Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report!  The weather this week has been pretty decent, with a little wind on Wednesday, but it appears that it is shaping up nicely for the weekend.  The forecast is calling for 10 Knots out of the East to Southeast, and should make up some really nice Dolphin fishing conditions!  We all know that a successful day of fishing is very dependent on your ability to be “dialed in” on catching bait.  This week has been great, as there have been lots of live baits around for us to catch.  Whether it is Cigar Minnows, Pilchards, Blue Runners, or Ballyhoo there has been a definite surplus around the bait patches and shallow reefs.  Even the weed lines offshore are starting to produce “hook bait” sized Blue Runners and Yellow Jacks.  Having the ability to gather up the bait has made life much easier on the offshore scene without a doubt.  So, how has the fishing been this week?  Absolutely fantastic!  The Swordfish ledge has been producing Swordfish this week, with some fish in the 100 to 200 pound class from the North end of the Wall, all the way south to outside the Ups and Downs.  The bite continues to get better as we get into summer, and should get even better as we approach the late summer/ fall moons with September and October being the prime months.  Dolphin and Bonita strips and bellies have been the best baits, but I am sure most anything will work.  They generally aren’t too picky, as we use these more for durability than anything.  Squid will work well too, but it is much easier for them to knock the bait off the hook with the squid than it is with the other.  The Mahi bite has been excellent this week, with a lot of really nice fish making their way to the docks.  The live bait has been the best way to go as these guys are gorging themselves on the abundance of Flying Fish, and the normal “weed line” baits that are out there.  The magic depths have been 800’ to 1700’ all up and down the line.  There are some fish in the shallower depths, but the majority of them have been on the smaller side.  Good numbers of them though if you are out in hopes of just catching a few schoolies for dinner, so you shouldn’t have to run too far.  The deep dropping in the broken bottom continues to be good, with good numbers of Tile Fish, Snowy, and Yellow Edge groupers as well.  Be sure and stay on top of the new regulations where these guys are concerned, as the limits have recently changed to only one Tile and one Grouper per vessel.  The humps continue to produce Blackfin Tuna and Amberjacks, although the Amberjack bite seemed to slow down considerably this week.  Good numbers of feather Tuna on the Islamorada Hump, as well as the 409 Hump.  The best of the Tuna action has been on the Marathon Hump, as there are some size large Tunas there, but the Sharks have been really bad.  Live baiting with Pilchards while live chumming has been decent, but if they aren’t coming up then drifting a live bait down to where they are holding has been doing pretty well.  This really puts you in the “shark zone”, so be prepared to deal with the tax collector.

 

The wrecks have been pretty good this week with the Mutton Snappers, and even a few nice Groupers.  I wouldn’t call it a “sure thing”, but there have definitely been a handful of fish around.  Some Almaco Jacks, Jack Crevalle, and Bonita hanging out there as well.  I even heard of a few larger Blackfin Tunas patrolling the deeper wrecks, so it would appear to be a little action in these areas as well.  The reef was a bit slow early in the week as the current was up into the wind, but today’s report was just the opposite.  Three different reports I received all stated the Yellowtail fishing was excellent, and the big Mangroves were mixed right in there with them.  A few Mutton Snappers and Groupers to add a little icing on the cake, and made for a few really nice catches.  This is definitely something to look forward to for the weekend!

