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Last Updated: 01/09/2019

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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The offshore scene has been very slow the past week as there have been few boats running to fish the Islamorada Hump. Suffice it to say for you Bluewater aficionado’s the Blackfin Tuna should be feeding on the offshore seamounts as long as there is current running. And, the odds of catching a Dolphin or two near the reef are good.
The reef is the place to be this time of year. The short boat ride is nice too. On the K Kay IV they got into Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper and King and Cero Mackerel. The party on the Dee Cee out of Post card Inn released two Sailfish and caught a Black Grouper. Reminder, Grouper season is closed January through April. Captain’s Ed Yanetti and Jack Falcucci on the “Shake and Bait” fished a group including Channing Crowder of the Miami Dolphins. They got into Snapper, Kingfish and Bonito. On the Indigenous out of Bud and Mary’s Marina found a great bite of King Mackerel and they were big ranging from 18 to 30 pounds. On the Costa Morada out of Whale Harbor Marina they released three Sailfish one trip.
Gulf and Bay:
The Gulf fishing had been very good as of late. The water did get a little smoky after a frontal boundary blew through, but all returned to good soon. Captain Juan Garcia put his clients on Cobia. Captain Freddie out of Smugglers Cove Marina got into the Spanish Mackerel and Mangrove Snapper in the Gulf. Captain Skip Nielson found a great variety including Mangrove Snapper, Goliath Grouper, Black Grouper and one Tarpon in the bay. Captain Lou Brubaker fished Vince a taxidermist from Pennsylvania and Lori in the Gulf and they had a ball catching Spanish Mackerel, Big Lane Snapper, Seatrout and more on a six hour trip.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Guides have been fishing Flamingo and the Cape Sable area and reports tell us the Snook and Redfish action is great. Captain Dave Borras out of the Lor e Lei bayside Islamorada put his client on many, many Redfish. Captain Dave said the Reds were on the small side, but willing and lots of fun. Some gui9des are fishing the mainland shoreline east of Maderia Bay and casting to Snook under several different situations.


Last Updated: 01/09/2019

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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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!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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