Hey everybody! it's Captain Drew Nobregas of Fishy Business Charters with another Islamorada Fishing report! A consistently chilly breeze of northwest wind has brought us some fantastic fishing this week and I can't wait to tell you all about it!
In the backcountry, Florida bay has been holding some dandy snook close to home around just about all of the islands surrounding Islamorada. Not only that, but we've had a decent pick at some 12-16 inch mangrove snappers as well. It's nice that we've had some good fishing close to home because the wind has been troubling us with choppy waves in all the bay stretches that we have to cross.
On those short windows of warm weather we've been having, the tarpon have come out to play as well! So far I have caught 5 this season and all of them have been caught due to an irregularly hot day during this time of the year. However, in the next week or two we'll be fishing for them just about every day as they start their migratory move through the keys. So get ready to hear stories and see pictures of people taking an Islamorada sleigh ride with a jumbo poon!
As for the Atlantic side of Islamorada, the sailfish are still being caught here and there. It's very typical to still be seeing a lot of fish around pushing up schools of ballyhoo, but they tend to be extremely finicky. So the guys catching them are taking a much more stealthy approach than they would in December.
The fishing on the shallow patch reefs has been truly outstanding! The cold weather brought some incredible catches of hogfish, mutton snappers, yellowtail snappers, porgies, mangrove snappers, groupers, and mackerel. On one half day we caught 5 nice muttons from 6-10lbs in only 12 feet of water! It shows that patch reef fishing is a conditional thing that really heats up as the water temps drop. So if you're looking to catch a ton of fish, run less than 20 minutes from the Bass Pro Shops marina, and enjoy some tasty eating fish, this is the trip for you. Also, its a kid friendly trip as seas are typically not very rough and action is usually constant.
Thanks for reading my Islamorada Fishing report and remember... The tug is the drug and if you chum they will come!