Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Long lasting cold fronts and a long period of cold water has had the water in Everglades National Park a little slower than normal, but be that as it may every day we find fish.  I have said it before and I will say it again we are so spoiled here in Islamorada.  What most of us guides feel is not a banner day still lives up to the expectations of our clientele, and when we have a good day most of our patrons are blown away, and when we think it is an exceptional day the client is left with life long memories.  Anyway the bridges although a little slow are still producing some decent snapper action, but that the only place seemingly.  The Mackerel bite in the bay has slowed, but in the gulf it is still pretty good.  Snook bite around Flamingo is slow, but around areas of the cape it is holding its own.  Redfish around Flamingo are making a moderate showing, their strong at the last of the tide and into the ebb.  When the wind has allowed the guys have been frequently making trips to the patches and the bite out there has been topnotch.  Even some unseasonable permits have made quite a show.  Speaking of permit Captain Rich Burson took his party Permit fishing and they managed two Permit over twenty five pounds and both on ten pound test… Good Stuff.  Sometimes it seem like there is no best or worst time maybe someday we will have a Tarpon Tournament in February, but I am not going to hold my breath.  Any way come down and come see us here at World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, lots of things to see and do, and a lot of talented guides to choose from.  Catchemup Captain Ron.

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

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report!  The fishing this week has been an exciting variety, but still very slow on the Sailfishing.  Plenty of Mutton Snappers, Groupers, Kings, Jacks, and a few Wahoo and Blackfin Tunas on the wrecks and live bottom out to 300', along with some nice Vermillion and Yellow Eye Snappers.  Some really nice Porgies mixed in there as well.  Live Pilchards and Cigar minnows have been the bait of choice, but deboned Ballyhoo have been working as well as Speedos.  The reef bite has been decent as well with the Yellowtails being fired up as the water has warmed up a couple degrees.  The patches remain strong, and should continue with this new front.  Bait has been a little difficult, but as things begin to warm up should get back to normal.  Although, it looks like the wind is going to kick up a bit for Friday and Saturday,so let's just hope it stays more NE than East as it won't be as rough.  The current is smoking to the NE, so it has the ability to be a sloppy weekend any way we look at it.  We will just have to wait and see how it all plays out.  The water has cleaned up offshore finally, so I would think that some sails should move in on the reef and local hot spots.  This could be just what we have been waiting for!  I am keeping my 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

Well I hope everyone’s Christmas went as they wanted it to and you got all your fishing rods and tackle that you needed or wanted under the tree.  Let’s give it up 2016 in hopes for the best fishing trips of all times.  And speaking of fishing trips the rush has now quelled but wow there were some outstanding days during the after Christmas rush.  Tons of Folk’s streamed down Highway US1 and spread themselves out between Key West and Key Largo.  Now I cannot speak for what was caught anywhere else but, here in Islamorada.  If it was anything like here at home it must have been Fantastic.  We had to overcome some windy conditions but wow we caught a lot of fish.  The numbers of Mackerel in the Gulf and Bay are off the chart.  Lots of big Mangrovers and juvenile Muttons thrilled so many.  I cannot believe how many Tarpon were caught, but the warmer conditions have allowed a lot of the Silver kings to hand around longer than normal.  Snook actions is not to be denied a mention either good numbers of them making plenty folks smiling.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for the soon arrival of Sheepshead and Black Drum to add to the menu of things to catch.  Do not forget to include World Wide Sportsman to your things to do when you come to visit there is lots to see and do and we look forward to seeing everyone.  Thanks Again, Come Catchemup, Captain Ron

