July 2018 Flats & Back Country Fishing Report
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On the flats our water temperatures have risen vastly affecting the afternoon flats action. Our prevailing winds have certainly lessened for the fly caster most days with the population of fish on the flats remaining steady but only during very specific tidal stages! The Bonefish action during July remains better than other species. Tarpon on the flats remain but July is slowing from the peak of Tarpon action during May and June and in fairness 99% of the Tarpon are found in the back country bays by now verses the open vastness of the flats. Permit are all but gone from the flats migrating offshore first to spawn returning at post spawn to primarily the back country slightly deeper waters and cooler water temperatures. The flats angler should continue to include Barracuda and sharks on his hit list as these cruising predators will be easily found and are typically aggressive. Understand we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing. Flats fishing is challenging and requires some angling experience to be successful including the ability to sight cast at distance to moving targets. Unless you are familiar with true flats fishing we recommend you compare the flats to the back country fishing in Key West for the experience you are seeking.
In comparison the back country is a vastly more productive trip and July remains a good time to fish the shallows in general but with an eye to early departure times forgoing the mid day and early afternoon time frame. For the angler looking for faster paced action verses the challenges of the flats species yet wanting to remain in calm, protected near shore waters our back country is the better trip choice. The overall population of fish in the back country is impressive however Tarpon are now post spawn and will be slowing. By end of July this season our Tarpon action will have dwindled to juvenile fish only for the most part and these only found in the deeper back country. The overall numbers of sport fish, edible fish, predators, and schooling species continues to be quite high to provide fast paced action while keeping things non technical in our approach. A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler to the novice angler or the family or larger groups.
The Snook on some days are ready to play but can be hit or miss as July water temperatures rise. This is a time overall of fast paced "excellent" action from the schools of BIG Jacks including some exceptionally larger fish going north of 30 pounds on rare occasion but the average "every day" Jack can easily run 10 pounds plus…an absolute blast on light tackle and top water! The 1/2 day to 3/4 day morning departure trips continue to produce best.
Our outstanding predator fishing especially for behemoth Barracuda continues in July. Sight casting to Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows continues to produce. Our Monster Shark charters are always awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks especially on the 1/2 day morning trips. We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip. We continue to enjoy an abundance of visible marine life, tropical birds on the Mangrove Island shorelines, mirror calm, crystal clear waters and more for the outdoors and nature lovers .
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!