Check out this weeks Islamorada fishing report from our expert charter captain James Chappell as he describes the deep sea and wreck & reef trips.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Been pretty nice for the most part all week, with only a few rain showers moving around so we are grateful. Only one morning with torrential rainfall, but we managed to beat it out and move around it, so all was good. The winds have been fairly calm, and the fishing has been pretty good, so here we go!
The offshore bite has produced a few tunas on the humps, and a scattered bunch of Mahi, but nothing really consistent on that front just yet. It has had a few nice moments, but still on the early side for sure. A few nice ones have been caught though, but mostly on the way in or out of the Swordfish grounds. Speaking of that, this fishery has been pretty decent. A few nicer fish caught, but several under 100 pounds this past week.
This week has been quite the mixed bag for the charter fleet here in the upper Florida Keys. For our fleet, we have been pretty focused on catching a few bottom fish for dinner, live baiting the Tunas on a few wrecks, and finishing off with some Permit off the wrecks or maybe a Sailfish for the few that have been around. The reef has been getting better with the Yellowtail Snappers, and the Groupers have been chewing as they are in full spawn. Can’t keep any of those, but they are still fun to catch! The wrecks, like above, have been producing enough Mutton Snappers for the dinner table, some really nice Tuna, and still pretty good numbers of Permit hanging around some select areas.
Well, that is it for this week! I hope you all have a great weekend, and check back next week for a new report!