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

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  What a week this has been as the wind and rain really kicked up early in the week, and made for some nearly unfishable conditions after Monday.  As the front came through the winds were blowing and gusting around 30 mph and with a lot of rain and storms.  We didn’t make it out after Monday, neither did the majority of the fleet.  The good news is that as of Thursday the winds have subsided and the rain has diminished, so it looks like things are going to calm down a bit for the weekend.  Although, there is another front going to come through late Sunday night and the temps are going to drop into the high 60’s which is a welcomed event.  The water has been so warm all year that it feels like the longest summer ever.  We finally got our first “real cool spell” early this week, so I suppose winter is really here now.  A couple more of these fronts and it should really shape things up for us on the Sailfishing front.  The bite has been very unpredictable the past week, but there have been a few fish around.  We have been averaging about 2 to 4 shots per day, so the Sailfishing has been OK, but not red hot by any means.  The fishing day has been good, as there has been some variety out there with Kings, Blackfin Tuna, and even a few Dolphin.  We even had a couple days last weekend where the Wahoo’s were pretty thick and everyone it seemed managed to catch a couple.  These guys will probably be around pretty good for Friday and Saturday so if that is part of your plan then you should do well.  They really like the calm weather and blue water, so with the forecast down to pretty much nothing for Friday and Saturday this could be a good plan barring the water doesn’t get too dirty from the last front.  The reef and wrecks have been pretty decent this past week as well, but the Yellowtails were a little finicky with the gin clear water.  They were catchable, but patience was definitely a virtue.  The shallow patches have been really good with Mutton’s and Mangroves, so this is another good idea as well.  Plenty of Cero Macks there too, and the Pilchards on a lead head jig have been the ticket.  Plenty of Groupers around too, although they are closed, so action is not an issue.  Mutton Snappers on the Wrecks, King Mackerel, a few Blackfin Tunas and Wahoo really rounded it out.  I would look for the same this weekend.  Sunday might be a bit challenging with the wind going to the West preparing for the front, so I would make your plans accordingly. If you have the opportunity to fish Friday and Saturday, that would be the best plan.  On our coast we have a saying that differs from most areas and that is “winds out of the West, stay home and rest”.  West winds aren’t the best here in the Keys, but if you know how to manage your success, and by that I mean fish for what bites in a west wind, you will be fine.  Focus on the reef and King Mackerel as they don’t seem to mind the West wind as much, and with this wind the water generally gets dirty and these guys like a little dirty water.  Bait should be easy Friday and Saturday as the Pilchards should move in front the reef to the shallow sand/patchy areas.  Tennessee reef, Alligator Reef, and Crocker Reef have been the areas these guys have been popping up, so look for the Yellow Beak Terns and they will give them away.  It is generally an early morning activity so don’t have too much fun the night before and get a “Hollywood start” and expect stellar results.  Get out by 7am and use your binoculars to find the birds and if you do you will find the bait.  The normal bait patch spots have been holding Cigar Minnows, Ballyhoo, Blue Runners, and a few Sardines if you do happen to get a late start.

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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The weather this week was decent early in the week despite some rain, but looks to be blowing pretty good for the rest of the week and the weekend.  The fishing this week remains the same with a few shots each day on the Sails, and plenty of Kings and other critters filling in.  We have been kite fishing mostly this week, and haven’t spent much time on the reef but maybe an hour or two.  The Yellowtails have been biting, but definitely best on the incoming tide with the warmer offshore waters moving across the reef.  The current has been going all directions this week, so there hasn’t been much consistency with the weather or the conditions.  The patches remain strong with a good bite of Mutton Snappers, Hogfish, Mangrove Snappers, Yellowtails, Porgies, and Cero Mackerel.  This fishery is probably the most consistent fishery we have right now, but all of the usual winter critters are available if you have the time to put into trying to catch them.  We have another front coming in this weekend, so we are looking forward to a new batch of fish moving into our area.  Bait has been decent this week as well with a good school of Pilchards up around Conch Reef, and Cigars, Ballyhoo, a few Sardines, and Blue Runners around the shallow bait patches.  All in all we are hanging in there, and keep making it happen.  This weather seems to have the majority of the fish offshore pretty rattled, as their isn’t much rhyme or reason to how they are acting, so I suppose it is due to the ever changing weather conditions.  It is still pretty good fishing though, so we will take it!

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

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Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Pirate for Hire Charters, Captain Ron Brack

