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Key West Pro Guides - Light Tackle - August 2018 Fishing Report
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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August 2018 Light Tackle Fishing Report

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

August is referred to as "the calms" by boat captains in Key West. This is a much calmer time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the more remote and isolated offshore wreck sites as well. 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 was 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. Cobia remain in decent numbers and provide quality action but are now 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. We have been consistently put behemoth Amberjack in the boat from 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. 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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