Hey everyone! It's Captain Drew here again with another very, juicy Islamorada fishing report. The weather and fishing both seem to be following suit with one another this time of year. Although we've been battling lots of rain and wind, the fish are cooperating when it's suitable to get out on the water. There have been tons of finger mullet and pilchards around which have brought in with them huge numbers of snook and tarpon. Small tarpon happen to be one of my favorites to target because they are so strong and acrobatic, yet they don't give you those back-breaking fights like a big one would.
This time of year we have several cancellations due to weather, but when we get a little bit of a break and have the ability to take people out and back safely, it can really pay off. Your guide should be well-versed in the weather patterns and know the specific threshold of when to go, and when not to go. I very much respect the weather and although someone may have been looking forward to their fishing trip for months in advance, sometimes it's best to play it safe. One thing I prefer doing this time of year is fishing close to the landmass of Islamorada and the Bass Pro Shops strictly because if a weather system with heavy wind and lightning happens to pop up, I can run to cover quickly before anyone on the boat even gets wet. If we happen to have calm winds, clear skies, and a promising weather report, then making the venture out to further portions of the bay is a likely scenario.
Around the Bass Pro marina one fish I keep constantly hearing about is the redfish. Redfish, redfish, and more redfish! Captain Charlie Tindal of Stay Fly charters reported to me that he sight-fished over 30 redfish this past weekend! He said there's so many because of the high oxygen content in the water due to heavy rains making the fish more active and comfortable. Lots of small snook and big gator trout are being found in the same areas.
It's likely that right now is the best fishing we will see for the rest of the year! Reason being is that the fish like to change to their winter patterns once the cold fronts start to move through in the upcoming weeks, making it harder to figure them out. However, we catch big numbers of fish in smaller zones because they're huddled together in small areas looking to get warm. Hopefully in the coming months I'll be showing you all pictures of some big snook as I start to leave the tarpon alone.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and remember, if you'd like to book a fishing charter you can text, call, or email me at any time for further details.
Capt. Drew Nobregas