Pirate For Hire Charters, Captain Ron Brack

I thought for sure the snook was going to wear through the ten pound braid or the thirty pound floro leader.  In the mangrove roots and out, over and over and finally… wait a minute I am ahead of the tale.  It started out early this am I prepped the boat like ten thousand times before taking a scoop of pinfish and razor belly pilchards, caught the day before and loaded the live well with a dozen of them and ten dozen shrimp.  Off we go across the Florida Bay to hit as many spots as it takes to land a few Snook.  First spot a long a mangrove bank in deep water, after a few mangrove snapper viola Line sider on and fifteen seconds later adios, the hook pulled.  I explained to the angler no biggy there will be more shots and that’s stuff happens not long, later tide is ebbing and the bite will be over soon, one more mystery bite and its game over.  So we chase the tide across the bay to catch the end of the tide again.  Bam hooked up again and Bam double header, first fish finds a dead log and second fish gets attacked by a lemon shark that cuts that leader.  A few more casts, a few more baits and slack tide again, and here we go running again twenty five minutes this time to work shore line on the incoming.  First cast we get a crushing bite and the snook propels himself out of the water and does a rolling cart wheel land we get him on three seconds later pull the hook, because, because the hook became twisted back around in the bait.  A few deep breaths and high fives on that insane attack and back we go fifty casts later and three quarter of a mile covered and so tactic change run to close creek and power drift throw combos of bait and artificial whap a snapper, whap sheep head, whap more snapper and more snapper and juvenile redfish but no still no snook so off again, off to another shore line that accessible to me with this tide thirty minutes away, but I know we will find one.  (Well I hope so!)Anyway we work down the next shore line, it does not take long and we come up on a beauty just sitting there waiting for us.  A cast and too far beyond him another bait comes off the hook, another bait hits and sticks in a branch.  Power pole down, he is still there unaffected by our presence grab another rod and leave that one hang, bait on hook and cast, bait lands twelve feet from snook and the anglers starts to wind bait a little closer and the snook explodes out of cover and attacks the semi alive pilchard like he is not going to get another meal, and it is game on this is a good fish and immediately runs right down the shore line with us on the trolling hot on his heels, I talk the angler through a terrific fight, in and out of the mangrove roots, over and over I surely thought he would win and wear through the braid or the floro but, it held the epic battle.  He brings his well earned catch boat side so I can dip him up.  Now what a day for this one magnificent fish.  Spot after spot, rig after rig, baits, artificial and multiple area type tactics.  Now I know one first may seem kind of weak, but he was the quarry and one made a commitment and I admire my anglers tenacity.  It paid off.  The fish was thirty six inches, probably over twelve pounds, and he thrilled my client and me very much and watching that fish swim away was very satisfying.  I want to take a Welcome Captain Carlos Jimenez as our new guide here at World Wide Sportsman.  I have known him a very long time and I am confident he will be a great addition to our already very talented fleet.  Come and see us here at World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina 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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Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Yes, the rumors are true, the fishing in Islamorada is Fantastic, no matter what time of year there is always something to do somewhere you can go something to catch and all through 2015 the guides here at World Wide Sportsman have stalked up some more that impressive catches.  They have won numerous tournaments and placed in many more.  They have taken countless folks young and old from every walk of life on trips of a lifetime.  Our clients return to the dock with lots of responses from tired hands and arms giant grins and just outright excited.  Many return with fish, some to take or send home using Islamorada Fish Company shipping service.  Many take their fish to their favorite restaurant a great deal wind up going to the dining room or bar next door or up at Zane Grey.  Some hang out go around the property or in the store and yak with other folks that fished that day of with many of the crew around here.  Most all know about fishing around here!  There are many things to do and y many more to go but, they all leave with a smile.  The last month of 2015 I expect no less and for 2016 I hope even more folks will come down and take all this in.  So much to do, so much to Catch.  We would like to Thank, everyone who has made 2015 a successful year, and welcome those who want a Saltwater Adventure.  This is the Place!  Merry Christmas, and a Fantastic New Year.  Catchemup Captain Ron

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

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  Some great fishing here this week off the Upper Keys, but the winds are still blowing.  The wind has been blowing 20 knots or better all week, and it doesn’t look like it is going to let up much until the middle of the weekend or early next week.  The good news has been that the wind has been mostly out of the North to Northeast the early part of the week, but since going to the East it has been really rough.  It looks like it could come down to around 15 knots sometime during the weekend, but we will just have to wait and see.  It is forecast to be between Northeast and East, so let’s hope that it stays more Northeast, as this will make it much more accessible leaving us in the “lee” of the islands.  The beauty of the weather this week has been that we finally got a “cool” front.  The temperatures have dropped down to 70 degrees, and has cooled the water off offshore about 3 degrees.  This is going to do wonders for our Sailfishing coming up later this week and should definitely push some fish into our area.  Overall we have had a few nice days of Sailfishing, but the bottom fish on the reef and the wrecks has been really good.  I don’t know anyone who ventured outside of 300 feet of water, but there has been plenty going on on the reef and off the edge.  For the weekend, look for the winds to be in the 15-20 knot range and hope that the wind stays more Northeast than East.  The current this week was moving Southwest, so we are hoping that the Gulf Stream current moves in and starts moving up the road as this will also help out the cause.  Look for the Reef and wrecks to be dynamite this week as you should see nice catches of Muttons and Groupers.  Plenty of Jacks and Kings roaming all over the place on both the reefs and the wrecks so getting bites shouldn’t bee too difficult.  There has been some really nice Blackfin Tunas on the wrecks as well, especially if you are kite fishing and chumming, they seem to be very happy with this condition.  Bait fishing this week was good too, with plenty of Ballyhoo, Blue Runners, and Cigar Minnows, and Sardines on the patches.  There are even some Pilchards around up and down the beach, so if you pay attention to the Pelicans and Terns you will find them.  All in all it should be a good weekend after this moon, so if you are able to get out with the winds that are in the forecast it should be a good time!

