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Key West Pro Guides - Light Tackle - August 2019 Fishing Report
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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August Fishing Report—For today's action call 866 259 4205

With August we continue through a period of outstanding action overall, but now have the highest water temperatures and humidity of the entire year to contend with. The late afternoon hours will be noticeably slower than the morning's more productive time frame. We suggest early departures fishing until early afternoon for the best success.

Light Tackle Reef & Wreck:

August is referred to as "the calms" by boat captains in Key West. This is the time of our "calmest waters" so for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions now is your best time frame to head out to the more remote and isolated offshore reef & wreck sites. The Grouper and Snapper family continue to produce very well. Yellow Tails Snapper and cousin the Mangrove Snapper are plentiful and tasty nowadays and become the stars on the reef for table fare species to target! Our Mangrove spawn this year has been awesome and produced countless "banner days" for the angler.

Our elusive Permit is always challenging but August remains a good time for these prized sport fish but be prepared to fish remote locations well offshore. Cobia typically remain in decent numbers and can provide quality action but are now well out of the "excellent" range let's say more the "good range". Spanish and Cero Mackerel remain in the "good" range and can be counted on for fun with lighter tackle. Amberjack will continue to provide brutal battles for the light tackle angler for August but we will be fishing deeper locations than thoses of just a few months ago. We have been consistently on behemoth Amberjack on the deeper wrecks along with some rare Tilefish of late. The predator action with Barracuda and Sharks continues to be almost too good as the sharks are so plentiful they can interrupt the table fare fishing from time to time. When the sharks move in on your action this time of year the angler has two choices...move the boat to a new location or simply start shark fishing.

August species for reef & wreck charters:





Mangrove Snapper--"good"



Yellow Tail Snapper--"excellent"

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 but still not our recommendation. 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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