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

Lots of folks in the morning with such anticipation on their faces, and the same faces in the afternoon with big grins on.  I have been watching this, the biggest part of my life.  The faces may change but the M.O.  is familiar.  And these faces have been the results of just crazy good Tarpon fishing, night and day both tides.  In fact the biggest hurdle is bait and a never ending sea of Sargasso weed.  Everglades National Park is not to be second to fishing anywhere some wicket Tarpon actions on the western edge flats and channels as well as the capes and out there if you can keep the black tips off long enough it is almost a gimmy.  And here on the flats let me tell you what, there is some wicked good bone fishing going on.  This is so encouraging and exciting.  I am talking about big numbers,  six a day, ten a day, fly, spin, bait, artificial, it is fantastic, most of the fish are medium to small, but  who cares their bonefish and everybody is glad to see them.  Also on the flats is some big Permit are putting on a show, cooperation with the bite followed by drag melting runs has got many guides hot on their tails, and some big smile on some folks.  Navigate your way down here to World Wide sportsman, Shop in the store, Come out back to the Bayside marina and consult with some of guys running the bait shop (their very nice and full of information) and thy will steer you straight to some of the best guides on the planet, and when you return you can take your catch next door and have hook and cook done for your at Islamorada Fish Company, or have your catch shipped back home for you by the retail market. Come see us there is lots here for everybody.  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 the week’s report!  The winds have been pretty good to us this week, but it appears that the weekend might have a different song to sing.  We will have to wait and see what is really going to happen, but only time will tell.  Bait fishing this week has been awesome as there has been plenty of bait in the area, and it has been relatively easy to catch as well.  This will change if the wind starts blowing, but hopefully not to the point of impossible. 

The offshore bite has slowed up a bit this week, but there are still some Mahi in the area.  A lot of fish living down deep, and only popping up when they need a quick bite which makes it hard to land on top of them.  The birds aren’t acting like they should, and all around makes fishing a bit difficult.  There have been a lot of weeds around, so sight fishing in the weed has been the best of it, or if you can find some debris.  If you find a good weed line that you know has had fish on it stay with it.  You will find them, or the birds will get on them when they pop up.  Further offshore, a few Swordfish caught this past week with one topping the scales at over 400 pounds!  A few other fish in the 200 pound class, so rest assured that the bite is getting better.  The Tunas are starting to get into a groove on the humps, and we have even found a few nice schools of fish off of the humps that have been willing to bite.  The birds are covering these guys up as they have nowhere else to eat since the Mahi have been staying down deep.  A lot of turtles floating around holding fish (mahi) as well, so put in your time and you will find a few for sure.

On the reef and wrecks the fish continue to bite.  The reef has been better than the wrecks, but we have still managed to snatch some nice bottom fish out of these areas.  The sharks are starting to get bad in both places again, so you will have to deal with that, but nonetheless there are some fish willing to play if you have the right conditions.  Short and sweet this week folks, as there isn’t as much to report as I would like.  Looking forward to a big one next week!

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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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  HOLY COW has it been ROUGH!  The winds have been blowing about 25 mph straight out of the East since Sunday, and I have to say that in all of the years I have been fishing down here the past few days have absolutely been the roughest I can remember.  You say why don’t I just stay home instead of fishing in that stuff?  Well…that is easy….the fish are biting!  The Dolphin fishing has been great this week, with some really nice fish being caught and a lot of them.  They have even been relatively shallow in 300 to 500 feet, which has made it really nice not having to run 20 miles to get to them.  We had to run out earlier in the week, but there were fish being caught inside as well.  It is extremely nice to see so many fish, and it makes the rough weather well worth it to see the smiles on my customer’s faces.  No one has been to the Sword grounds this week due to the weather so no report from that end, but there have been a few Tunas on the humps, although they are small.  Some of the usual suspects as well like AJ’s and Sharks to go with them. 

On the wrecks, they have been given a rest this week, at least from my boat, as we have been going offshore.  I haven’t heard of too much going on there, but I am sure if you give them a shot this weekend when the weather calms down there will be some Mutton’s biting due to the spawning moon.  This will also be good on the reef’s edge in known areas as well.  Fish the rise of the moon a couple/few hours before it comes up as will be the best time up until an hour or so after it rises.    Should be a good one with this weather we are having leading up to it.  I can’t wait!  The reef has been productive for the people who can stand to be anchored up in these heavy seas.  Plenty of Yellowtails happy to bite as they continue with their spawning activities.  Even a few Groupers this week for a few crews that were out on the hook.  Plenty to catch and plenty keep you busy if you were able to get out.  Looks like the weather is going to try and subside for the weekend to about 10Kts, so this will be much more enjoyable than what earlier in the week has given us.  I just hope the fishing stays as good!

