August 2016 Fishing Report
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August brings heat and fantastic action for Key West angling.
From the Flats and Back Country to Offshore the overall population and wide variety of species in our local waters offers the light tackle angler so many options…
This is the time of year when the offshore angler understands rising water temperatures force run times and distances to become a bit longer to the more productive fishing grounds offshore. Our recommendations are for early take off times or no more than ¾ day (six hour charters) due to the afternoon rising water temperatures. However, we believe a ½ day charter has real limits for the remainder of our warmer months.
It’s Wahoo time! This is an exceptional time to target your always elusive “Whoo” in Key West. The Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) bite remains good. Dolphin rule the offshore weed lines. Our Spanish and Cero Mackerel remain quite active traveling in large schools. This is a time frame for behemoth Barracuda as these apex predators really become super aggressive. The rare Marlin “can” come this time of year well offshore way beyond the Â½ day charter range and will always be extremely “hit or miss” in our local waters.
Reef & Wreck:
This time of year brings calmer waters on the reef verses further offshore. This becomes a perfect time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the remote wreck sites as well. Many of the elusive Permit have migrated back from the offshore spawning grounds and schooled up on the shallower Gulf Wrecks. Cobia are commonly taken from these same locations and both would fall in the “good range” for action. Our resident reef and wreck species such as Snapper and Grouper continue with predictably good action although the Mangrove Snapper spawn has happened. The Amberjack are running large and still hitting aggressively. This action should remain for all of August before slowing. Most days we fill the fish box with those wonderful “table fare” species such as Yellow Tail Snapper quickly. Sharks and large Barracuda and absolutely everywhere and if you feel well rested, friends they are always ready to go “head to head”. This is the best charter in our recommendation this month to be enjoyed on a ½ to ¾ day charter especially to the reef.
Always a fun and productive trip the back country this time of year also offers an abundance of visible marine life and tropical birds on the Mangrove Island shorelines with mirror calm, crystal clear waters. The overall population of fish in the back country remains large with several sport fish species, edible fish, and predators to target. A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler to the novice angler or the family or groups numbering up to 4 anglers. The back country is also a fly fishers dream come true with protection from the wind for long casts and plentiful fish which will readily pursue a fly.
Tarpon time is over in the back country as the migration of adult fish has taken place. Remaining is our resident population of primarily juvenile Tarpon and these fish are super sensitive to changing conditions and become very “hit or miss”. Some Tarpon are still here but we typically do not target them now!
The ½ day to ¾ day morning departure trips continue to produce well. For a serious fishing experience we do not recommend fishing past 2-3 Pm daily as our shallow waters rising temperatures will slow the action. Permit can be pursued on the shallow patch reef and isolated shallow wrecks and the bite is good on quality size fish most days. Snook on the given day continue. Cobia fishing continues but these fish have scattered. This is a time of fast paced “excellent” action from the schools of BIG Jacks including some huge Yellow Jacks continue to be red hot with the larger fish going north of 25 pounds…an absolute blast on light tackle and top water!
The Mangrove and Yellow Tail Snapper fishing remains excellent in the back country. For serious “table fare” harvest we recommend the reef & wreck trips but to include a few fish for lunch or dinner this is never a problem in our shallows.
The predator fishing continues. Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows are on the menu. Our Monster Shark charters are awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the ½ day trips. This is predator time so these aggressive species are always ready to go “head to head” so you adrenaline junkies out there should sight casting top water lures to cruising Barracuda! The Bonefish population in the back country has been fun lately on the deeper flats due to the rising water temperatures. For the serious Bonefish angler the flats is your trip but to include the possibility of Bonefish on the back country trips is reasonable. We “highly recommend” a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip.
Bonefish continue to provide excitement for the patient angler willing to work for his prey. The Bonefish action this time of year can produce quality size fish ranging from 4 to 8 pounds. The flats angler could include Barracuda and sharks on his hit list if so inclined. 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. If Bonefish are on your angling “bucket list” this is a good time to book your trip with one of our legendary flats guides.
This is a time of rising water temperatures but good fishing conditions continue, friends. We still recommend fishing early morning trips as the most productive over the later afternoon hours for the serious angler. The PM half day trips can be quite enjoyable especially for those people just looking to stay in calm waters and enjoy a fun few hours catching fish. Sharks are plentiful now and active in the shallow waters of our back country. Pursuing these heavy weight monsters on light tackle is challenging to say the least and talk about something you cannot do at home! Black Tip, Lemon and at times Bull are the more common of the several sharks cruising the shallows. Granted not overly dangerous, certainly not for the faint of heart, sharks in the shallows will provide you with memories of a lifetime. Are you up for it?
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!