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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  Who wants to go Dolphin fishing?  Well, if you are interested then get down here because there are Dolphin everywhere!  It is absolutely incredible the amount of fish that are in our area, and did I mention that it is December?  This is crazy, but it is very true and all inside of 200’ of water.  How long it will last who knows, but for now a box full of Dolphin, some Sails, a few monster Blackfin Tunas, and throw in a Wahoo or 2 along with a few nice Kings, and a few nice bottom fish to round out the box….Yep this is happening!  Fishing is pretty good down here right now, and with the way the weather has been all over the place, it is making for some very happy anglers.  Now, I am sure that if you went offshore let’s say 15 miles or so, and you found some weed lines or debris, that it would be holding fish.  I don’t know why you would though, because everything but Swordfish is within 7 miles of the beach.  Absolutely no reason to go any further unless you are hunting Swords.  I have caught Dolphin every month of the year, but have never seen this many fish pouring through in December.  Maybe we can attribute it to good conservation with the commercial closures, as this would make sense.  Or, maybe it is mostly due to the warmer water temps?  I can’t say for sure, but what I can say is that offshore fishing is really good right now, so if you want some meat for the freezer, then you had better book your trip now before it is over!  

 

The wreck fishing this week has remained pretty good.  I have seen a few nice catches of Mutton Snappers, Groupers, and some really nice Kings all through the early part of this week, and these guys are running over into the shallower reefs.  Since this last cool front, it really got things moving in the right direction.  The reef has been loaded up nicely with Yellowtail Snappers and Mangrove Snappers, as well as some really nice Cero Macks and Kings.  Even a few Sails hooked on the Anchor, while fishing for Yellowtails on the reef.  I still think we need one more hard cool front to really kick the Sailfishing into action, but we will take what we can get.  

 

The weather report for the weekend has a lot of wind and rain in it as of now, but with a little luck it will say around 15 knots, and stay northeast.  Either way we will be out there fishing the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament,

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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  This week has been a blustery mess as the winds have been blowing 20 knots or better since Saturday night.  The good news is that the winds are forecast to come down on Thursday and should be 10 to 15 knots over the weekend.  With a little luck this hard East/ Southeast wind will blow the current in close to the reef and give us some Northeaset/ East current.  We have been stuck for the past week with Southwest current, which isn’t as desirable for our winter time fishery.  In addition, if the East current moves in, the fishing should be fantastic!  I would predict there will be some Mahi in shallow crushing bait on the reef, and this should ignite the Sailfishing for the season.  The temperatures have been a bit cooler, but we would definitely like to see get a bit more of a temperature drop.  I think this will at least bring in some additional fish to play with for the next week or so.  The offshore scene will have some Mahi in it I am sure, and if the weeds are able to come together or any edges get built, you can rest assured there will be some fish in/on it.  This should also push more tunas in on the deep ledge so the kite fishing should be really good as well with a good variety of fish.  The last day we fished was Sunday, and it was rough.  However, there was an extreme amount of bait stacking up between 160’ all the way in to about 40’ of water, and the King Mackerel’s were ferocious.  These guys should be everywhere over the weekend, so if you are on the hunt for these guys it should be a no brainer.  Speedos and Cigar Minnows will be the bait of choice, with Pilchards coming in right behind.  The wrecks and rock piles on the reef will surely be the ticket to finding these guys, so twist up some #3 or #4 wire and hang on!  

The reef and wrecks should remain productive as these areas haven’t been fished really since the past weekend.  With the wind out of the Southeast and the current going up the road (we hope), this should create and ideal condition for the Snapper fishing over the weekend.  There have been a ton of Cero Mackerel in the chum slicks as of late too, so the reef should be on fire.  Live bait should be abundant on the deeper patches, as they have been pretty strong for the past couple months.  If you are looking for Pilchards, check out the shoreline as this wind would have pushed the bait in close.  The Pelicans and Yellowbeak terns will surely give them away so keep your eyes peeled for divebombing and swooping action along the beaches.  

