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Vacation in the Keys during January?

Old 10-07-2018, 11:12 AM
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Default Vacation in the Keys during January?

Due to real life, we're considering a little trip to the Keys in January 2019.

Like most visitors, we'll probably do a little charter, maybe rent a boat and do a little near shore stuff, and do plenty of relaxing at various bars, enjoying the scenery.

I've only been once, and that was in July which allowed me to learn that some places are even hotter than Baton Rouge in July. Am I asking for the opposite by planning a trip in January?

I guess my question is, is the weather typically mild enough to enjoy, and do fish eat baits in January too?

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Old 10-07-2018, 02:14 PM
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We took a 5 day vacation in Key West in January 2018. Temps in low 70s. Went on a charter but the conditions were rough that day (windy) and we boated a few bonito-type fish.
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Windy
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Old 10-07-2018, 03:14 PM
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choppy ..maybe worse
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Old 10-07-2018, 07:38 PM
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The weather in the keys during winter can be beautiful. Excellent fishing, sailfish etc. Unfortunately wind can be an issue and will often blow for days and days.
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January is Tuna wahoo sails. Lots of kings mutton’s and grouper
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Inshore is ok. Offshore, you take your chances.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:38 AM
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The weather can vary drastically in the Keys in January. It can be beautiful, or it can be really cold. Pack accordingly. You should be able to get some shots at sailfish.
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:22 AM
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Originally Posted by keywestjack View Post
January is Tuna wahoo sails. Lots of kings mutton’s and grouper

doesn't all Grouper in Atlantic Federal, and Monroe State, close on December 31?
not to reopen until May 1?
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How many months for Sailfish and what are the best months down there?
On my list to do.

Where is best to charter from for them?
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:10 PM
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Roger, you cannot keep grouper in the closed areas. But gulf state waters only extend 9 miles most of our grouper fishing is down west anyway. In Gulf Federal which is open. The best sail fishing is in Costa Rica I’m not sure what time of year
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wahoos, wahoos, wahoos
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:55 PM
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sailfish, tuna ,etc., etc.
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
How many months for Sailfish and what are the best months down there?
On my list to do.

Where is best to charter from for them?
Nov.thru March. I prefer Nov.Dec.Mainly because bait is still fairly thick and typically better sea conditions.
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About every two years, I run my boat from NC to the Keys in the winter. The weather is highly variable depending on what cold fronts are doing. When a cold front passes over, it gets chilly and it blows hard. The blow can last for days. If you get lucky, you can get several days between fronts, or no fronts at all, and then you get a typical Caribbean weather pattern- NICE!!

You never know what you will get. But regardless of the weather, there is always something to do. Just need to be adaptable.
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January is pretty thick down here with tourist. Fishing can be great but with possible wind. Every species can be caught and most people focus on fishing the reef edge. I'm a wimp so I don't dive or snorkel in January...the water is FREEZING!! I've seen it down to around 74 deg at Molasses!!
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Set up your trip and once in town ,watch weather,walk the docks and pick your day and captain will put you where the fish are biting,reef or edge. If a front is coming you can figure two days when it comes thru your hometown area.Depining on how strong it may make it to the keys..Before the front the N W winds will keep you oceanside and near the edge.
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yes on all- crisp days , possibly breezy, big wahoos, sails, tunas
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