Florida Keys Fishing Reports

Key West Pro Guides - Light Tackle - October 2020 Fishing Report
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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

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 Light Tackle Reef & Wreck:

October continues with calmer waters on the reef verses further offshore. This continues to be a perfect time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the remote wreck sites as well. The elusive Permit is schooled up on the shallower Gulf Wrecks and typically October can produce some quality trips and individual large fish. Amberjack come to life late in October providing outstanding battles on light tackle gear. Cobia are commonly taken from these same locations and remain in the "good range" for action through November. Our resident reef and wreck species such as Snapper family and Grouper family continue with predictably good action. This is a particularly productive period for large Yellow Tail Snapper on the reef. On the shallower "patch reef's" the Red Grouper should be plentiful if not huge. Many calm days our Back Country guides will fish these same “patch reef” areas with great success as is commonly done based upon conditions. Most days we fill the fish box with those wonderful "table fare" species such as Mangrove and Yellow Tail Snapper along with the tasty Jack family found in our waters in huge numbers. Sharks and large Barracuda are absolutely everywhere and if you feel well rested, friends they are always ready to go "head to head". This is the best charter in our recommendation this month to be enjoyed on a 1/2 to 3/4 day charter. October Reef & Wreck Species:

Amberjack—Slow (to start however improving daily when deep dropping)


Grouper Family-Excellent

Kingfish-Good (although pelagic…may be found near reef and wreck areas)



Snapper Family—Good (Mangrove & Yellowtail)


Tuna “Blackfin”-Good to Excellent--(although pelagic…may be found near reef and wreck areas)


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. The PM half day trips 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. Sharks are plentiful. Pursuing these heavy weight monsters on light tackle is challenging to say the least and talk about something you cannot do at home! Black Tip, Lemon and at times Bull are the more common of the several sharks cruising the shallows. Shark fishing will provide you with memories of a lifetime. Are you up for it? 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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