Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The offshore report remains the same as the Mahi are starting to show up a little better every day.  Although, it appeared to be a little better earlier in the week, there are still some fish around.  They are really spread out, and haven’t really got in the groove yet, but rest assured they are coming.  Swordfishing this past week has been pretty decent as well.  Most of the boats that went at least had a bite or two if not caught a fish, but only one fish with any size was caught that I know of.  The humps are starting to show signs of a few more tunas, with the Islamorada Hump and the Marathon hump being the best of it.  The Marathon hump has the largest fish at this time, and the numbers are growing.  Looking for this to really heat up in the coming weeks.

 

On the reef and wrecks the fishing has been consistent this week.  There has been a decent Sailfish bite as the water has been churned up creating a tailing condition that many boats have been capitalizing on.  This has been mostly by sight fishing, but the kites and outriggers have proven effective if you don’t have a tower to spot the fish.  The wreck fishing has been good with nice size Mutton Snappers and Groupers.  There have also been a few Kingfish around, and several Jacks and Sharks.  The Yellowtail fishing has been pretty good this week as well, with some really nice Yellowtails as they are spawning now and are eager to eat.  The current has been pretty good with the wind out of the East to Southeast, as there has been pretty good east current.  The water has been clean one day, then dirty the next, but the fish have been hungry enough that it hasn’t seemed to matter as long as the water is moving. 

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

A warmer temperature, backed by Breezes in the teen that is the weather pattern anglers aboard boats catching Tarpon is the fishing pattern.  It is so exciting to look around and see other folks putting the Silver kings in the air and knowing your next.  Lately I have had success at the bridges and out in the bay an in the Back Country as well as in the Gulf.  Megalops atlanticus (Tarpon) have arrived and they are chewing, nights, mornings, tide changes, all phases!  Everybody smiling having good times here in Islamorada.  Plenty else as well a very good Permit bite going on.  Some very big yellow belly’s, giving folks amazing battles, reports from the guides here at World Wide Sportsman include Tarpon Permit, Big Jack Crevalles, Huge Mangrove Snappers, Redfish, some very nice Snook here locally.  Groupers Sharks, Trout and a report like that in just one day.  I am amidst some very very good guides here at World Wide Sportsman, Lots a talent and even more experience.  I am honored to rub elbows with so much honest to goodness fishing talent.  So folks come on down here to World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and get with one of our representatives to set you up with one or more of these Great Captains, and go catchemup.

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The weather this week has been absolutely incredible, and the fishing hasn’t been too bad either!  I wouldn’t say any one thing has been red hot, but everything has been cooperating well enough to get the job done.  We have had a few Sailfish around, as well as some Wahoo and Kings inside of 200 feet of water.  In addition, there have been some Dolphin, Tunas, and Amberjacks offshore.  Inside of 1200’ on any sort of weed edge or current edge has been the best for the Dolphin, while the Tunas have been moving around between the humps and 300 feet of water.  The birds have been on them pretty good, so they haven’t been too tough to find.  The Dolphin fishing is still spotty, but if you put your time in you will find some fish.  Even saw a 50 pounder this week, so the larger fish are starting to show up as well.  The wrecks have been a pick on the Mutton Snappers and Groupers, but they have been good enough to find a few for the dinner table….Mutton Snappers that is, as we still have a little over a month until the Grouper season opens up.  The reef has been the toughest area this week as the water has been gin clear with little current.  You can hustle up enough for dinner, but I have been spending a good bit of time live chumming for them over the wrecks.  They have been pretty aggressive, and they are absolutely huge Yellowtails.  Like I said, the fishing is good, no great, but good enough to put a catch together and have smiling faces at the end of the day! 

