the outdoors and nature lovers . A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler, the novice angler or the family and larger groups.

The Redfish action is good for February most years although Key West is not known for being a great Redfish destination like that of the Everglades. Meanwhile Snook remain difficult to trigger with the winter time water temperatures. This is a time of fast paced "excellent" action from the schools of BIG Jacks including some exceptionally larger fish going north of 25 pounds…an absolute blast on light tackle and top water! Sea Trout and Pompano are abundant and are one of the best "indicator" species to showcase our current winter time patterns. Snapper are always plentiful and for the angler or group looking to enjoy a leisurely few hours on the water yet looking to keep some fish for dinner at the marina's waterfront restaurant the prefect target species in the back country.

Our outstanding predator fishing especially for behemoth Barracuda continues in February. Sight casting to Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows continues to produce adrenaline rushes for the angler! The Marquesas being remote and isolated from the nearer Key West fishing grounds are an exceptional trip for the angler looking for explosive action targeting Barracuda. Our Monster Shark charters are always awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the 1/2 day trips on the calmer days. We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip. The 1/2 day to 3/4 day morning departure trips continue to produce well however the afternoon water temperatures are not as high now so the later part of the day with good tides can be awesome.

Let's go Fishing! Call Key West Pro Guides today to book your charter 866 259 4205 daily 7 AM to 9 PM. We look forward to your call!

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