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June Fishing Report 2020—For today's live action call 866 259 4205

Our KEY WEST Fishing Explodes in June!

During June we continue through a period of outstanding action, some of the best fishing action of the entire year. The Tarpon are providing world class action in the back country, schools of Bonefish are feeding heavily on the flats. Mahi dominate the blue water while the first choice reef species become aggressive with their spawning. 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.

Tarpon are pursued in shallow waters primarily in our "Back Country" although the "Flats" angler can target them as well. Night Tarpon charters can be awesome when the tides are favorable…the biggest Tarpon come shallow to feed at sunset. We do not recommend more than 3 anglers to a back country boat with Tarpon as a primary target. Tarpon feed nocturnally therefore early morning and sunset are the most productive time frames...Let's go fishing!

June Weather Averages:

Temperature—88/79 average
Rainy Days—11 on average
Wind Speed—9 mph average

Deep Sea/Offshore:

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:

  • Barracuda…"Excellent"
  • Blackfin Tuna…"Good" (slowing later in the month)
  • Dolphin (Mahi-Dorado)…"Excellent"
  • Marlin…"Excellent" (However the Marlin population is small in our waters therefore very hit or miss for the angler's success)
  • Sailfish…"Good"
  • Swordfish…"Good" (Specialty Charter)
  • Shark…"Excellent"
  • Mackerel…"Good"
  • Wahoo…"Excellent"

Light Tackle/Reef & Wreck:

Our gentle June winds are typically light and refreshing, very welcome after the stiff breezes of May. Gone are the gusty days of April and May 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. Grouper season is open to harvest so time to enjoy one of the best table fare species in salt water. The Snapper family continues to produce. The larger Mutton Snapper will continue to provide some exceptional days on the reef as they play out their spawning rituals now. Mutton spawn on or near the full moon (check out our Specialty Mutton Spawn Charters). Yellow Tails Snapper and cousin the Mangrove Snapper are plentiful and tasty nowadays and become the stars joining the Mutton and Grouper on the reef for table fare species to target! Our elusive Permit is always challenging but June & July is a peak action time for these prized sport fish. Cobia remain in numbers and provide 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. The predator action with Barracuda and Sharks continues to be crazy good.

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. Remember light tackle boats operate without a deck-mate. Regardless of experience, talent or effort one pair of hands may assist only so many anglers timely. We do have six passenger licensed vessels in our fleet with guides willing to accommodate these larger parties. Rarely do conditions allow for more than four anglers to be fishing simultaneously.

No more than 4 passengers for all "Specialty Charters" (Shrimp Boats, Gulf Wrecks, Towers, Tortugas, Mutton Spawn)

Light Tackle Reef & Wreck …..Target Species:

  • Barracuda…"Excellent"
  • Cobia…"Good"
  • Grouper…"Excellent" (season open to harvest)
  • Mangrove Snapper…"Excellent"
  • Mutton Snapper…"Excellent"
  • Yellow Tail Snapper…"Excellent"
  • Permit…"Excellent"
  • Shark…"Excellent"

Some "Pelagic Species" possible on Reef & Wreck trips:

  • Blackfin Tuna…"Good"
  • Sailfish…"Fair" (Just beyond the reef on rare days)

Near Shore:

Anglers take note: We have recently added a number of Hybrid Bay Boats to our fleet. Hybrids are the next generation of leading edge technology and design for the shallow water enthusiast. Hybrid boats retain the back country experience yet provide additional "creature features aboard such as an enclosed marine head (potty), T top for shade, some carry additional seating and a second elevated station for the captain so helpful when sight casting to elusive sport fish in the shallows. These larger vessels have the ability to comfortably fish our slightly deeper "patch reef areas" as well depending upon the conditions of the day. Rates are slightly higher for these larger vessels that can accommodate families from 4 up to 6 total. We do not fish 6 adults from these vessels.

"A new charter fishing option" which essentially combines "some" back country and "some" reef & wreck type action yet remains in calmer waters. We target "Patch Reefs", natural formations away from the land mass about half way to the coral reef offshore. These patch reefs remain in more protected waters keeping everyone comfortable, and within sight of land (very important to many people). You are fishing deeper waters than in the back country pursuing a different variety of fish species than you would typically find in the bays and mangrove areas. The techniques remain very non-technical for the novice angler however we can easily take things up a notch to challenge more experienced anglers.

No more than 4 passengers recommended for the ultimate fishing experience near shore-maximum 6 passengers per vessel for "families with children". We do not offer Near Shore charters for more than 4 adults on Hybrid vessels. It is possible to fish larger groups of adults aboard Light Tackle Center Console vessels in Near Shore waters.

Near Shore ……Target Species:

  • Barracuda…"Excellent"
  • Cobia…"Good"
  • Grouper…"Excellent" (season open to harvest)
  • Permit…"Excellent"
  • Snapper…"Excellent"
  • Shark…"Excellent"
  • Snook…"Excellent" (early)

Back Country:

Anglers take note: We have recently added a number of Hybrid Back Country boats to our fleet. Hybrid's are the next generation of leading edge technology and design for the shallow water enthusiast. Hybrid boats retain the back country experience yet provide additional "creature features aboard such as an enclosed marine head (potty), T top for shade, some carry additional seating and a second elevated station for the captain so helpful when sight casting to elusive sport fish in the shallows. These larger vessels have the ability to comfortably fish our slightly deeper "patch reef areas" as well depending upon the conditions of the day. Rates are slightly higher for these larger vessels that can accommodate families from 4 up to 6 total. We do not fish 6 adults from these vessels.