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

In my years as a captain-guide on the water I have been privy to seeing some amazing and spectacular things, and the other day was no exception.  My son runs a crab/lobster boat and when he was out in the gulf pulling stone crab traps, he had spotted a very large school of Tarpon that appeared to not be migrating, but enjoying just being where, they were at.  His description was intriguing, so I had to see for myself, I was not disappointed, the sheer numbers were staggering, truly the description of a biomass.  As far as I could see in any direction I could see the fish rolling and free jumping, it was awe inspiring.  In the following Days my clients managed to hook several, but we only landed a few, but the experience was truly a memorable one.  Also in the gulf everybody’s favorite wrecks and reefs spots have been on fire.  Everything from some beautiful mangroves from fifteen to twenty inches, gag groupers, plenty of Cobia and triple tail just some crazy good action out there.  So often good everywhere, such is the story of as of late.  Lots of Tarpon on the flats, decent numbers in the channels.  Bone fishing remains on a high note all around town, but seems as if most are on the ocean side flats.  I am hearing some very good days on the Permit, and of course when these three are cooperating you are going to have shots at slams and yes plenty guides are steering their clients to multiple slams in the course of a day.  Even Johnny Morris got in on some good Tarpon actions with his friend Carl While, fishing aboard Captain Steve Lavoie’s boat.  They managed to catch a Tarpon on Fly and one on crab.  Johnny and Steve have been fishing together for sixteen plus years.  After fishing that many years together I would say they are probably pretty dialed in.  Captain Steve, a longtime guide here at World Wide Sportsman has lead countless anglers to gigantic smiles.  I know, I have seen them grinning like they wanted hug him before they leave the Bayside Marina.   You can contact Captain Steve Lavoie at 305-393-1295.  Folks do not miss out on some of the magnificent fishing we have here so come on down and catchemup.

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  What a week we are having here in the beautiful Florida Keys!  The weather is absolutely beautiful, and the fishing is really heating up!  Where do I start this week….well I don’t know anyone that has been offshore as of yet Swordfishing, so we can get that out of the way now.  What I do know is the Mahi are starting to show up in a little better numbers now that we can get out and search around for them a bit.  It has been the “magical piece of debris” that has yielded the best results, but there have been a few fish caught on the birds and weed edges.  Some Wahoo mixed in with them on the debris in the deep, and a few while trolling the edge of the current/weed linen as well.  The deep dropping out in the rips and around the humps is producing quite nicely as I think I have seen about every deep drop type of fish on the dock at some point in time this week.  The fishing out in the rips has been pretty good to say the least.  On the hump the AJ’s are biting as well as some smaller tunas, but nothing of any size has seemed to stick around for too long.  The largest fish we have seen this week have been in the 500 foot depths while deep dropping.  If we live chum a little when they are in the area they seem to find us and create some chaos for a minute, at least long enough to get a 3 or 4 in the box, which goes along quite nicely with the bottom fish! 

On the edge of the reef out to 200 feet has been coming together quite nicely the past couple days and should continue into the weekend.  The wrecks are holding good numbers of Mutton Snappers, Groupers, and King Mackerel.  Some Jacks, Wahoo, and Sharks have been patrolling as well.  The Sailfishing has definitely started picking up, and the current is getting better to the east.  No coincidence, as this is exactly what we have been waiting for.  The big news is that the conditions have turned absolutely perfect for the Wahoo, and they have been swarming the last few days.  They have been picky eaters at best, but if you can catch the Speedos, or get your hands on some Goggle eyes you got a pretty good chance at getting some bites.  Tried to catch them on Pilchards and Cigar minnows, but no luck until the Speedos and Goggle Eyes came into the picture.  One of my buddies caught one on a vertical jig as well, when they wouldn’t eat a Pilchard, so something that looks fast and shiny might be the ticket.  I also noticed some very large schools Permit starting to show up on the reef and wrecks today.  I would gander to say that tomorrow is going to really start the Permit season for us offshore guys, as I must have seen over a thousand of them today.  They are really hard fighting fish, and are absolutely beautiful!  I would say it is definitely a favorite for my customers.

The reef has been pretty solid all week, and the patches are still pretty good.  The Yellowtails Snappers are beginning to do their thing, so it should be an all out free for all with the right conditions for these guys.  Great table fare and fun for the whole family.  It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

 