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

Throughout the years I have spoke and wrote about changes.  As with everywhere you go there are some sorts of seasonal changes.  In parts its trees and their coloration in conjunction the temps vary greatly and some spots in our Great Country turn white for several months.  Here in South Florida we see different types of fish come and go.  Sometimes it sudden sometimes it is a little more gradual.  For instance some of the World Wide Sportsman Guides are perusing Tarpon in part of fishing excursions and are still coming up aces.  Some Permit are still not out of the question, Both of these quarry typically they would both be gone and off the hunt schedule but, this year every things transitional phase is seemingly slower.  This slower change makes for some very interesting decisions for captions and anglers alike.  Fishing in the shadow of the bridges is very good and the variety is rewarding as well, Grouper, Snapper, Jacks and Snook.  The Bay has a great number of Spanish Mackerel  that have migrated in and more and more will arrive over the next months, and right along with them beautiful big mangroves throughout the bay.  Some Pompano are making a showing as to not be left out.  Also in the moats and other selective spots Sheep head and Black Drum are making an honorable mention.  Right alongside the Snook, in fact the only fish that are the week link right now are trout & redfish.  Even they are found by somebody every day just not in any great numbers.  And after seeing an eleven pound Bonefish the other day hearing more reports of plenty encounters.  Captain Chris Barron catching thirty-six Snook around town, and my last four fishing days fishing between the cape and bridges here at home and catching twenty seven species and having plenty of variety to take to the Islamorada Fish Company Where we had Pompano, Snapper, Grouper, Hogfish, Mackerel, and our platter garnished with Stone Crab and Lobster and was absolutely Fantastic!!  So in conclusion almost whatever you are choosing pursuant chances are it is out there waiting for you.  So come on down to World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and get hooked up with one of these crazy talented guides we have here at Bayside Marina 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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  This week has been pretty good with a decent bite of Dolphin offshore and some Tunas on the hump.  The best of the Dolphin was on weed and debris, with a handful of nicer tunas on the humps and around the deeper wrecks off the edge of the reef.  There were a few current edges that were producing as well with a few Sails mixed in.  We are really in need of a cool front to make its way down here, but we haven’t been lucky enough yet for that to happen.  Once we get one we should start seeing more fish push into our area.  There appears to be decent bunch of fish above us, but until this water cools off a bit, I think it will just be a pick.  The reef is producing plenty of Yellowtails, and Mangroves, and the wrecks have been good with Kings, Mutton’s and Groupers.  A few Wahoo were caught this week as well with the calmer winds, and the divers are already reporting them on the wrecks, so we are getting there, just a slow start.  Plenty of fish around to make for a great day of fishing, but winter time fishing for our area is not in full swing just yet.  We are starting to see more fish move into the patches anticipating the shrimp run, so everything is in line for winter except for the water temperatures.  We will just have to be patient, and it will all come together…it always does!  The Swordfish ledge this past week wasn’t nearly as productive as we had hoped coming off the moon.  I don’t know anyone who caught a keeper size fish, but there were only a few of us that were hooked up at all.  We did have a “big” bite that only lasted a short while before pulling the hook, and then we pulled another one off just below that boat that was estimated in the 20 pound range.  One other boat caught one about the same size and made the release, but there really wasn’t much to it.  The winds have kicked up again as the end of the week is here, but are forecast to come down to 10 to 15 knots over the weekend, so that will make things much nicer.  I would look for the same report for the weekend, as there isn’t much of a reason for it to change.  There is still plenty of bait around, and all the ingredients are there to make for some good fishing, so just enjoy this extended summer because I am sure it won’t be here for much longer!

