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Key West Pro Guides Offshore Report - April 2020
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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April Fishing Report 2020—For today's live action call 866 259 4205

Our KEY WEST Fishing is Exploding!

April is full on Tarpon and Sailfish season in Key West. Here are some helpful insights to anglers interested in targeting these iconic sport fish.

Sailfish are spawning well offshore. These are elusive nomadic sport fish that remain in constant motion. Time is the number one tool for success for the angler and guide as they work in concert to pursue these “bucket list” impressive fish.

We expect to experience an outstanding Sailfish seasons this year possibly one of the best in the last decade. Now comes Mahi Mahi time to dominate the blue water. It's a time of exceptional action when fishing the waters of Key West! You may have the fishing rod knocked out of your hand over the next few months friends.

April Weather Averages:

Temperature—82/74 average

Rainy Days—3/6 average

Wind Speed—12 mph average

Deep Sea/Offshore: As we enter April conditions improve for the anglers looking to fish deep. The iconic Sailfish is in high gear! Our Sailfish action so far this year overshadows recent past years easily and we look to an exceptional April and May...always elusive however the recent success rate for Sailfish day to day has remained quite high. April does signal the end for our Kingfish action unfortunately but Kings typically go out with a bang. April sees an explosion in the aggressiveness of Black Fin Tuna which have consistently plentiful and of quality size for some time already. There are few species of pelagic fish capable of the total chaos when a school of big Black Fin show up. Mahi action enjoyes a huge upswing during April and will rapidly become the angler's bread & butter species. Mahi (Dolphin fish-Dorado) are plentiful, schooling fish that provide excellent action at a blistering pace while keeping things non-technical for the angler. High leapers when hooked up, beautiful colored fish that are also a favorite for many on the dinner plate. When the Mahi are biting, businesses close on the gets that good!

The predators remain aggressive with April being an awesome month for large Barracuda. We have moved into an exciting period for offshore angling however, we always believe a 1/2 day charter still has some 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. No more than 4 passengers recommended for the ultimate fishing experience-maximum 6 passengers per vessel. 6 passenger vessels are limited availability and it is understood when larger groups are aboard it may affect the experience.

No more than 4 passengers for all “Specialty Charters” (Shrimp Boats, Gulf Wrecks, Towers, Tortugas, Mutton Spawn)

April Deep Sea/Light Tackle Offshore ………….Target Species:


Blackfin Tuna…”Excellent”

Dolphin (Mahi-Dorado)…:”Excellent”


Marlin…”Excellent” ( However the Marlin population is small in our waters therefore very hit or miss for the angler’s success)


Swordfish…”Good” (Specialty Charter)


Spanish Mackerel…”Excellent moving to Good”


Notable: This is a time of more stable slowly rising water temperatures so fishing conditions in general will settle in and improve, friends. We still recommend fishing morning trips if going shallow as they remain the most productive over the later afternoon hours for the serious angler but again the afternoon trips are good. The PM half day trips have improved and can be quite enjoyable especially for those people just looking to stay in calm waters and enjoy a fun few hours catching fish. Reef trips in the afternoon fishing slightly deeper waters along with the patch reefs can be very good trips for later in the day departure times. 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 8 AM to 9 PM. Remember 2-4 weeks in advance is recommended for peak fishing season dates December through June. April and May are the busiest months of our entire fishing calendar! Our legendary guide team is always in high demand. We look forward to your call!

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