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

I once had a senior guide tell me when the white butterflies arrive it is time to fish for Tarpon.  Well the white butterflies are here.  But, I do not need to see them to know it is time to Tarpon fish.  It is like wildfire they arrive seemingly overnight.  We are always happy to greet them with full spools and an array of tackle to peruse the 2015 Tarpon Season.  I am sporting pair new rods, a pair of offshore angler ocean master light tackle series 20-30s with a pair of Fin-Nor Sport fish 20s.  They have already proven deadly having caught 120 pound tiger shark, a couple big black tips and a few Tarpon in the 60 pound class.  Hopefully it will be another Great Tarpon Season.  We have been dealing with some pretty windy conditions, but it has not affected the fishing that much.  It is a little harder to do something’s, like holding on positions, not to fret it will not blow forever and the fish are going to hang.  Reports around seem to depend on who you talk to as to how the bite is going on, Reds some guides say lots of fish but finicky others say moderate numbers biting cooperatively .  There are some very positive reports of Bonefish in great numbers even large schools of decent size, not the little guys.  Speaking of Reds and bones Captain Mark Gilman Guided, Rob Preihs, in the Jim Bokor Redfish Bonefish Shootout and they took First Place catching Thirteen (13) Slams a total of Fifteen (15) Reds and Thirteen (13) Bonefish, which was a quarter of the fish total caught.  They had a couple busy days.  Way to go to our very own Captain Mark Gilman, on a Job well done!!  Captain Mark Gilman is here at World Wide Sportsman with On-Your-Mark Charters, 305-393-1156.  Fishing on the whole is Pretty decent all the way round so come on down and catchemup.

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

 

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

 

I suspected that when the mercury started to rise and the temps came back up the bite would turn back on.  Water temps and a lot of the fish off their chow.   How that it seasonally normal the dinner bell has gone off!  I see the anticipation in the guides here at World Wide being able to take folks out and know they and not going to have to kill themselves to eke out what we consider a moderate days catch.  Everything is now a little easier, easier to find, easier to get to bite.  Cooperation on behalf of the quarry is always invited.  Even some of the Tarpon have mounted the preemptive strike here locally around the channels, as well as some early Permit on the flats.  It goes to say that plenty folks are more that delighted that the Snook and Redfish bite is back on track plenty are being caught in all the normal haunts, moats, flats, cuts, and creeks.  The reports are not exclusive to anywhere but, it seems consistent that shrimp for bait, or shrimp related lures and flies are the ticket for almost everything, and some much anticipated trout are biting in the bay.  Mangrove Snappers are showing up in numbers everywhere and are eating very well.  There are still good numbers of Cobia in the Gulf, still plenty of Spanish Macks in certain areas of the bay, but crazy numbers in the Gulf.  Speaking of crazy there are large schools of jack crevalles in the lignumvitae Basin, and hopefully the Black Drum will stick around for a little while and just keep complimenting the outstanding fishing.  Come on down and see us here at World Wide Sportsman and we will go catchemup! 

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The fishing these weeks has been decent, but a little slow as this moon has been approaching.  Sailfishing was really starting to pick up last week, but for whatever reason the current has fallen out and made things a bit more difficult than we like.   A few Sails have been caught pretty much each day, but nothing off the charts.  Hoping that after this moon it will start to pick up.  The wind has been blowing all week, and is just starting to come down.  Bait has been relatively easy as there have been a lot of Pilchards around.  The deep dropping this week so far has been left alone as the seas have been pretty rough, but as this wind subsides, we will get back at it and I am sure they will be biting.  Not a lot to report from way offshore, as the seas have made it very difficult to mosey out that far.  The wrecks have been a little more productive for the majority of the fleet as there are still some Kingfish and Wahoo around.  The bottom dwellers in these areas have been fairly productive as well.  Even a few of the Sailfish have been caught while fishing for the Kings, so the wrecks have probable been the most productive this week for most.

 

The reef was doable this week, but tough and tricky nonetheless.  With the absence of current, the Snappers are always a bit weary of the bait in the drift.  Most of us have been focusing on the patch reefs to the west where the tidal flow from the moon has been creating the current for us.  Some really nice catches at that, with some nice Yellowtails, Muttons, Porgy’s, Groupers, and Cero Mackerel.  These areas will start to slow down a bit as winter moves on and the shrimp run really slows down.  A good number of these fish will move out to deeper water to spawn, so the abundance of fish in the 15-30 feet of water will no longer be living there in the numbers they have for the winter.  In the Sandy areas around these patches the Cobia have been moving through in pretty good numbers if the sea conditions will allow you to spot them.  Even in the rough conditions a few boats have managed to find the Rays loaded up with these tasty, hard fighting fish.  It is much easier to find these when on a boat with a tower, so if Cobia is what you are after, be sure to be on a boat with a tower!

