Hello everyone, and welcome
back to this week’s report! What a week we have had here in
Islamorada with the fishing and weather! Some great weather most of
the week, but the front has destroyed us for the end of the week.
The good news is that it looks like it is going to be a beautiful
weekend, as the winds are forecast to come down first thing Saturday
morning, just in time! This week has been a solid week all around!
The sailfishing has been great, lots of big blackfin tunas, and
still a few Mahi lurking around offshore. There has even been a
decent bite of Wahoo, although the best of it has been from Molasses
to Carysfort reef in the upper keys where the water and current has
been much better. Lots of kings around too on the wrecks and reef’s
edge, so plenty to do on the offshore side of things! The wrecks are
picking up with the mutton snapper bite, as well as the grouper bite
has been picking up as the fronts come through and the water
temperatures have cooled. The reefs edge has been pretty decent with
the Yellowtails as long as you can find the current moving in the
right direction, but the big new for reef fishing is on the patches!
The patch reef fishing in depths from 15’ to 45’ have been really
good, with the nicer bottom fish moving in from the deep to forage
on the shrimp that have been moving out of the bay. The water has
been a little off color, or green, where the visibility is low and
the fish have been happy. Some great fishing for yellowtails,
mangroves, cero mackerel, muttons, and groupers this week in the
shallows for sure! Not much on the cobia front just yet, but
hopefully the rays will start showing up and we will get the weather
we need to sight fish these guys. It usually starts by now, but it
has been pretty much non-existent to this point. Although, there
have been a few nice fish caught off the bottom rods and around the
wrecks, so maybe after this front things will start to pick up. To
circle back to the “way” offshore bite, the sword ledge has been
producing some fish, but it has been spotty this week. A few boats
that have gone have done pretty good, but the masses have just been
picking at them. The humps have been holding some decent tunas, and
the deep dropping on this moon has been good for the queen snappers.
Fishing has been really good all around this past week, and
hopefully this front will keep things lit up as we get back to work
on Saturday and start off the Christmas blitz! It is going to be a
busy next couple weeks, so check back next week and we will see how
it all went down. Merry Christmas everyone from my family to yours!
Capt. James Chappell