Hey Everybody! It's Captain Drew Nobregas aka Fishy Business with a saucy Islamorada Fishing Report! I have been on the water just about every day chasing a plethora of species and its safe to say there is still some truly great fishing going on as we make our way closer to the Fall.
Captain Rich Burson and I had a group trip with some repeat clients of ours this week. Captain Rich went after bonefish, tarpon, and permit, while I targeted the snook, tripletail, and redfish in Flamingo. Captain Rich caught 3 tarpon on the first day, while hooking up to 2 permit, and seeing some unwilling bonefish. On my first day we caught 15 or so snook, 4 redfish up to 27 inches, and 2 beautiful tripletail in the 8-10lb range. Day 2 Rich caught 2 bonefish, a permit, and lost the tarpon for the grand slam! He then finished off with some big tasty mangrove snappers for dinner. My second day we caught 4 tarpon, 20 or so snook, and 2 redfish. Some good fishing and the people were very happy.
As huge schools of bait move through with the progression of Fall and cooler water temperatures, we not only tend to catch bigger numbers of fish, but they become larger in size as well. Now until November is when I catch my biggest redfish, trout, and mangrove snappers. Snook move up in size as well but I seem to catch those real bruisers over 10lbs on the coldest winter days.
If you're looking to book a trip this time of the year, I highly suggest a full day. The small tarpon bite can be absolutely red hot! From now through November it is my absolute favorite time to fish because there is less fishing pressure and it's fairly easy to catch several tarpon and some mangrove snappers in the 3-4lb range for dinner. If you didn't know, mangrove snapper is my favorite white fish. Just the thought of blackened snapper tacos gets my mouth watering!
Make sure to give me a call or send me an email in advance for trip bookings. The weather this time of the year is very temperamental with all the tropical storms and hurricanes moving through. So although I want to show you the fishing trip of a lifetime, I can't control the conditions.
Thanks for reading and check back soon for another up-to-date Islamorada Fishing Report!
Capt. Drew Nobregas