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Two young boys walked down the dock all decked out in their fishing gear with their father in tow and they all have the same thing in common.  As guides we see it all the time that look of anticipation.  Their Excited about what is upcoming in there day.  They don’t say anything just waiting for Dad to pipe up and introduce them to one of the many guides standing in front of the World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina Bait Shop waiting for their party’s to show up, having prepped the boats for the days adventure.  This particular Dad walks up to Captain Rich Mitchell and the two of them shake hands, and Captain Rich immediately goes to the young lads introduces himself and knows there names.  Now whether they had fished with Captain Rich before or the Dad told him their names, he knew them, they were wide eyed.  I watched as they made their way onto the boat and make their way out.  And I think to myself that is really doting your I’s and crossing your T’s.  I admire Rich for making it that much more, for those young fishermen.   As I turn to wipe the foot prints off the bow of the Pirate for Hire, I saw two your lads bopping down the dock with their Dad in tow now I am up to bat!  After introductions Dan and Vito, load up and I take them to a little boat wreck that they can see as we pass over.  They are already pumped.  They can see all the snappers and a myriad of other fish as well as a rather larger loggerhead turtle lying off the bow of the wreck.  Very shortly after getting anchored in position I tell the boys that they are using new rods to me, that is Offshore Anglers, New Redfish Extreme Series, and boy they knew how to use them, at a young age both of them were on their way to being accomplished anglers.  They spent the morning catching snappers, mackerel, Blue runner, Jack Crevalles, and really giving the rods a true tackle test.  Even a five foot nurse shark joined the party and I watched smiles, I heard the louder voices and the grunts and quicken breaths.  And these kids are not catching Blue Marlin these are not Sailfish or Tarpon.  It is just rod bending with very positive results, Happy boys, Happy Dad, Equals Happy Guide.  And to top off some delicious snappers I fillet for them and they take over to Islamorada Fish Company for lunch.  Hats off to Captain Rich who has been showing folks great fishing trips out of World Wide Sportsman since 1997 and is truly a Wonderful Personality.  A lot of fish are here biting and World Wide Sportsman has many Great Captains and Guides, so come down and catchemup!

Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Backcounty Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

I stopped the boat before I had reached the destination, I was bound for.  The reason was that a group of Pelicans had found a school of finger mullet on the edge of the flat.  We threw some lures and bait around with no success, but that is not always the outcome birds can be indirect correlation with feeding fish, even if you cannot see the fish or the event.  All of the birds eat shrimp, some eat crabs and such and others like the Pelican predominately feed on fin fish, and so when birds are around be mindful that chances are, where birds are, bait is, and where bait is fish are.  How many times have I found the baitfish when I was hunting, thanks to the assistance of a pelican or yellow beak.  It is like a symbolic relationship they show me where bait is and they land and sit then poop on my boat and the dock.  Everybody here at World Wide Sportsman, guides, transits, charter boats alike all try different methods to battle the age old problem of pelicans making themselves at home “If you will”.  I personally use the deck cleaner that Bass Pro sells and follow up with the wax they sell here at World  Wide, because that helps with the stinky sticky concrete like waste sheds off easier.  In my last report, I had posted, where are the Sheepshead, and Black drum?   Well although the sheepshead are not making much of an appearance, the black drum are, in fact some catches of late have been of drum over twenty pounds, how Awesome!! is that.  Also some big Cobia are still being caught around  buoys, park markers and favorite gulf spots.  Some of those fish are being reported over thirty pounds (a little hint, if you fish around one of the dolphin markers try to stay up wind, birds sit on them all day and …PU!  I do not want to leave out some pretty decent bridge fishing, the bite there has remained pretty consistent for medium snappers, a few macks and some muttons and red groupers as well.  Live shrimp, pilchards, and jigs tipped with shrimp, or cut bait all are working.  So Good Luck, Everyone Catchemup!

