We are in the midst of our fall season transition and there is change all around us. The days are shorter, the heat is less intense and the winter residents and tourists are just a few weeks from returning to our islands. It is quiet around here for now, but migrations of all kinds are in progress.
The reef is coming alive again from shallow to deep. Late October cold fronts blew tons of bait through our area and the predators were quick to follow. We saw a surge in catches of everything from Yellowtail Snapper to Grouper and Mackerel to a few Sailfish. As it is common here, things changed quickly and the weather warmed back to Summer temperatures causing a little lull in the momentum. Now we are looking ahead to the next fronts that will fire up the hot action again, but the fishing is currently fantastic. Now is the time to get on the water before the winter winds blow and the number of the boats on the water dramatically increases.
In the water activities have been good, but are more subject to conditions day to day. Currently the water temps are 81 degrees and should steadily decrease to the mid 70’s. The Moon Jelly Fish have decreased in numbers and are much less of an issue lately. In the absence of wind, we see our visibility get better with the cooler water. Snorkeling and spearfishing are great, but we should see lobstering decline as they move out of our area for warmer waters.
Now is a great time to start planning your next trip to the Florida Keys. Holiday and weekend dates will be booking quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute to get the dates for your ocean adventure. You can book your trip now on my “Reservations” page or contact me if you have any additional questions about your trip. I hope to see you soon!!
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