Islamorada Offshore Fishing Report

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Slow current near the edge of the reef and offshore for miles has made fishing a challenge this spring. wc-NEW3photoDeep drop fishing has been wonderful and is an easy way to catch fish in deep waters that up until now have been difficult to fish. However deep drop fishing is not always what our anglers want, so we have been forced to go the distance to find mahi. Sometimes we go more than thirty miles to find the Gulf Stream current and the bigger mahi.  It’s a long boat ride but is worth the effort. The Gulf Stream current is constantly changing and fish are migrating through our area at different depths every day. There are rarely days when fish are found in the same areas.  The key to finding mahi has always been to cover a lot of water and look for things that mahi commonly swim around.  Look for current edges, birds working over schools, floating debris and weed lines. Offshore Forecast:   Fishing offshore from Islamorada will probably continue to challenge the best of anglers.  Continued use of different fishing tactics throughout the day will more than likely be the norm.  Switching between trolling for mahi, deep drop fishing and reef fishing during the course of the day will be any anglers best bet for putting a nice catch together.  Because this is Islamorada, fishing miracles happen daily.  There will be great fishing trips and rumors of great catches.  The trick is to go fishing and have fun anyway, catch all you can with your friends and family. wc-NEW2photoFishing Tip:   It is not uncommon for anglers to discover a box of rusted fishing hooks in their tackle station. Avoiding this problem is as easy as not grabbing a hook with fingers wet with saltwater.  The tip is to simply, stop doing that! Back Country Report: Captain Gargan of Couple of Bucks Charters in Whale Harbor Marina has been catching a variety of fish from day to day.  He has been catching tarpon depending on conditions around the bridges and passes in Florida Bay. In Everglades National Park he has been catching sea trout, mangrove snapper, redfish and snook.  Captain John has been using a variety of baits like shrimp, pinfish and Gulps.


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