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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  Things have started to heat up this week down here, and I don’t mean just the sun.  It is unseasonably hot for the middle of November, but the fish are still biting!  He weather this week has been incredible, and looks like it will stay nice until Saturday or Saturday night.  There is a chance for some rain this weekend, but the winds are forecast to pick up Saturday evening, and carry on into next week.  I can’t see far enough in the forecast when it will end, but hopefully it isn’t too bad for too long.  The bait this week has been excellent with plenty of Cigar Minnows, Ballyhoo, Pilchards, and even a few Sardines.  The fish have been happy this week, and there were even some Sailfish that stumbled their way into our area believe it or not!  Last November was excellent, and this November has been slow on the Sailfish scent, but great for Dolphin.  This just might be the longest Dolphin season in the history of the Florida Keys….no joke!  They are definitely starting to thin in numbers, but to be able to go out and catch plenty for a few dinners, in November, is pretty nice.  Having said that, there are a few Tunas around on the humps, but the majority of them it appears have moved in on the deep reef, so I would have to say the offshore bite is within a few weeks of being over, at best.  The Sword Ledge produced nicely this week with a few boats catching 3-6 fish per day, but haven’t heard of much over 80 pounds or so.   A lot of little guys out there that are being released healthy, so I am never upset when I see the little ones because you gotta have kindergartener’s in order to have some college graduates if you know what I mean.  

 

The reef and wrecks remain consistent, and the Yellowtail bite is as good as it gets since the Commercial Yellowtail closure.  We are allowed to fish for them on charters and recreationally, using the recreational limits, and the fish have been incredibly hungry.  The sharks are back in pretty good numbers too, so I suppose we can contribute this to the water temperature as it is nearly 82 degrees still.  The wrecks and deeper live bottom are still producing nice Muttons and Groupers, as well as some really nice King Mackerel, Amberjacks, Bonita, and even a few African Pompano.  A few Wahoo were caught this week with the calmer weather, and this fishery is just beginning and will get much better in the next month or two.  

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

We get caught up in our daily lives, and the daily lives become weeks, months, years.  Then the next thing you know a decade and all along the way we create memories.  My boys have long since been my boys, now we are looking back at pictures the reflection of those memories of the times of smiles and creations of those very smiles.  So during a trip with some young guns from Germany a few days back I thought about this.  Sharing some photos from some trips in the last couple of years I picked the pictures based on a memory, how they fought the fish, how it made me feel seeing them do battle or seeing just how thrilled they were at their accomplishment.  I know that each time I lower my boat in the water here at World Wide and as I prep it in front of the Bayside Marina I know that a Memory is going to be created for somebody.  So when I see kids I will reflect on my childhood and how excited I used to get to have another opportunity to fish with my Dad, my Brother, my Friends and Family, and I know their wonderment and curiosity and often how much bigger things seem to be.  So I guess in a natural way having kiddos on my boat is sort of Special, so folks if you get the chance bring the kids to Islamorada and swing by World Wide and watch the faces when they see all the Giant Tarpon at their feet as they swim over the stingrays and nurse sharks, listen to their voices gain decibels seeing all this for the first time then get them on a boat and whether you take a charter boat offshore and they see the reef and blue water or take a guide boat and see seemingly endless islands or the bottom of the bridges they just went over.  It all is memories.  One of the photos I am including is my Dad and myself, I will let you guess which one it is.  Catchem up!!

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

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  What a week we have had with the wind blowing, as it was feeling like it was never going to stop.  We have fished every day since last Thursday, and it has been a beating at best.  Thankfully, the winds are coming down and it looks like the weekend is going to shape up nicely!  The fishing this past week has been good, with some Sails, Groupers, Mutton Snappers, Yellowtail Snappers, African Pompano, Amberjacks, Bonita, Sharks, and several other species coming over the rail.  The offshore bite has been slow for the few who have ventured out as there isn’t much weed to hold the Dolphin, and the Blackfin Tunas are starting to move around off of the humps.  No one has made it out to the Swordfish ledge this past week as this should have been some of the best Swordfishing we would have seen all year.  The weather made for unsafe conditions, so it was a definite “no go” on the Sword ledge.  We are heading out there tomorrow barring the weather holds up, so I will report next week on how this turns out, or check out my “Catchalottafish Charters” Facebook page for updates on this trip.  We have been mostly Sailfishing this past week as well as Wreck fishing, and it has been pretty good all around.  The Groupers and Mutton Snapper fishing has been good, and we have managed to catch some Sails as well as Kings and other species so the fishing at least has been fun despite the winds.  The reef bite this week was pretty good for the guys who moved around and found the right current conditions.  It appeared that the North side of Islamorada had current going up the road, while to the South it was going West.  We didn’t participate in anchoring down, but the majority of my reports were decent.  Look for the weekend to be a completely different with the winds subsiding and the ocean really coming alive.  I think the fish are going to go nuts with things calming down and this huge moon subsiding.  Should be a great weekend all around!    There has been tons of bait everywhere with plenty of Ballyhoo, Cigar Minnows, Sardines, and Blue Runners on the patches, as well as Pilchards on the beach.  There is no excuse for not catching bait, as it is everywhere!  

