Islamorada Offshore Fishing Report

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Offshore Fishing Report:  More schoolie-sized mahi than previous months.  Most charter boats have had great success in catching their limit of mahi lately.  It hasn’t mattered if they used cut bait or live bait; if they trolled or used lures; there has been plenty of mahi for everyone.  Some bigger fish have been caught here and there around floating debris and under frigate birds. The reef fishing has been very good for yellowtail snapper.  Outstanding catches daily on the edge of the reef in 60 to 90 feet of water. Shrimp, ballyhoo pieces, silverside minnows, and small pieces of bonita have been local favorite baits.  Deep drop fishing and swordfish action has improved dramatically.  Deep drop bottom fish and swordfish catches have been very productive.  Overall fishing in Islamorada has been wonderful and getting better by the day. Offshore Forecast:  Look for more mahi action offshore in deeper water.  A popular area to catch big mahi is in and around the rips, also known as uneven bottom.  These bigger fish commonly stage in the rips feeding on flying fish that become disoriented in the wave action.  Beyond the rips there are deeper water areas where anglers can often encounter weed lines, current edges, floating debris and frigate birds feeding on flying fish the mahi kick up. Fishing Tip:  Sometimes when anglers go fishing for mahi they encounter large schools of fish, catching them one after another.  During the pandemonium, some of the bigger fish often get away.  Most of the time these fish are lost due to frayed leaders that break under stress.  After catching a few schoolies, the leader material will often appear to look white near the hook from abrasions.  Trimming the leaders back will help your chances of landing the bigger fish when you hook them up. Back Country Report:  Captain Jeremy Paffendorf has been doing a great job catching fish for his clients. Tarpon fishing has been unbelievable throughout the Florida Bay area.  Most of the bridges have been loaded all the way to Key West, with so many fish it’s incredible. Along with the tarpon, snook, mangrove snapper and redfish have been caught with great consistency.    

Whale Harbor’s Mate of the Month:  

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Honors go to the Rowdy One’s first mate Tony Khuen.  Tony is the fun loving, loyal, fish catching work horse of the charter boat Rowdy One.  His performance exemplifies what a mate should do on a daily basis.  He is passionate about helping people catch lots of fish offshore and on the reef.  He shares the same enthusiasm as his Captain Bud Randle for the art of sportfishing in Islamorada. Together they bring value to their clients, Whale Harbor, and the local economy.   Nice Job Tony!


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