Always a fun and productive trip the back country this time of year remains an excellent time for fast paced action while targeting a very wide variety of species. Anglers will appreciate our calm, crystal clear waters now filled with behemoth Tarpon. The overall population of Tarpon in the back country has reached epic proportions. Plus several additional sport fish species, edible fish, and predators are in the near shore shallows now to target. Snook most days take up their positions on the mangrove shorelines and channel eddies. Redfish slow somewhat but early starts can still provide action with these brutes. The numerous schooling species will continue to provide non-stop action most days. Just a few of the schooling species remaining in our bays now are the ever present brutish Jack, Lady Fish, Blue Runners, Grunts, Porgies...the list is nearly endless again in June that keeps the younger anglers happy with the super-fast bite of schooling fish. A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler to the novice angler or the family.

Tarpon action is epic. The population of Tarpon in Key West is prolific. These behemoth sport fish are on every saltwater angler's "bucket list" and rightfully so. Key West now offers the angler a high level of success to landing possibly the largest fish of a life time. The sunset Tarpon feeding activity is stellar therefore so are our Sunset Tarpon trips. These trips are spectacular when conditions (primarily the tides) are optimal. We do not recommend more than 3 anglers as a max on our Tarpon bay boats for night trips. If you have more than three anglers understand the time restraints in catching multiple Tarpon and the need for larger vessels to accommodate the chaos that comes with a 100 pound fish going berserk at boat side.

The 1/2 day to 3/4 day trips continue to produce well as the afternoon water temperatures are still far from the highs coming in July and August so the later part of the day with good tides can still be productive but no so much for Tarpon in particular. The Mangrove and Yellow Tail Snapper fishing continues to be very good in the back country. For serious "table fare" harvest we certainly recommend the reef & wreck trips now but to include a few "keeper" fish for lunch or dinner will not be a problem in our shallows. The excellent predator fishing continues. Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows are on the hit list. Our Monster Shark charters are awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the 1/2 day trips. Remember where you find large Tarpon schools you find feeding sharks. June remains predator time especially in the Marquesas so anglers can count on these aggressive species to be ready to go "head to head". We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip in calmer waters.

Tarpon are pursued in shallow waters primarily in our "Back Country" although the "Flats" angler can target them as well. Night Tarpon charters are underway. We do not recommend more than 3 anglers to a back country boat with Tarpon as a primary target. Tarpon feed nocturnally therefore early morning and sunset are the most productive time frames...Let's go fishing! We do not recommend fly fishing from back country bay boats. Fly fishers interested in pursuing Tarpon are welcome on our flats skiffs designed with the fly caster in mind. Note Flats skiffs are two passenger maximum vessels and we will fish one flat caster at a time with the second angler "backing up" with spin gear if they choose too.

The 1/2 day to 3/4 day trips continue to produce well as the afternoon water temperatures are still far from high so the later part of the day with good tides can be awesome. Good Cobia fishing continues and can produce some quality fish and action in the back country. The Mangrove and Yellow Tail Snapper fishing continues to be very good in the back country in June. For serious "table fare" harvest we certainly recommend the reef & wreck trips now but to include a few "keeper" fish for lunch or dinner will not be a problem in our shallows. The predator fishing continues. Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows are on the hit list. Our Monster Shark charters are awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the 1/2 day trips. Remember where you find large Tarpon schools you find feeding sharks. June is peak predator time especially in the Marquesas so anglers can count on these aggressive species to be ready to go "head to head". We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip in calmer waters.

June is a spectacular time frame to make the 28 mile run to the west to fish the fabled Marquesas Atoll. The schools of Tarpon are being targeted by the apex predator sharks. Giant Barracuda can be counted on for memorable days in the atoll during June. You may refer to our very concise "Marquesas" page on www.keywestproguides.com web site for more information.

4 passenger maximum on all Back Country boats.
2-3 passengers recommended for Tarpon Charters

Back Country …..Target Species:

  • Barracuda…"Excellent"
  • Cobia…"Good"
  • Jacks "Excellent"
  • Permit…"Excellent"
  • Redfish…"Fair" (early)
  • Shark…"Excellent"
  • Snapper…"Excellent"
  • Snook…"Good" (early and late)
  • Tarpon…"Excellent"

Flats:

Our Bonefish action remains big time for June...June can certainly still produce those "Grand Slam" days where the angler successfully lands a Bonefish, a Permit and a Tarpon in the same day...a rare feat at the very pinnacle of flats fishing accomplishments. Permit on the flats/shallows are good now. Tarpon are still primarily found at home in the back country but are beginning to venture out and can be found on the deeper flats and channel edges now. The flats angler should certainly be including Barracuda and sharks on his hit list. Just a remainder that we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing. These are two totally different experiences and if you are unsure of the differences call us at 866 259 4205 for more insights. If you have interest in fly fishing head to the flats!

Fly fishers are welcome on our flats skiffs designed with the fly caster in mind. Note Flats skiffs ate two passenger maximum vessels and we will fish one fly-caster at a time with the second angler "backing up" with spin gear if they choose too.

Just a remainder that we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing. These are two totally different experiences and if you are unsure of the differences call us at 866 259 4205 for more insights.

2 passenger maximum on all Flats Boats. 1 Fly-Fisher maximum casting at any time.

Flats …..Target Species:

  • Barracuda…"Excellent"
  • Bonefish…"Excellent"
  • Cobia…"Good" (on the days when Cobia are sighted following Rays on the flats)
  • Permit…"Excellent"…(a friendly reminder of just how elusive this sport fish can be especially on fly)
  • Shark…"Excellent"
  • Tarpon…"Excellent" (there are always far greater numbers of Tarpon found and caught in the back country)

Notable:

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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