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Key West Pro Guides Offshore Report - August 2019
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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August Fishing Report—For today's action call 866 259 4205

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

Deep Sea/Light Tackle Offshore:

Our offshore fishing continues with Mahi Mahi action as our bread and butter. The Mahi bite remains excellent for August but the slowing for these awesome fish is on the horizon towards September. Mahi (Dolphin fish-Dorado) are plentiful, schooling fish that provide excellent action at a blistering pace most days. High leapers when hooked up, beautiful colored fish that also are a favorite for many on the dinner plate. Mahi are super fast growing fish that can reach up to twenty pounds in their first year therefore we are entering a time frame of catching some of the largest Mahi of the season over the next few weeks. Wahoo are prized and very sought after, elusive sport fish that peak in July & August in our waters and the Wahoo bite has been quite good so far with several trips offshore taking multiple nice fish. August still provides some good Spanish and Cero Mackerel action but here again these species will be slowing by months end.

The predators remain aggressive with August also being an awesome month for large Barracuda. We have moved into an exciting period for offshore angling however a 1/2 day charter for pelagic species has challenges with ever changing travel times between marina and fishing grounds. Best bet book at least the 3/4 day (six hour trip) especially if you are a party of three or four or more and get on the water early.

Offshore species for August:



Cero Mackerel--"good"

Spanish Mackerel--"good"

Wahoo--"excellent" (Wahoo are elusive pelagic fish and never a sure thing)

Notable: We recommend fishing morning trips for August as the air temps and in turn water temps slow the afternoon bite. Fish early and understand 90% of the fish will be taken before 2:00 o'clock. Reef trips in the afternoon fishing slightly deeper waters along with the patch reefs can be good trips for later in the day departure times as the depths are not as drastically affected but still not our recommendation. Sharks are plentiful and active. Pursuing these heavy weight monsters on light tackle is challenging to say the least and talk about something you cannot do at home!

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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