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Key West Pro Guides - Flats/BackCountry Report - August 2017
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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August Flats & Back Country Fishing Report For today's action call 866 259 4205

Back Country: Always a fun and productive trip the back country this time of year remains an excellent time for fast paced action while targeting a very wide variety of species. Anglers will appreciate our calm, crystal clear waters. Tarpon for the most part are off our radar by early August as the spawning migration that brought thousands of adult Tarpon to our waters has taken them away now. We do have a small year round "resident population" of Tarpon however their level of activity is slower in the higher water temperatures found in our back country. A Tarpon taken after August 1, is a "bonus fish" for sure. Several additional sport fish species, edible fish, and predators are in the near shore shallows now to target. Permit have for the most part returned from their offshore spawning rituals and have scattered across the back country and occasionally very early or at peak tidal times may venture onto the flats. Snook most days take up their positions on the mangrove shorelines and channel eddies with early morning low light conditions being the most productive to pursue them. Key West is not a huge Snook fishery, nothing in comparison to the Everglades just 130 miles away but we do enjoy them here. Water temperatures are well above the comfort zone for Redfish as well. The numerous schooling species will continue to provide non stop action most days. Just a few of the schooling species remaining in our bays now are the ever present brutish Jack, Lady Fish, Blue Runners, Grunts, Porgies...the list is nearly endless again in August that keeps the younger anglers happy with the super fast bite of schooling fish. A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler to the novice angler or the family. The back country is also a fly fishers dream come true with protection from the wind for casting and plentiful fish which will readily pursue a fly.

The 1/2 day to 3/4 day trips with early departure times continue to produce well but the afternoon water temperatures are high. Therefore in August the later part of the day our action slows. The Mangrove Snapper fishing continues to be very good in the back country for those who intend to save a few "keepers" for an evening meal. For serious "table fare" harvest we certainly recommend the reef & wreck trips now. The predator fishing continues. Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows are on the hit list. Our Monster Shark charters are awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the 1/2 day trips. August remains predator time so anglers can count on these aggressive species to be ready to go “head to head”. We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip in calmer waters but get off the docks early.

Flats: Our Bonefish action remains solid for August and is easily the best species to target on the flats. Permit have been rather scarce on the flats during July and August remains about the same. Permit prefer lower water temperatures than the extremes of the super shallow flats now. Some morning activity can be expected on the flats with Permit but by late morning the Permit typically will have retreated to more comfortable water conditions of the back country. The flats angler should certainly be including Barracuda and sharks on his hit list. Just a remainder that we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing. These are two totally different experiences and if you are unsure of the differences call us at 866 259 4205 for more insights.

Notable: We recommend fishing morning trips for August as the air temps and in turn water temps slow the afternoon bite. Fish early and understand 90% of the fish will be taken before 2:00 o'clock. Reef trips in the afternoon fishing slightly deeper waters along with the patch reefs can be good trips for later in the day departure times as the depths are not as drastically affected. Sharks are plentiful and active. Pursuing these heavy weight monsters on light tackle is challenging to say the least and talk about something you cannot do at home!

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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