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Still Plenty of Action in the Key West waters

Capt. Richard Houde
August 1, 2017
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

As the summer progresses, the fishing in Key West tends to polarize. The warm waters tent move the Dolphin further off shore. Most of the boats bringing in a catch of Dolphin are on a full day and fishing out on or past the "drop off" or "wall". Fishing in 850ft-2,000ft of water and most of the fish are being found under birds. For some reason, there is not much Sargasso weed to be found this year, which is unusual.
Inshore, there is still plenty of action with Bonitos, Barracuda and the occasional Mackerel. The Gray Snappers are starting to bite for those that want to anchor up and bottom fish. Early morning or late evening is best, both in terms of the fish biting and the anglers not baking in the July sun. This time of year, you can't drink too much water. Beer, soda and coffee all tend to dehydrate your body, so make sure you drink lots of water and some drinks with electrolytes. Once you are dehydrated, it's very difficult to consume enough liquids to get re-hydrated on the boat.
We've been fishing mostly half days as many of the summer customers are not as serious about fishing as our winter clientele and many don't want to be in the summer heat for a full 8 hrs. This doesn't mean you can't catch a good fish on a half day, in the last week or so, we've had a sailfish and a 76 lb wahoo on half day trips. The Wahoo was the biggest Wahoo I've had on the boat and my 3 in the 70+lb range. We caught it in 109 ft. of water, so you never know.

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703 Catherine St
Key West, FL 33040
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