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hey everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  What is going on with this weather?  The weather has been crazy this winter and is way too cold for the coconuts on our palm trees if you catch my drift.  The good news is that the fishing has been pretty good, and we are hopeful that this front is going to be just the push we have been waiting on to get these pelagic creatures to move into area.  The Sailfishing this past week has been pretty slow, but there have been a few fish caught around the Island.  There have been some really nice King Mackerel, and a few decent Wahoo caught this week as well.  The Kites have been the weapon of choice with either Goggle Eyes or Cigar Minnows being the bait of choice.  The other tasty morsels such as Pilchards, Blue runners, Speedos, and Ballyhoo have been working too, but there has been good numbers of bait balls in the deep that I believe are Cigar Minnows, so I am attributing this to why the bite has been good with these guys.  A little further out the deep dropping has been on fire!  Great catches of Vermillion Snappers, Tilefish, and deep water groupers have been showcased on the racks at the dock, and this should continue to get better as the spring approaches.  Not too much to talk about way offshore, but there were a couple Swordfish caught this week, and a handful of Dolphin and Tunas.  The Amberjacks are slowly making their way onto the offshore humps, and the sharks are there waiting for them, so it shouldn’t be too long before their spawn is in full effect. 

 

On the reef, the patches have been fantastic and action packed with Hogfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Porgies.  SOB (shrimp on bottom) has been deadly with these cooler water temperatures, and with the fronts the shrimp have been pouring out of the bay making easy picking for these guys living on the patch reefs.  The Cobia have been moving through pretty nicely as well, as long as you get the right weather these guys have been here in decent numbers.  On the edge of the reef, the Yellowtail Snappers have been fairly decent, but we have been lacking a little current which has made this a bit more challenging, but nonetheless productive.  The wrecks have been productive this week as well with nice catches of King Mackerel and Almaco Jacks, and Jack Crevalle.  Even a few nice Mutton Snappers and Groupers this past week, as these guys have been fairly consistent all winter long.  This arctic blast we are getting as I write this is going to really slow down the edge of the reef, but should keep the patches biting.  It isn’t supposed to last too long, so hopefully the warm weather we have coming will make its appearance.   Looks like it isn’t going to be much of a small boaters weekend, but the forecast seems to be diminishing a little each day, so keep your fingers crossed!

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcountry Fishing Report, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Something is always biting, guides run around the bay and the flats, and they check channels cuts moats shorelines bridges wrecks rock piles creeks, rivers, and sometime during the day nearly everyone finds something on the fish checklist.  And Voila another Big Smile on yet another Anglers Face.  Sometimes it is patience and perseverance and all the subtle nuance’s  that go along with delivery to your query, other times a Shotgun approach, where multiple spots and or fishing types to obtain success.  It all can be a little overwhelming.  Spots, tides, anglers, to pole down or anchor?  Which direction are they traveling?  Are they traveling?  Will they eat?  What will they eat?  Sun conditions, wind conditions, bait, artificial, live, dead.  It is a bit of an art form.  I know one of the guides that have found the key.  Captain Jim Bennett, for thirty-three years this Great Guide has plied the waters of Islamorada, seventeen of them here at World Wide Sportsman.  Believe me this man is like the E. F. Hutton commercial, when Jim speaks, smart fisherman listen!  That’s just what I do.  I saw Captain Jim was so excited the other day he had gone out and found another white hole in the gulf.  He catches some wicked nice Snappers in these white holes all through the season.  It is only one of the many things that Captain Jim has an uncanny knack for.  His Tarpon prowess is known throughout our community.  And the list does not stop here, Captain Jim Spends part of the year up in North West Michigan, fishing Manastee for Salmon, Trout and the species up there and wow he has got some great pictures from up there as well.  Captain Jim is a true fisherman’s fisherman.  You can contact Captain Jim Bennett at BigRiverJim@gmail.com or call him at 305-393-0681

 Anyway the Mackerel fishing through the outer bay and the gulf stays consistent.  Everyone fishing for them is catching them with their favorite approach.  I have been lucky with the offshore anglers ¼ ounce chartreuse pompano jigs, tipped with small shrimp.  A good trout bite going on to most are small but, about one in four are good fish and when the stick that yellow mouth up and shake their head Woo Hoo! “Big Smiles “a smattering of snook around but, kind of finicky is the consensus.  Spooky reds on the flats seem to be frustrating some of the guys.  Some pompano around the western edges of the park are putting some grins on the mugs.  I have been a little puzzled where the numbers of black drum and sheepshead that we should be experiencing are, all in all the Backcountry is doing pretty good as well as some reports from a few of the bridges so go out there and catchemup!

