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

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July 2018 Light Tackle Fishing Report

The month of July remains a very productive time to fish the reef & wrecks here in Key West. This is a time of solid action and quality fish for the light tackle reef & wreck angler! The waters on the reef verses further offshore remain quite comfortable most days as we enter into a very "light winds" time of year. This becomes a perfect 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 morning trips are the more enjoyable experiences fishing early and returning to the marina by early afternoon beating the days higher/late afternoon temperatures and humidity.

The Grouper bite remains stellar! Mangrove Snapper remain in high gear and are aggressive providing fast paced action and some quality table fare fish as their spawning rituals play out now. Yellow Tail Snapper (a local favorite) daily continue to provide some non stop action with anglers easily taking their limit. This seasons Yellow Tail have been above average size and they are plentiful. Large Cobia continue to cruise in "wolf packs" of three to five fish on the reef and more isolated ship wreck sites feeding aggressively and will remain active for July overaall we would place their aggressiveness in the "good" but not "excellent" range. Big Amberjack remain aggressive for now. 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. May-June and July is the very peak of activity for the angler providing a solid chance for success on the reef and wrecks.

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 routinely in our waters however so far this year we have seen more unusual sharks for our area such as Tiger and even the Great White. These apex predators provide the ultimate battle for the angler looking for a challenge. There are no shortages of sharks in Key West this year! 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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