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!