Key West Pro Guides - Light Tackle - July 2020 Fishing Report
By: Capt. Paul Tryon
July Weather Averages:
Rainy Days—12 on average
Wind Speed—9 mph average
Light Tackle Reef & Wreck:
Our gentle July winds are typically light and refreshing and very welcome after the stiff breezes of May and June. Gone are the gusty offshore days and with them the rougher sea conditions. This is a much calmer time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the nearer shore wreck sites as well. In fact...locally we refer to the July & August time frame as "the calms" offshore. However July brings humidity so early departures are the rule. Leave early return early as the late afternoon water and air temperatures slows things. The Grouper and Snapper family continue to produce. Yellow Tails Snapper and cousin the Mangrove Snapper are plentiful and tasty nowadays and become the stars on the reef for table fare species to target! Our elusive Permit is always challenging but July remains a peak action time for these prized sport fish as they enter into the last days of spawning. Cobia remain in decent numbers and provide quality action but are now out of the "excellent" range let's say more the "good range". Spanish and Cero Mackerel remain in the "good" range and can be counted on for fun with lighter tackle. Amberjack rebound most years in July from a low point in activity during June. The predator action with Barracuda and Sharks continues to be crazy good.
Reef & Wreck July species:
Mangrove Snapper: Excellent
Mutton Snapper: Good
Yellow Tail Snapper: Excellent
Notable: We recommend fishing morning trips for July and August as the air temps and in turn water temps slow the afternoon bite. Fish early and understand 90% of the fish will be taken before 2:00 o'clock. Reef trips in the afternoon fishing slightly deeper waters along with the patch reefs can be good trip choices 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 7 AM to 9 PM. We look forward to your call!
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