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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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The fishing has really heated up this week as the Dolphin are really showing up in good numbers!  Depths from 400’ to 1200’ have had nice weed lines and the fish have been plentiful.  Some really nice slammer sized fish all the way down to schoolies, pretty much all you want the last few days.  The Swordfishing has been picking up as well, with some nice fish from 80 to 300 pounds being caught this week.  The humps are holding some smaller size Blackfin Tunas and Amberjacks as well as the usual men in the gray suits.  Looking for all this to continue to get even better as the weekend approaches.  The weather this weekend looks to be a little blustery as the winds are going to pick up to around 20 mph out of the east, so the smaller boats might have a little trouble, but if you have a boat that can do it safely then the fishing should be excellent!  Bait has been the toughest part this week, but we have managed to put a well full together each day.  Not many pilchards around, but some Cigar Minnows and Ballyhoo have been somewhat reliable.  The Jacks on the weeds are getting bigger, but not really to the size we like but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they are. 

The wrecks have been slowly picking up each day as we approach the moon.  This should continue to get better until it arrives, and the Mutton and Grouper bite should be full on.  This is generally the last month for the Muttons to spawn, so be sure and take advantage of this fishery especially on this moon.  There have been some Kings and Jacks living on these areas as well, so there is plenty to keep you busy. 

The reef has been on fire as the Yellowtails continue to spawn.  The larger flags have been hungry making for some great action with some nice size fish.  The Grouper bite on the reef has been sporadic, but they have been under some pretty heavy pressure with the season opening at the beginning of the month, so they are just settling in from the beating they took on the 1st of the month.  All in all the fishing has been pretty good, and we are excited to enter this summer season with the fishing forecast looking the way that it does!

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

Summer Snook fishing is getting an A+ rating, as everyone that is targeting them is having opportunities abound.  Although I have not heard or seen about any Giants of anybody reporting big numbers, but just good fishing wherever you like to hunt for the ole linesiders.  Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is the number one target around town.  Seems as if the numbers and cooperation is surpassing last year’s successes.  In fact the conditions and the bait are tougher than actually catching the tarpon themselves.  Also when the sun comes out and the wind lets up, I know that they will be plenty of epic battles coming from the sight fisherman.  I am delighted to report the trout have come back and the summer numbers are looking up to par.  A mixed bag of small, and large specks are being caught all through the Back Country and Florida Bay.  Scampi shrimp with or without popping cork, gulps, curly tails, and shrimp whatever you like to throw is seemingly what they want, so the Bite is On!!  Do you like to catch snappers, well then you are in luck, because these puppies are in full swing, every guide here at World Wide Sportsman are bringing in a couple for their clients to take over to Islamorada Fish Company to have their fresh catch cooked up and most of these are by catch for these guys are Tarpon fishing at the bridges and some of these are tipping the scales at four and five pounds.  Think about that these jumbo mangys are eating mullet (live and dead) and big chunks of mullet, pilchards and the biggest shrimp you can put in your mitts and fight!!!  Wow these fine eating fish are excellent fighters as well, and they too are spread thought the islands and Florida bay and back country.  I have not heard of or seen much in the way of Permit, but I am sure when the sun decides to come back out, and the wind relaxes, there will be good numbers.  Redfish numbers are seemingly down as well but I am sure that will not last.  Some on down to Bayside Marina here at World Wide in the morning and give a chat to the guides and marina staff, they have got plenty information to help you achieve a successful vacations whether it be fishing or cruising or just a slip for the night.  Lots of bait, plenty of Good Times, Whatever your choices may be, just come see us 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 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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