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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  This one is going to be short and sweet as the weather this week has been horrible.  The wind has blown all week and are forecast to blow 15-20 into the weekend.  We are booked every day, and have managed to re-book 3 out of 4 trips since the wind started, and are going to try and make it out tomorrow.  We will have to see what the wind is doing in the morning to be certain, but hopefully we will make it out.  I don’t know any boats that have been out this week, other than a few catching nurse sharks in the channel’s from other marinas.  Therefore, I really don’t have much of a report.  You can count on some Sailfish being out there, and probably some Mahi lurking on the edge terrorizing the Ballyhoo swimming on the reef.  If you could manage to get on the anchor, I have no doubt that the Yellowtail Snappers will bite, as no one has fed them since Sunday as far as I know.  It has been a tough week for the entire fleet with the weather conditions, but things are looking up for the middle of next week as the winds are forecast to finally start coming down.  We had gust here this week over 35 mph, so that creates an unsafe situation for us to take out our charters.  Most people aren’t used to being in 8-10 foot seas, with some bigger rollers I am sure, and it isn’t worth anyone getting hurt.  Never mind the fact this we do this for FUN!  We will just have to see what the next several days bring, and hope that we end up on the lower side of the forecast.  We can fish in 20 mph winds, but you still have to have the right customers to ensure their safety and comfort.  Sorry for the report, or lack there of, but I can’t help the weather.

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

Alas a reprieve from the excessive Heat combined with North West breezes and Gigantic Tides and Florida Bays health does a 180 degrees and starts looking less anemic.  It is surprising just how fast things change, from dirty smelly weed filled 90 degrees plus temps to mid 80’s and less.  Bringing a breath of fresh water for the Denison’s we pursue.  Trout are showing up on the western edge of the Everglades National Park and some are just gorgeous big fat girls up to 22-23 inches.  They and the lady fish are following big schools of mullet as they trek around Florida tip on their annual run.  Mackerel are showing up to and hopefully it, will be a good year on them their great fun to catch.  The Redfish are making a star showing as well, many of the folks chasing them are producing stellar catches.  The Snook bite is somewhat taking a back stage performance to the Reds and others but they are still there and still willing to thrill.  If your want to experience all of the above, and more slide down here to World Wide Sportsman, and get hooked up with tourney tested Captains that call World Wide Home.  We will lead you to some of the best catches you are going to find.  We are here all year and so are the pursuants we make our living at.  Thanks Again 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, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  This week had started off to a little slower start than we like, but it is shaping up pretty well as we come off the middle of the week.  The conditions are starting to really come together, as the water is getting blue, and the current is smoking up the road.  Bait is everywhere as the seas have slicked off nicely, and it is really shaping up to be a great weekend!  The weather is forecast to be between 5 to 10 knots for Saturday, and come all the way back around for Sunday out of the Northwest to North the same velocity….wait…what?  Did I say North?  Oh, I did and the temperature lows are in the low 70’s!  HOORAY!!!!!!!  It is about time, let the Kite Fishing begin (with just a hair more wind please)! 

 

The deep offshore report from the Swordfish ledge has been a little quiet so far this week, although I did hear of one caught today.  Today was the first day it has been calm, so I am sure after the weekend we will hear a little more from these guys.  The Dolphin report has been slow since the weather has been so crappy, and the West wind had really put a damper on things as the hurricane moved over the Bahamas.  Although, today there were some fish caught shallow as we caught some on the edge of the reef showering Ballyhoo, and a few other Captains found some on debris in 300 to 500 feet of water with some fish on it.  The Tunas are still on all the humps too, but they are definitely getting smarter…at least the larger fish.  The sharks remain a force to be reckoned with, so you better be on your “A” game if you are going to get a 20 plus pound Tuna in the boat.  The feathers and flutter jigs are working nicely still, but the live bait has been the ticket for the larger ones….at least to get the bite.

