The month of June quite possibly could be the most productive month of our entire year to fish the reef & wrecks here in Key West this season with the winds of May making deeper water angling conditions difficult if not impossible some days. This is a time of blistering fast action and quality, super aggressive fish for the light tackle reef & wreck angler! The waters on the reef verses further offshore become quite comfortable most days. This continues to be a good time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the nearer shore wreck sites as well. Our captains daily have several productive fishing grounds located between the Atlantic and the Gulf so keeping the angler comfortable is no problem now. The reef & wrecks are always a better trip with a half day charter in mind based upon the much shorter and quicker travel times between marina and fishing grounds maximizing your actual "lines in the water" time verses heading well offshore.
The Grouper season opened for harvest May 1 and it has been a "Grouper fest year"! Grouper season has been closed to harvest since January 1 so you can imagine the population of large Grouper remaining and looking for that next live bait fish! Mutton Snapper remain in high gear and are aggressive providing fast paced action and some quality table fare fish as we pass through spawn time for these sought after large bottom dwellers as well. Yellow Tail Snapper (a local favorite) daily continue to provide some non stop action with anglers easily taking their limit. Large Cobia continue to cruise in "wolf packs" of three to five fish on the reef and more isolated ship wreck sites feeding aggressively but did as expected begin to slow later in May. Amberjack typically slow in June but most certainly have not yet. Big AJ remain aggressive for now but we are moving ever deeper to find them. Our elusive Permit are on the reef and wrecks and ready to go to war! Always challenging, the Permit is a sought after sport fish and prized by anglers from around the planet. June and July is the spawning time frame for Permit here in Key West. Look to move well offshore to locate large schools of Permit on remote and isolated wrecks typically. The Gulf waters become an excellent location for schooling Permit through mid July when the spawning rituals will have played out.
The ever present predators never take time off so the Barracuda bite will be strong and the shark fishing explodes. For the "adrenaline junkies" looking for huge sharks, now's the time. Bull Sharks and the occasional Hammerhead are on the prowl. These apex predators provide the ultimate battle for the angler looking for a challenge and the population of these appreciated sharks will continue to grow significantly as newly arriving sharks following the Tarpon migration settle into our local waters for the next few months!
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!