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Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report!  Still another week down here with some great fishing!  The weather has been a little breezy with some rain moving around, but the fish keep on coming!  The Dolphin bite offshore continues to be as good as it gets, with everyone basically catching their limits every day.  These fish have all been moving to the East, but I can’t imagine it will happen much longer.  We had a good push of fish going South bound, as their normal migratory patterns would be, but this week everything has been moving up the road.  They have to come back some time, so I guess we will just keep putting them in the box and keep the smiles coming!  It has been an action packed week offshore, and the beauty of it all is it has been close.  I haven’t gone more than 16 miles all week, and it has been great!  The bait this week has been on point as well, with big schools of Pilchards on the deep grass flats enabling us to fill up the livewell each day.  There have also been some cigar minnows and nice size blue runners mixed in with them.  In addition, the large mats of weed that have been out in the current have had good numbers of the smaller jacks on them, so bait has been a breeze.  A little further out the Swordfish bite has slowed down, but there were still a few caught this week, but the thunderstorms have made this fishing a bit less desirable that usual. 

 

The wreck fishing this week has been absolutely crushed by the sharks.  It appears that even more Black tip and Spinner sharks have moved out to the deeper wrecks on the reef making it nearly impossible to get anything off the bottom.  We chose to bypass this type of fishing this week as I am not into giving away nice Mutton Snappers and Groupers away for free.  These sharks range from 50 to 125 pounds and do make for a great time on light tackle.  They are also willing to eat most anything you put in front of them have it be a live bait or a nice slab of Bonita they are going to eat it.  We did catch a few just for the fun of it on the 20 pound spinning outfits and it was a lot of fun so this is definitely a sure thing if sharks are what you are into. 

 

The reef has been pretty good this week with some nice Yellowtails and plenty of Mangrove Snappers.  There have also been some nice Cero Mackerel showing up on the reef, and these guys make some great table fare.  Most people discard them and think they are more like a King or Spanish Mackerel where table fare is concerned, but make no mistake they are delicious!  A flat line out the back will surely get you a bite on just about any sort of live bait, so leave one out while you are drifting baits for the Snappers and get ready!  You will be surprised at how tasty they are when you give them a chance.

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 offshore fishing this week has been excellent as the Swordfishing and Dolphin fishing has been incredible!  The Sword ledge has been producing, and I mean some whoppers!  Fish up to 412 pounds were caught this week between Marathon and Key Largo, with several boats catching a 3 fish limit.  Some great fishing, and amazing table fare.  In addition to the Swordfishing, the Dolphin bite has been excellent with pretty much all you could want or need.  There's a lot going on out there, and it all seems to be in our favor just the way we like it!  The weather for the weekend is forecast at 10 to 15 knots out of the east, so even better because the conditions are favorable for the fishing to stay really good! 

 

The humps are getting better each day as large schools of Blackfin Tuna continue to move onto the local sea mounts.  The Amberjack population seems to be dwindling, as the shark population appears to grow, but that is pretty normal for this time of year.  Lots of Barracudas are living in these areas as well as Bonita and Skipjacks.  The largest of the Tunas are still on the Marathon Hump, but there are a few larger schools on each one. 

 

The reef and wrecks remain consistent, and really infested with sharks.  The usual Snappers, Groupers, Jacks, Bonita, and Cero Mackeral etc....are there, but the "tax collector" has definitely been taking his cut.  The current was a little weak this week, but who knows what the weekend will bring.  The night fishing has been pretty good, and the Sharks have been much less bothersome.  Just a suggestion if that works for you. 

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 weather this week has been absolutely beautiful!  This forecast is supposed to carry on throughout the weekend, so it should be great for boats of all sizes.  The sun has been shining, seas are calm, and the current has been smoking up the road.  These are all great ingredients for fishing, and it has been really nice, with the fishing being no so shabby either!  The fishing report from the deep ledge on the Swordfish grounds has been decent.  Some fish being caught each day, although, nothing to crazy on the sizes.  The majority of the fish being caught have been under the 150 pound range, with the biggest part of them in the 50 to 80 pound range.  Some nice fish for the table, or just nice to let go of to grow up a bit.  The bite has been decent all up and down the line from Marathon to Key Largo.  In a little closer the Dolphin fishing has been a bit tough, but we have been making it happen each day.  Not a lot of bigger fish around with the calmer seas, but some nice gaffer size fish mixed with a lot of smaller fish.  We have been managing around 20 to 30 nice keepers each day, but have had our share of “shakers” throughout the day.  It appears that the last few days the bite has been on the shallow side from 450 to 700 in and around the large mats of Sargasm weed that has been coming through with the Gulfstream.  There have been some fish out in the deep, but the past few days the best of it has been in these depths.  The birds haven’t been flying too heavily, but there are some around and on fish.  The Humps have been producing good numbers of Blackfin Tuna, with a lot of Skipjack tunas mixed in.  Plenty of sharks, and a fair bite of AJ’s and Almacos on the bottom. 

 

The wrecks have been pretty good this week as well, with some nice Mutton Snappers, and a few Groupers.  Still a few King Mackerel around and a lot of Barracudas perusing these areas, with good numbers of Bonita too.  Plenty of action to be had while drifting or anchoring, and live bait has been the ticket!  Pilchards have been the bait of choice, with Cigar Minnows as a close second choice.  That is all that we have used this week, but you can bet that Ballyhoo and Speedos will work excellent as well. 

