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    Islamorada, FL
  1. Well had the day off and my mom was nice enough to stay over and watch little guy today so I could take my wife Elizabeth fishing! Absolutely glass calm all day and overcast so the temperature was cool but not too cold. Water temps were still down around low 60s. We headed into the backcountry and tried some different stuff from my regular routine as of late. Was also worried about the bugs with as calm as it was, they were definitely around. It was a little slow to start, we found 1 nice black drum and a trout at the first stop. Then nothing in the next couple stops though tons of bait around
  2. Well a few days ago we got hit hard by a good cold front and the temperatures plummeted down into the 50s here in Islamorada, FL. We also had another reinforcing front back that one up, so things stayed chilly. The water in the backcountry bays dropped into the high 50s as well in some portions. Though a day after each front passed the winds laid down and gave way to some epic fishing. Today I had Pam and Lars down from Arkansas and we fished deep in the everglades. We got out early and were loaded up with some nice lively shrimp. When the water temps drop this far, usually everything i
  3. October is nearing it's end here and we've already had our first legit cold front of the winter! It's very early for it to be getting as cold as it did, but the weather has been crazy the last few years thats for sure. It dipped down into the mid 60s here, and looks like Sunday night it will be doing so again! We actually even have a tropical depression that is suppose to be making its way here during the day too and it's kind of made our weekend a wash. Luckily though it will just be a good bit of rain and heavier than normal winds. Fishing has been decent I myself have been doing the ev
  4. Winter time is still upon us in the Keys and fishing has been decent. Lately it's been a mixed bag on all of our winter time actvities as far as fishing goes. Shrimp is the bait of choice with water temperatures below 70 degrees and that means you don't have to waste time looking for bait which is always a plus. The everglades has been a good mix of red and black drum with some snook mixed in. The occasional sheepshead or trout also are making their precencse known. In the gulf the spanish mackerel bite has been on fire and that is a very consistent thing. Today we had to work at it but
  5. We've been having a bit more cool weather in the later winter here in Islamorada, after a warmspell for several weeks around christmas and early january. This has led to much more of the traditional winter time fishing in our area. We've been having great success in the gulf and bays with spanish mackerel. This has been hot action most days, and even the slow days are still yielding a decent amount of fish. Mixed in are snapper, ladyfish, bluefish, and the occasional pompano. Big blacktip sharks are readily found too, fishing some of that fresh mackerel on the bottom with a big rod! Out
  6. We've had an unusual warm streak from a little before christmas to just last night actually. With the previous 80 degree weather a lot of our early usual 'spring time' fishing targets showed up quite early. We had quite a few days with great tarpon fishing around the Islamorada area as well as back in the everglades national park. Most fish we landed were in the 80 to 150 lb range, the big winter time spawners that often show up under such conditions. We could spot them 'free jumping' off some of the banks, channels, and beaches. Huge black mullet were all over the place, taking the place
  7. It's getting near Christmas and business is picking up here for fishing guides in Islamorada, Florida. I've been getting out a few days a week the first part of December though from a little before christmas to before new years my bookings are solid - a good sign for the 2015 season! Fishing was stellar the last couple days we fished as we had another good cold front chill things down this whole past week in Islamorada. Only one day did it blow hard and we did not fish that day, though the last couple days it's been fairly slick calm only a light breeze out of the north at 5 mph. The water
  8. We are nearing the end of October and it is starting to feel a little bit like Fall here in the Florida Keys. Last weekend we finally had a minor cold front roll through dropping the temperatures to the low 70s at night and mid 80s during the day. We expect more of this through the next couple months as the temperatures cool and this should really help our backcountry fishing. Earlier this month fishing had been tough for a couple weeks with summer dragging on with the heat as well as a big moon. This weekend however we finally saw some nice redfish push into the deeper moats on low tide a
  9. It's almost April and big tarpon are starting to show up now in Islamorada and throughout the Florida Keys. I've been fishing tarpon since the first week of February and we've had pretty good early season fishing but now the real big schools are showing up. Just a few days ago we had a 5 fish day with most fish in the 60-100 lb range. In February we had a 6 fish day with fish in the same size range. We've had a handful of 3 and 4 fish days, several 2 fish days, and a lot of 1 fish days - with other shots of course but tarpon are just tough fish to keep on the line some times! That's prett
  10. Summer time is officially here in the Florida Keys. Summer time tarpon are here too. Those are more of the resident fish that can be found in the backcountry and around Islamorada that are often smaller in size but just as fun to catch. We've been finding lots of mullet in the backcountry and getting those early in the morning then fishing the channels and bays. We went 8 for 14 the last two days, most fish are in the 30 to 60 lb range though we did finish the day today with a 100 lber locally around Islamorada. In the backcountry they've been biting on the in and out tides, morning or af
  11. April and May have been phenomenal months for tarpon fishing in Islamorada. April 2013 was one of the best months for tarpon in a long time. We caught fish almost every trip with exception of only a couple - and had shots at fish on every trip. Most trips we landed 2 or more fish. Our best day we boated 11 tarpon - fantastic! All fishing on fresh mullet, live and dead. The mullet are starting to thin out now as we get more into summer time and crabs will become a preferred bait. The tarpon fishing is still peaking through June, and the summer time can be very good too just not as consis
  12. Had Sue Cocking down from the Miami Herald today on 1/4/13 for a little fishing story for the outdoors section of the Herald. There was a last minute cancellation to her original plans and we set something up the day before. We decided to go for a backcountry islamorada fishing trip and to showcase a variety of fish, as that is one of the special things about fishing in the florida keys. We started out near flamingo, fishing some high-water spots near some mangroves for redfish. We caught about a half dozen or so, as well as a few black drum and sheepshead. We later moved to some deeper m
  13. The last few days of November we had here look to be fairly windy, so I was glad to get out and enjoy some fun fishing for myself on 11/28/12. We hit a couple gulf spots early in the day on the last of the falling tide. Caught a cobia and nice redfish both on pinfish on different spots, hit a few more though no other luck. When the tide started coming in we ran back to cape sable and looked in one of the creeks back there. Had a slow pick of redfish, catching between 15 and 20, plus plenty of jacks, ladyfish, and a few trout and snapper. The fish are not quite loaded up in the deeper cree
  14. We've had a lot of wind the last couple days and it's expected to continue through the weekend from 10/12/12. Yesterday it was a hard northwest wind of 20 mph and we made our way back to islamorada backcountry fishing cape sable hoping the northerlyeasterly wind would hold there and keep the waters semi-clean. Unfortunately it swung around from the northwest which it has a way of doing back there this time of year october fishing in the florida keys, and the water in the gulf was a mess plus big swells making the ride a little bouncy but nothing my seacraft couldn't handle. Luckily the wate
  15. Backcountry fishing islamorada september has been good as of late. We've had a fair amount of rain mixed in with some wind which has kept a lot of the bay cooled down which helps the fishing this time of year. There's been a good mix of trout, snapper, ladyfish, and jacks on the edge of the gulf of mexico. Great option for getting some dinner fish and having good rod bending action. Redfish fishing has been productive on the higher water hitting the shorelines and islands. If your flats fishing islamorada this is a good option as there are plenty of these fish around. Today we worked muc
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