Monthly Archives: October 2011
October is a great month for some of the most prized flats fish florida has to offer. The cooling water is driving resident populations of tarpon out onto the flats and channels, while the bonefish are tailing up in the backcountry. Permit are also plentiful still on wrecks and reefs, but should be moving into the flats all month. In deep water sailfish, grouper, bonito and tuna are around in good numbers, and the wahoo and kingfish are all over the place and more are being seen all the time.
It’s 71°F and partly sunny today at Tranquility Bay, with a light 14mph breeze gusting from the northeast. The ocean is calm, with breaks in the clouds illuminating particularly vibrant colors in the water. There isn’t any rain expected until at least sunday, and nothing to extreme when it does come. Anyone planning on going down to Key West for the Goombay Festival this weekend should aim for Saturday, which will have the best weather of the weekend. Sunset tonight will be at 6:52 pm, and should be wonderful with the cloud slight cloud cover.
It’s 85°F and sunny right now at Tranquility Bay. 14 mph wind is coming from the northeast, which should calm down later in the day. It should stay sunny for the next 3 days, then get a bit stormy during the weekend, but next week looks like it will be sunny again for awhile. Sunset tonight is at 7:00, and should be spectacular. The moon tonight will be 99.9 percent illuminated rising at 7:17, with only some small clouds passing in the early morning.
One of Floridas favorite seafoods, the stone crab, will once again be open for harvest next week on Oct. 15. These delicious crustaceans will be collected from all over the Florida Keys, which produces about 40% of the total 3.1 million pounds of stone crab produced each year in florida. The large claws, closer in size to a maine lobster than the blue crab, are eaten right off the dock, often paired with mustard sauce and lemon. For more information you can check out the NOAA page by clicking here.