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Offshore Fishing Report (5)

Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:15

January & February

Premier sailfishing months!!!
Sailfishing is at it's best. Sailfish are considered by many to be the premiere game fish that swim in the Keys waters. Sailfish fishing Islamorada Style is unique in that most of our local captains use live bait and light tackle insuring an acrobatic fight and a lifelong memory. A few of the methods of fishing we use are Slow Trolling live bait, Kite Fishing, and Sight Fishing. The captains are in their Tuna Towers scouring the shallow water to find Sailfish feeding or swimming as the anglers or mate cast live baits to them.

Sailfish tournaments
We have sailfish tournaments almost every week.If you are interested in tournament fishing check out our event listings on this site and choose one of our listed Charter Boats to guide you to VICTORY !!

Slow trolling- live bait
This time of year we troll live bait (ballyhoos, pilchards, goggle-eyes, blue runners) on the edge of the reef in 80' to 150' foot of water. Our main target is sailfish, you will see these big fish pop up behind your boat chasing your bait around. This in itself is an awesome and exiting site. Catching these big fish on 20 lb spinning tackle is hands on action, as you hook one up, they will come out of the water, tail-walk and take most of your line in under a minute. It is not uncommon to hook up multiple fish at the same time. Most days other fish come into the spread such as mahi mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna and kingfish. You can fish a down rod at different depths for kingfish, mutton snapper, and grouper.

Anchoring up - chumming
On the patches reefs 2 to 3 miles offshore in about 20' to 30' feet of water. You will find mutton, mangrove, yellowtail snapper, red grouper and cero mackerel.Out a little bit further on the edge of the reef in 65' to 95' you can catch the previously mentioned fish, larger yellowtail snapper, red and black grouper. Cero mackerel, kingfish, cobia, and sailfish are also caught while achcored up.

Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:16

March & April

Slow trolling- live bait

This time of year we still troll live bait (ballyhoos, pilchards, goggle-eyes,blue runners) on the edge of the reef 80' to 150' foot of water. We are still catching sailfish most days, and the kingfish bite has usually gotten very good. Some days there are schools of big wahoo that show up in the 50 lbs range. By changing up your live bait to speedos, you can get into some awesome bites of big wahoo and big smoker kingfish. You have a good chance of seeing mahi mahi up in the shallow water as well. Usually the bottom bite gets better for the mutton snapper and grouper.In April, the permit will show up in big schools, we have spots where we catch 20 lbs to 35 lbs permit. (These fish are catch and release, same as sailfish, please let them go)

Anchoring up - chumming

On the patch reefs 2 to 3 miles offshore in about 20' to 30' foot of water, you will find mutton, mangrove, yellowtail snapper, red grouper and cero mackerel. On the edge of the reef in 65' to 95', this time of year the water starts to warm back up. Depending on the direction of the current and color of the water, the yellowtail snapper bite can get really good. Using 12 pound spinning tackle, these are a great fighting and eating fish. You will also have bottom rods down for mangrove, mutton snapper, and various kinds of grouper. Kingfish will sometimes swim into your spread, and you will catch them as fast as you can throw a bait out. Awesome time on 20 lb spinning tackle!

Offshore trolling - lures or rigged baits

This time of year, we start to venture offshore. We usually fish from the edge of the reef to about 12 miles offshore. On a full day charter, you can fish part of the day on the reef and part offshore, mixing up your day. When trolling offshore, we are catching tuna, wahoo, sailfish,and the mahi mahi are starting to show up.o some days we troll on out looking to find dolphin,wahoo,tuna and sailfish the dolphin can start to show up . The closer we get to May, the better the mahi mahi fishing gets. Offshore on the humps, the big amberjack,50 lbs and up are usually biting well. Blackfin tuna in the 5 lb to 30 lb range are also congregating near the humps. Deep dropping for tasty deepwater species is another option. If you are looking to catch and release a big shark; tiger, bull, and hammerhead sharks show up this time of year. They can weigh from 100 lb to 1000 lbs.