 

The reef still continues to produce as the Yellowtail Snappers and Mangrove Snappers have been happy with the greener water on the reef and the abundance of current.  The bottom bite in these areas has seemed to slow down a bit where the Groupers and Muttons are concerned, but the Mangroves have been very generous.  The sharks have been happy as well when the Snappers get chummed up, so be prepared to deal with the tax collector.  All in all the fishing is good, and should continue through the weekend.  If you are going Dolphin fishing, you might want to consider an afternoon trip to increase your chances.  There have been better numbers during the late part of the afternoon, rather than during the earlier part of the day.  Either way there have been fish, but the sizes have been a bit better after 3:00, and there is still plenty of sunlight to stay until the evening.

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

Here is the deal, I catch a lot of fish, If I did not my success as a guide, well let us just say I would not be successful but, this is not about me, but rather a testimonial about my tackle.  I put my tackle in the hands of hundreds of people each year catching thousands of fish.  The size and weights of these fish vary from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds.  To catch these fish all year long, year after year I have depended almost completely on offshore angler products.  I like to make mention on one rod and reel combination that truly lives up to the rigors' of daily action and heavy pressure.  I have combined the redfish series RFX 12-20 7 foot and RFX 10-17 7 foot, with the offshore angler frigate reels both 3000 and 4000, spooled with offshore angler extreme and power braid 10 pound and I am really impressed with the rods, it is hard to believe that such a light weight rod that has the feel of a customer and the backbone flexible, but super strong.  At such an affordable price, I have tested these rods against Tarpon up to 80 pounds, Goliath Grouper over 60 pounds, Kingfish, Cobia, Snook, Redfish, Permit and all have succumbed to the abilities of these rods.  The Frigates have proven themselves as well with a very strong drag that is easily adjusted.  I am still a little skeptical about the bail I have had a failure to close just a few times, but keep in mind they are opened and closed dozens and dozens of times each day!  With little more than a squirt of water and a wipe down and a shot of spray lube after each day.  I am also curious to see the longevity of these reels to the fact that at this point I have only been using them for a year.  Now yes my fishing friends you can buy much better equipment but for my purposes a rod and reel that I can put in the hands of sportsmen as well as novices light enough to use all day, strong enough you are not intimidated to take on fish that far exceed it every day at affordable prices they are truly hard to beat.

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

The only reason there are not any more bonefish being caught, can be blamed on Mother Nature’s other tricks, high winds, cloud cover; otherwise it is truly game on.  Lots are being caught on fly… Lots!  Some guides catching up to double digits in half day trips, most are not big fish and it is believed most of these fish have been hatched after the freeze, I will buy that.  It is just great to hear about them and see the guides faces light when they talk about them.  They are over shadowing the other bites; Tarpon are now behaving abnormally with many reports of guys only getting one shot or two at best on a trip.  The backcountry is a little slow.  The red hot summer snook bite has slowed to a simmer, and the redfish are still pretty spooky, but plenty  permit are being caught on the bayside mid island flats and hawks channel, fish are plentiful but, it a little choppy for small boats.  Anyway there is always something to catch here in Islamorada, Florida.  So come on down to World Wide Sportsman and take a walk thru the store to find your fishing gear, then find your way out back to the Bayside Marina and talk to the friendly staff and book a guide 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!  The weather has been pretty decent this week, and has allowed us to target anything we wanted.  Bait has been plentiful all week as well, so this has made life fairly easy as we head into the Holidays.  The deep report on the Swordfish ledge has been decent with a few nice fish being caught.  With the moon Wednesday night, earlier in the week was the best of it.  Some really nice Mahi caught by the guys in the deep, with 2 in the 50 pound range and my charter boat "Catchalottafish" was lucky enough to catch one of them!  The best of the Mahi fishing has been from 850' to crevasse of the straights, so don't be afraid to go deep.  Sargassum weed has been lined up pretty much everywhere, with the current racing to the Northeast.  The daytime bite has slowed a bit with the full moon, but if you planned well enough to fish the afternoon into the evening the fish have been popping up.  It's been nice too as you beat a bit of the heat by coming back in the evening.  The deep dropping offshore is pretty much pointless with the closures, as Tilefish is completely closed, and you can only keep one Snowy per vessel.  The shallower ledges will allow us to catch Porgies, vermillion and Yellow Eye Snappers, so this will become the deep target soon enough as fall approaches.  The Humps have been good this week with some heavy action of Blackfin Tuna.  All the humps are holding good numbers of the feather tunas, with the Marathon Hump holding the largest fish.

The reef and wrecks have been on fire leading up to this moon as the water has been moving and the fish right there with it!  Muttons, Yellowtail, and let's not forget the epic Mangrove Snapper bite that is really just beginning!  If you throw in a few Grouper bites and what a day for everyone!  These areas have been loaded up with fish, and should continue into the weekend.  There have even been some decent Kings around this week on the deeper wrecks, as well as large Bonita's, Barracudas, and Sharks!

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 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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