There's lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Wooooo Weeeee!  What a week here in Islamorada!  The fishing has been incredible this week, and with the front coming it looks like it is only going to get better!  It has been a long time since I have seen as many Wahoo here as we have now.  Wahoo, Kings, Blackfin Tunas, and a few Sails.  If we are lacking anything it is Sails in good numbers, but the rest of the fishing is so good it doesn’t even matter.  Bait has been so abundant that you can actually take your pick on whatever you want to catch.  Large schools of pilchards to the north, Cigar Minnows and Ballyhoo on the patches, and Speedos on the edge of the reef.  It is all here, and with this much bait there no wonder why there are so many fish around.  The Wrecks are producing a lot of these fish in the live bait/ slow troll arena, or on the kites, while the bottom rod is still staying bent on Mutton Snappers and Groupers.  Still some Jacks and Sharks around as well, so plenty to keep busy with for sure.  The reef has been incredibly cooperative from the patches to the edge with nice catches of Yellowtail, Mutton, and Mangrove Snapper.  Of course the Groupers are biting as well as could be, but they are closed so no need to get excited. 

 

A little further offshore on the humps, and deeper wrecks, the Amberjacks are beginning to stack up and get ready for their annual spawn.  This also means that the really big sharks are going to be right there with them.  Big time, Big Fun for you people out there who love to get beat up by a fish on some heavier tackle.  The deep dropping in the rips has opened back up for the Tilefish and deep water  Groupers.  This opens up a whole new avenue for table fare during this time of year.  Tilefish are some of the best eating fish in the open, and you can catch them on electrics or hand crank them up from 400 feet.  Either way it is up to you, but these are some really tasty fish, so give it a try!

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcountry Fishing Report, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Blessed by Beautiful weather, so that even when fishing is not on fire the experience is still fulfilling.  We are so spoiled with such great fishing that when it slows to the point where you are not catching a fish or having a shot on every bait or cast we start to panic just a little.  I have been privy to some reports going just that way, rather it be Snook, Red, Trout, Mackerel, and Snapper or otherwise it seems to be consistent the last ten to twelve days.  For example Captain Mark Gilman and I were yakking the other afternoon after our trips he reported that he spent the best part of his day doing a combo of mackerel and shark fishing down where the gulf and the keys meet near channel five.  Mark said the bite was moderate but, consistent all through the tide before it quit average one mackerel or jack or snapper on live pilchards every five minutes or so .  And in between he managed to catch one out of three Blacktip Sharks.  Starting to see the picture?  I told him we did the same that day, we started mackerel fishing after about thirty-five minutes on anchor chumming and had only caught three macks so we moved and went to Flamingo, there we only catch two reds and some Jacks before we lost our tide!  So back to the bay for Trout fishing there we only caught a half dozen trout, but we each caught a Lunker.  When that seemed to dry up, so a quick jaunt to a shallow spot in the gulf.  There we caught a couple more macks and two Sharks now it is time to go home, but as Luck would have it we found some Cobia on the way home and we managed three very nice fish that was a Bonus.  Now put that into perspective, Captain Mark’s angler probably caught nearly forty fish, and my anglers probably caught forty of a half dozen species before we found the Cobia, and we call this average fishing.  Now you know why I am foaming at the mouth when I report Great Fishing, anyway Good Job the other day Captain Mark, who can be found at our Great dock, World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Captain Mark Gilman, with On –Your-Mark Charters 305-393-1156.   So Go Catchemup. 

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s forecast.  As most of you know, the front has come through and the winds have picked up.  Temperatures all over the United States have plummeted to historical lows, and record snowfall amounts.  It’s and early winter, and it is a good thing…..for us at least!  The further south the Jet stream gets pushed down from the Canadian arctic air, the cooler the temperatures get to the south.  What does this mean for us down here in South Florida?  It means the fish are forced to migrate south that much faster as they follow the bait and falling temperatures.  In plain, this means the fish show up early and allow us to have some fun with them.  This past week was mother nature getting set up for what is to come I believe as there were a few Sails around, but nothing to get too excited about.  This front should be the ticket to really get this season rolling, and keep a solid body of fish in our area.  The Kites have been the method of choice this week, as we have had a decent amount of Dolphin and Tuna in the area as well.  The Pilchards have been plentiful, so bait has been a cinch.  Slow trolling live baits and live chumming have also been productive, so pretty much if you get one in the area with the right bait you are going to get a shot.  Looking for the weekend to pick up a bit with these cooler temperatures.

