Islamorada Offshore Fishing Report
Sailfish, kingfish, mahi, blackfin tuna and snappers have been caught with regularity lately. Slow trolling with live ballyhoo and cigar minnows on and around the edge of the reef from 50 to 200 feet of water has been the most productive. Depth of water and exact locations change from day to day with the migration of fish. The fish are on the move seeking forage that has normally been around areas where currents converge near the reef. Reading the water for tell tale signs of life has been a crucial skill for locating fish to catch. Sometime we have had to travel some distance to find the correct conditions where the fish are. We preach to fish where the fish are. Going to the same spot every time you fish will not consistently produce a great catch. Chumming with live pilchards has been working well. We have been raising many sailfish daily around certain spots with this method. Excited fish often bite well.
Offshore Forecast for Islamorada:
The near future looks promising if you are in pursuit of sailfish. The on-time arrival of our favorite fish to catch during the winter months has us all excited. Since we have been catching them regularly throughout the day for a couple of weeks now, we can’t help but think positive. Looks like its going to be a great sailfish season this year. Additionally there is an abundance of ballyhoo, cigar minnows and sardines that have been pushed down here with each approaching cold front. All of these baitfish tend to keep the sailfish in the area.
Capt. John Gargan of a Couple of Bucks Charters has been catching redfish, snook, sea trout and mangrove snapper in and around the Florida Bay area. With the recent temperature changes, fishing has improved dramatically through the later part of the day.
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