Key West Pro Guides Offshore Report - June 2020
By: Capt. Paul Tryon
Our KEY WEST Fishing Explodes in June!
During June we continue through a period of outstanding action, some of the best offshore fishing action of the entire year. Mahi dominate the blue water. It's a time of exceptional action when fishing the waters of Key West!
Mahi Mahi dominate offshore. These “angler favorite” beautifully colored sport fish are plentiful, battle hard and taste great. June kicks off our Wahoo action. These elusive pelagic fish are renowned for lightning bolt strikes and long, line stealing runs. Wahoo should be on every anglers “Bucket List”. Time is always the number one tool for success for the angler and guide as they work in concert to pursue these impressive fish.
June Weather Averages:
Rainy Days—11 on average
Wind Speed—9 mph average
Our offshore fishing has exploded since the recent unseasonably windy conditions have passed. The winds of May behind us, with more typical June weather days the offshore bite can be spectacular. The iconic Sailfish bite continues but is waning for later June! Mahi action swings into high gear during June & July and is now the angler's bread & butter species. Mahi (Dolphin fish-Dorado) are plentiful, schooling fish that provide excellent action at a blistering pace. High leapers when hooked up, beautiful colored fish that also are a favorite for many on the dinner plate. When the Mahi are biting as they are in June, our offshore waters get busy. Wahoo arrive and the serious anglers are on the water everyday pursuing this renowned sport fish. Known for vicious strikes slamming baits, Wahoo are super-fast swimmers that make long runs providing exciting battles few species can equal. Black Fin Tuna continue to be on a tear but will be slowing as we get well into June. There are few species of pelagic fish capable of the total chaos when a school of big Black Fin or Mahi show up.
The predators remain aggressive with June 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)
June Deep Sea/Light Tackle Offshore ………….Target Species:
Blackfin Tuna…”Good” (slowing later in the month)
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)
This is a time of stable water temperatures and low winds so fishing conditions in general have settled. 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 but we do recommend the back country for the afternoon verses the flats. 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. Offshore anglers can fish full day trips comfortably now taking advantage of our well established weed lines. 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. June is a busy month on our fishing calendar! Our legendary guide team is always in high demand. We look forward to your call!
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