 

The wrecks have been productive this past week with Mutton Snappers, some African Pompano, and even a few Cobia.  Of course there are some sharks in these areas, but nothing out of the ordinary.  They will start picking up as well with this cold front coming through.  On the reef, it has been as solid as you could ask for this time of year.  Snappers and Ceros have been very cooperative for everyone.  Even some nice Kings up tight on the edge of the reef, so there is plenty to do there.  This cold spell will surely be the indicator that shows us how this is going to really kick off.  Should be a good one!

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman Islamorada, Florida

As to be expected to Preliminary days to the Full Moon kicked off this exceptional fishery of ours into high gear.  Both the crystal clear waters of Islamorada as well as the Tanis stained waters of Florida Bay and Everglades.  Were producing catches that made plenty anglers Very Happy.  The Flats guides locally are still seeing plenty of Bonefish and their eating very well.  Flies, Shrimp, Crabs all seem to be working when delivered properly.  There is a fantastic bite of puppy Tarpon going on around town as well, both on the flats and Mangrove edges the little guys are hungry and eager to Jump. 

Reports of decent night Snook bite on the bridges and adjoining ripraps.  The backcountry is seemingly infested with Snook as their not as big, but their numbers are very good moreover they are hungry and cooperative to most presentations.  It also appears that some Trout are showing up a little better after a pretty long dry spell.  More of them will show up when the cold fronts ease them south down the west coast to us.  When hopefully they will take up residence till next summer.  Wicked good catches of Redfish all through the Everglades have got guides wearing out their sun gloves poling and dehooking and pushing and dehooking, and so on and so on.  A mixed bag of five and six pound fish and little puppies that look like they all came out of the same clutch!  A Little slowing off the Snapper in most areas going on right now but, believe me that won’t last. 

I am excited to report that the Spanish Macks are showing up, and soon their numbers are going to be off the chart.  I personally, really enjoy the Mack bite it is usually so Hot and Heavy that you don’t get a break in between bites and they fight so well and their food fare isn’t half bad either.  I have been expecting some Black tips to really get heavy with the Mullet showing up in such grand numbers, but the Lemon Sharks still are in first place as far as numbers.  Almost to many as their claiming their share of anglers trophies.  Some other factors came with this Full Moon a good shrimp run (from the full moon) and little bit cooler water wicked good weather and mullet showing up, these are all positive attributes.  So Go Catchemup. 

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  Winter is quickly approaching, and the fish are sensing the change and moving down with the temperature changes and the bait.  Sails, Kings, and Wahoo were all on the menu this past week, and you can officially say that the winter-time pelagic are here, or at least well on their way.  Not a ton of shots per day just yet at the Sails, but if you put your time in you will surely get a couple.  These odds increase every day as well, so it is only going to get better as it gets colder above us.  The Kings and Wahoo’s are here, as well as a lot of the offshore Tunas are moving into the deep edge of the reef, which is making a pretty exciting kite fishing scenario.  Some Mahi are still in the area, and this is making the variety close to shore incredible.  You can catch Sails, Mahi, Tuna, Kings, and Wahoo without going more than 6 miles offshore.  It is pretty exciting!  Our preferred method for this has been blacking out our livewells with Pilchards, and live chumming with them creating a “crumb” trail if you will to lure these guys around the boat.  It works pretty well, I might add….

 

On the reef, the Yellowtail Snapper fishing has been absolutely out of control.  We have also been live chumming with the pilchards for these guys, but any way you want to do it will work.  Some decent fish as well with a few fish in the 4 pound range, which is great size for Yellowtail Snapper.  We have been putting up the kite while fishing for these guys, and have managed to get a couple Sail bites while doing so, as well as some Mackerel bites.  With all the chum it is hard not to draw in everything in the area.  We even caught groupers and had Mutton’s busting on the surface on the pilchards.  It is a really cool experience if you haven’t seen it. 

