ISLAMORADA FISHING REPORT
BY: Captain Todd Monson
Out of the Blue Charters
As this month comes to an end wanted to say that the fishing has been outstanding in the Islamorada area. With all this unexpected wind this month there has been a abundance of Sailfish being caught up an down the reef, Kingfish bite has been great with some nice Cobia and Mahi’s mixed in. With grouper season CLOSED, Snapper bite on the reef has been very good lots of nice Yellowtail’s and big Mutton Snappers and even a few nice Hog fish thrown in which is a nice treat.
Here in Islamorada the inshore fishing has been amazing. The gator trout bite was on fire this past month which is unheard of in our area.
Redfish has been consistent with most fish being in the upper slot size and over but i’ll tell you it’s nice to see all more and more big healthy Snook making a strong return to the backcountry after the freeze we experienced a few years ago.
We did a Peacock Bass trip with clients in Homestead, Florida during a cold windy day as an alternative to fishing out back. Clients were fly anglers and caught over 40 fish each by the end of the day.
Tarpon season is upon us as there have been sightings of large schools of traveling fish. Tarpon can be targeted all through the year here in Islamorada but our peak season is during the months of April through June. So seeing these numbers of big schools is a sure sign of a good start to Tarpon season. We have been starting our night charters already and have been keeping our clients busy with 80-100+lb fish. Bait of choice are crabs, pilchards and mullet.
We are currently going through a cold front which does slow down the tarpon bite but look forward to warming weather by the weekend here in the Florida Keys.
Check out the photos from our latest trips here: http://www.outofthebluecharters.com/