Fishing Islamorada in February

Hey Everybody! It's Captain Drew with another Juicy Islamorada Fishing Report! February has been a spectacular month full of great fishing in the warm and sunny Florida Keys. We've been blessed with some very nice (but hot) weather for this time of year.

In the Gulf of Mexico the Spanish Mackerel and snapper fishing has been amazing! Anyone looking to take home fish has had more than they can bargain for in terms of fish fillets. The snappers have been ranging from 10-16 inches with a few fish up to 4lbs. These are my favorite eating fish that swim in the backcountry and its nice when I have confidence that we can bring fish back to be cooked up at some of our great restaurants here that do hook and cook. The Spanish Mackerel is a highly underrated, great table-fare fish as well that can be caught on spin, artificial, and fly tackle. I just suggest that people eat the meat before they have to freeze it because it just doesn't taste as fresh. On a typical half day we've been catching 20-30 mackerel in the 3-5lb range in the mix of all the snappers. This kind of fishing will hold strong until about April once we start getting our first push of consistent warm weather.

Any day now we will be tarpon fishing as spring is right around the

corner. The best time to catch one over 100lbs is from Late March-early June. However, I am fishing for tarpon of all sizes from March-October. This is my favorite fish to go for besides the snook as they are so elusive, acrobatic, and strong no matter what the size. Keep in mind also that March-June I also have evening tarpon trips available from 4-8pm. People of all fishing experiences are welcome to try and tangle with the beast.

I wish everyone a great 2022 year and remember... The tug is the drug and if you chum they will come!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Drew

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