Heyyy Fishy People! It's time for another VERY juicy fishing report from Islamorada! As we settle into this cooler weather the tarpon have moved out, but massive schools of redfish, snook, black drum, and trout have moved in. I have never seen so many juvenile snook and redfish in my 20+ years of fishing the everglades! It's so exciting to see the back country come alive during this time of the year.
I've been getting out around 2-3 times a week and fishing has been so good we've lost count of how many drum and snook we're catching by the early stages of the morning. We have literally been catching a fish every single cast! Most of them being redfish and snook, with a big black drum or trout mixed in. I can't even comprehend into words how amazing it is to have these easy days where the fish have been steady chewing. A 6 or 8 hour trip is best to get on great fishing like this.
On the other side of the island, the patch reef fishing has been pretty good. I say pretty good instead of excellent because although we're catching tons of fish, it hasn't been as good as last year in terms of diversity. I haven't seen many big mutton snappers or porgies showing up in the shallows just yet, but we've been catching big mangrove snappers and yellowtails up to 6 lbs! In the mix with the snappers there have been groupers, hogfish, and cero mackerel. Don't forget! Hogfish are out of season until January 2019. But if you're looking to put a bunch of great eating fish on the table, a 4 hour charter to our shallow patch reefs would be the trip for you.
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Capt. Drew Nobregas