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

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October Fishing Report—For today's action call our "live line" at 866 259 4205

October is here bringing cooler water temperatures. Fantastic action for Key West angling continues. Offshore the overall population and wide variety of species in our local waters offers the angler so many options…

Deep Sea/Offshore: This is the time of year when the offshore angler understands our run times and distances to 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.

The Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) bite remains good but is dwindling from the past few months. Dolphin ruled the offshore weed lines through August and early September. Late October draws the Dolphin action pretty much to a close. Our Spanish and Cero Mackerel remain quite active traveling in large schools. Black Fin Tuna have already provided the angler with some outstanding days a bit early this year in our thinking. 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. This continues to be a time frame for behemoth Barracuda as these apex predators really remain super aggressive. The rare Marlin "can" come this time of year well offshore way beyond the ½ day charter range and will always be extremely "hit or miss" in our local waters. Anglers should keep in mind that although a bit smaller 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!

To be clear...the term "deep sea" refers to a type of fishing not a type or size of vessel. Many people associate "deep sea" with a large "sport fisher" boat...twin diesel powered, air conditioned cabin, large Tuna Tower, a fighting chair, deck mate, etc.

Key West is typically referred to as a "light tackle" sport fishing destination and our fleet of 31 state of the art vessels is comprised of mostly light tackle boats. We do however have "sport fisher" vessels and top captains available for our guests looking for the ultimate "offshore" experience. We run Ferrari's and we run Limousine' decide! will be fishing the exact same waters, targeting and catching the exact same fish whether from a Light Tackle center console boat or a Sport Fisher boat. With groups of more than 4 (6 is maximum) we recommend our sport fisher option as best with the additional deck mate aboard to assist your party.

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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