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Backcounty Fishing Report, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

A mild slowing trend for reasons unknown the fish just get lock jaw.  Although plenty fish both Redfish and Snook are making an appearance on the flats most folks report finicky feeding patterns.  This pattern curtails out in the creeks and moats as well, and shoreline casting seems a little more productive but, still below par.  Flats fishing around town is very active plenty of Bonefish are being seen and caught I have heard two reports of anglers reaching double digit catches in a days’ time.  Not lots of Permit, but enough to keep up a vigil eye out for.  Medium size Tarpon are scattered on some flats as well as shallow water mangrove lines around town.  Speaking of Mangroves there are plenty of mangrove Snapper spread out abroad, from the clear water hear at home to the muddy waters of the back creeks, there out in the gulf as well along with some Spanish Macks showing up a little early making for some rod bending action.  A few juvenile Cobias are on some of the shallow spots in the gulf as well, watch for the Triple Tail on the Trap Lines, they are out there as well.  Where ever you choose to fish you have got a good chance of putting together a Great Day.  So Go Catchemup. 

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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Offshore Fishing Report Islamorada Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  This week in the upper Florida Keys has been great!  The Blackfin Tunas have been out of control!  Live bait has been the method of choice, while the artificial have been working well too.  In addition to the insane Tuna bite, the Mahi have showed back up, so the offshore scene has been on fire!  If that is not enough, the Swordfishing has been great too!  Two to Five hookups per trip has been the norm this week on the Swords, and the weather is looking pretty good going into the weekend, so everyone should be able to get out.  I could be picky and say I wish the wind wasn’t going to go west, but I don’t think it’s going to make any difference at all.  It is going off down here right now, so there is a lot to look forward to on the offshore scene. 

The wrecks are starting to fire up with some nice catches of King Mackerel, Cobia, Mutton Snappers, Jacks, and even a few Groupers.  The Sharks are still haunting our catch, but we managed to win the battle the majority of the time this week.  The waters are starting to begin to cool off a bit, so this will help out the cause where these guys are concerned. 

On the reef, the Yellowtail and Mangroves continue to cooperate with the right conditions.  Don’t be afraid to move around until you find what you are looking for, just find current going in the right direction.  This is the single most important part of setting up your chum slick, so move until you get it right.  Pay attention to the tides, and you will save yourself a lot of money in the long run by not having to move more than you need to. 

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Back Country Fishing Report Islamorada Florida

Everyone has heard there is a season for everything.  That is so true and we are so lucky here in Islamorada that no matter how many seasonal transitions we go through, there is literally always something to catch.  Now the mangrove snapper have apparently finished their time on the reef and have spread themselves across the back country, bridges, gulf wrecks and the rest of your favorite places to catch them.  A pretty decent trout bite has resumed in the western areas of Florida Bay and a few other select spots.  They are biting your favorite baits, lures ad assorted methods to entice a bite. 

I have seen some great pictures and post of folks getting out in the gulf and having some great times catching Goliath Groupers, also from now till we have a strong cold front, the shark fishing should be a no brainer, there is lots of lemons throughout Florida Bay and the Gulf, plenty of Blacktips and Bulls round off some pretty wicked shark fishing.  The main event is the Snook and Red bite. 

The Snook are in many of the moats and flats adjoining, moreover if you’re somewhere the skeeters are buzzing you, they are close by.  Reds are putting smiles on lots of anglers faces most of them are up on the flats, but if you set up on your favorite creek drain you will be in like Flynn.  Poppers, spoons, shrimp, pilchards (if you can find them), soft plastics, buzz baits and fly’s, anglers are tallying up some great days with the delivery of their choice. 

Still quite a few Tarpon over on the Cape and they seem to be dining on finger mullet.  The shows are exiting they will ambush the  little nuggets and the jack crevalle get right in there with the Tarpon and it makes for a show that makes any Anglers Heart Beat Faster.  So anyway there will be another transition right around the corner and the game will change, I hope everyone will get out on the water and take advantage of the incredible fishery we have here.

There is lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to be had, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, www.pirateforhirecharters.com out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.

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