Key West Pro Guides Offshore Report - October2020
By: Capt. Paul Tryon
October is here bringing cooler water temperatures, improving our action for the Key West angler.
From the Flats and Back Country, Near Shore out to the Reef & Ship Wreck sites to the Blue Waters Offshore the overall population and wide variety of sport fish and predator species in our local waters now offers the light tackle angler so many options…
October Weather Averages:
Air Temperature 85/76
Rain Days 11
Wind 10 MPH
This is the time of year when the offshore angler understands our run times and distances become a bit longer to reach the more productive fishing grounds offshore. Our recommendations are for early take off times but the "slightly better" fall afternoon air temperatures do allow the angler to remain comfortable providing a now much better full day charter to be experienced. However, we believe a 1/2 day charter still has real limits for the remainder of our next few weeks/months. October weather can be somewhat unpredictable therefore our captains will adjust and fish to the conditions of the day for the best results. The Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) bite remains good but is dwindling somewhat from the past few months. Dolphin ruled the offshore weed lines through September. Late October draws the Dolphin action pretty much to a close. Black Fin Tuna will pick up providing the angler with some outstanding days. October usually kicks off the Blackfin action for a couple of exceptional months. When the Blackfin Tuna fire up it signals the soon to be arriving Kingfish. Typically during October we enjoy the beginning of several months of excellent Kingfish action. Our Spanish and Cero Mackerel remain quite active traveling in large schools. October continues to be a time frame for behemoth Barracuda as these apex predators remain super aggressive. The Sailfish bite begins and improves as time moves forward in October. The rare Marlin "can" come this time of year well offshore way beyond the ½ day charter range however will always be extremely "hit or miss" in our local waters. Anglers should keep in mind that although a bit smaller in variety to pursue most of these arriving pelagic species are "schooling fish" so when contact is made it becomes total chaos with strikes on every line in the water...a great problem to deal with for sure! October species:
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)—Good
This is a time of still warm but falling water temperatures, so 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. 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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