 

Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:17

May, June, July, & August

Offshore trolling - lures or rigged baits
This time of year we will spend most of our time offshore searching for mahi mahi. We will be trolling and looking for birds, current edges, weedlines, and floating debris. When we find one of these indicators of fish, it goes from fishing to catching. Most days we will find multiple schools of fish, and load the fish box.

Schoolie Dolphin - these fish will run in the 5 lbs to 10 lbs range. There can be anywhere from 10 to 300 fish in a school. If they are moving, the captain will follow them. When you hook them up, you keep a couple in the water, and the school will usually stay with you. Keep in mind we are using 12 to 20 pound spinning tackle for these fish, so when you get into a school, all hell breaks loose.

Gaffer Dolphin - theses fish will also run in big schools, ranging from 10 lbs to 20 lbs. You still will be using 20 lb spinning tackle, so theses fish will take a little longer to get in boat. The difference is your arms will be a little more tired.

Slammer Dolphin - these fish run from 25 lbs up to 80 lbs. We catch theses fish throughout the summer, some days there are a lot of them pouring through. A lot of times they are in schools of 2 - 10 fish. When we hook one of these big trophies, we start casting 30 pound spinning tackle at the followers. This is the ultimate mahi mahi fishing experience.

Dolphin tournaments - We have Dolphine tournaments almost every week.If you are interested look up the tournament schedule on the site, and book one of the captains for a great day and a chance to win big.

Wahoo - sometimes by themselves or in schools under debris.

Blackfin tuna - migrating schools or on the humps.

White marlin, blue marlin, spearfish, sailfish - we catch these while trolling the waters offshore of Islamorada.

Swordfish - day or night.

Tripletail - under debris.

Permit - back in close to shore.

Amberjack and sharks - on the humps.

Anchoring up - chumming
On the patch reefs, 2 to 3 miles offshore in about 20' to 30' foot of water, you will find mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snapper, red grouper and cero mackerel.

Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:18

September and October

This is a great time to fish, because this is the least busy time of year out on the water.

Slow trolling- live bait
Expect to catch kingfish, wahoo, sailfish on top. Mutton snapper and grouper on the bottom.

Offshore trolling -
The dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna can be found most days.

Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:21

November & December

Premier sailfishing months!!!
Sailfishing is at it's best. Sailfish are considered by many to be the premiere game fish that swim in the Keys waters. Sailfish fishing Islamorada Style is unique in that most of our local captains use live bait and light tackle insuring an acrobatic fight and a lifelong memory. A few of the methods of fishing we use are Slow Trolling live bait, Kite Fishing, and Sight Fishing. The captains are in their Tuna Towers scouring the shallow water to find Sailfish feeding or swimming as the anglers or mate cast live baits to them.

Sailfish tournaments
We have sailfish tournaments almost every week.If you are interested in tournament fishing check out our event listings on this site and choose one of our listed Charter Boats to guide you to VICTORY !!

Slow trolling- live bait
This time of year we troll live bait (ballyhoos, pilchards, goggle-eyes, blue runners) on the edge of the reef in 80' to 150' foot of water. Our main target is sailfish, you will see these big fish pop up behind your boat chasing your bait around. This in itself is an awesome and exiting site. Catching these big fish on 20 lb spinning tackle is hands on action, as you hook one up, they will come out of the water, tail-walk and take most of your line in under a minute. It is not uncommon to hook up multiple fish at the same time. Most days other fish come into the spread such as mahi mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna and kingfish. You can fish a down rod at different depths for kingfish, mutton snapper, and grouper.

Anchoring up - chumming
On the patches reefs 2 to 3 miles offshore in about 20' to 30' feet of water. You will find mutton, mangrove, yellowtail snapper, red grouper and cero mackerel.Out a little bit further on the edge of the reef in 65' to 95' you can catch the previously mentioned fish, larger yellowtail snapper, red and black grouper. Cero mackerel, kingfish, cobia, and sailfish are also caught while achcored up.


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