 

The wrecks and reef are coming together nicely as this seasonal transition is taking place.  The amount of bait that is on or around the reef is nothing short of incredible, and is the secret sauce to a productive winter fishery.  The wrecks are holding some King Mackerel along with all the normal bottom critters, and the reef is teeming with Yellowtails, Mangroves, and a few Groupers too.  The Cero Mackerel have been nice size in the chum slicks, and have been happy to make your drag scream.  These guys are great table fare, so don’t discount them for a poor tasting fish.  They are excellent for sure, and make pretty darn good sashimi.  NOW FOR THE GRAND FINALE……THE SAILFISH ARE SHOWING UP!  Woohoo, it is that time of year again, and it appears that we are going to get an early push from these guys as there have already been a dozen caught here in Islamorada the past few days.  It appears that the bite in West Palm Beach through to Ft. Lauderdale is starting to heat up so it shouldn’t be too long before these guys start moving in here in decent numbers!  All in all, things are really starting to come together, and I can’t even express how happy I am about the way it’s going down!

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

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Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

As the Harley Davidson’s Fly down US1 through Islamorada, and swimmers trek out to Alligator Light House and back, a group of forty five boats set themselves for two incredible days of fishing in the Mako Funaments, Presented by Bass Pro, and a host of other sponsors, Offshore Angler, Simrad, Papa’s PILAR, RCI Group, Coca-Cola, StarBrite, Penn, CCA Florida, Tacklewebs, NU-ICE, Columbia, Maui Jims, Mercury, and Rapala.  They went to sea both Backcountry and Offshore and did battle with a Myriad of Denison’s of the deep.  It was all smiles on everybody’s face as each day they returned to World Wide Sportsman for the fest ivies delicious food and great comradery.  It was a total good time for all the attendees’ lots smiles on lotsa faces.  The winners were showered with beautiful artwork as well as countless other gifts for their accomplishments during the two days of fishing and the raffle afterwards was just over the top everybody was a winner!  And in another venue several of World Wide Guides fished in the Herman Lucerne Tournament well, they all did well, but our very own Captain Larry Sydnor taking First Place with Captain Tony Horsley hot on his heels.  I keep telling everybody that I am docked here at world Wide with a group of titans in the industry what a great compilation of fishing guides.  I want to add a persona note:  My hat is totally off to the organizers of the Mako Funaments.  Their tireless efforts made a large group of people Very Very Happy.  Islamorada Fish Company’s Management and Staff put on three days of wicked good grub thirst quenching libations all with smiles on their faces and did not miss a beat even though during the tournament banquet there was a wedding and two full bars and a dining room full of patrons.  Way To Go!!  World Wide with three Hundred plus people in the Tournament, the Wedding, Marina Full, Restaurant full, parking lot full, giant tent in yard, Mako boats parked everywhere and a store full of patrons and they never missed a beat.  Kudos to every one of you, and lastly, Thank you Mako Boats your Staff, your Boats, these Tournaments and everything you do with and for your owners and the public a Great Job Well Done! From the Bottom of my Heart, Thank you Very Much!

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

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The weather this week so far hasn’t been too desirable, as the thunderstorms have been relentless.  Only a few boats have braved the elements, making it very difficult to figure out what is going on.  The “Catchalottafish” is out of the water for the week for our yearly maintenance, so I am relying on the fleet to help with this one, but due to the weather there hasn’t been much to gather.  On a good note, the weather for the weekend is looking pretty nice with variable winds at 5 to 10 knots. 

 

Not sure how churned up the water is going to be after all this wind with the tides the way they are, but I am going to say that the Pilchards should move back in off the reef once the wind calms down and things should get back to normal.  The bait patches should also be holding Cigar Minnows, Blue Runners, and Ballyhoo so there will hopefully be some bait around.  Offshore there will hopefully be some weed lined up since the wind is supposed to start coming down on Friday, and if you can find the weed you will surely find some Dolphin.  The humps are loaded with Tunas right now, so this should be a no brainer on the feathers or live bait.  The Swordfishing offshore should be starting to peak with the Super moon coming at the end of this month.  I would say that the next 30 days should be the best we have seen all year. 

 

The reef is still going strong, and as of my last report, the sharks have started to let off a bit.  I am not sure if it is from the commercial shark fisherman, or if they are beginning to move toward the back, but my guess is my first suggestion.  Whatever it is has definitely made it more enjoyable while fishing for the Snappers, and not having to donate so many to the tax man.  The wrecks are starting to pick up as well, and I expect that the bottom fishing is going to get hot as this moon approaches as well.  There have been some decent numbers of King Mackerel starting to move in to our area too, so things are starting to shape up.  Won’t be long before we start seeing a few Sailfish I am sure, but we still got a little time I suppose. 

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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