Hey everybody! Its Captain Drew of Fishy Business Charters, back with another Islamorada Fishing Report! Fishing has been great lately, and it's nice to see things follow suit as they should this time of the year.
We had a fantastic August, catching tons of really nice snappers, snook, and tripletails around Flamingo. On my half days we stuck close and stayed on a very consistent early morning tarpon bite on fish anywhere from the 10-80lb range. The early bird gets the worm in that case, so if you're a tarpon fanatic like me, be ready to set your alarm for a dawn wake up call.
One thing I truly love about this time of year is that its possible to have a great day fishing on strictly artificial like bucktail jigs, soft plastics, and even flies. As we approach the colder winter months its better to go with live or dead bait because the fish are lethargic and don't want to move as much for that fast pace presentation of an artificial. However, the fish only get bigger from here!
I was excited to find lots of happy tarpon this week eating the snot out of swimbaits. One of my favorites to throw is the D.O.A. Bait buster which I've found to be a killer in dirty water. The Hogy Lures work well too but I prefer them during cleaner water situations. Nonetheless, Its my favorite way to tarpon fish.
If getting the family on the water is what your goal is, then the mangrove snapper and shark fishing has been nothing short of spectacular! Mangrove snapper is my 2nd favorite white fish to eat just below the tripletail and make for a great lunch or dinner at the Islamorada Shrimp Shack. On a day off where I get to go fishing, snapper tacos are my intended end goal most the time believe it or not. So good!
I hope you enjoyed this report, and I hope everyone is staying safe amidst this pandemic. Just remember, the tug is the drug and if you chum they will come!
Capt. Drew Nobregas