Fishing Reports

Islamorada Fishing is world class. There are not many spots on this planet that can offer the diverse fishing available in Islamorada. Offshore, Patch Reef, Gulf and Bay, Back County, Everglades, the Flamingo, and Bridges are all active destinations for the largest fishing fleet in the world. The species are endless. Some favorites include tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish, snook, shark, sailfish, mahi, wahoo, backfin tuna, hogfish and many species of snapper. Epic does not even do justice to describing the fishing in Islamorada. Islamorada Times provides the most current and accurate fishing reports in all the Florida Keys.

Fishing Report 12/18/2018 


One report from the Bluewater that was not a Tuna report came from Captain Brian on his Contagious out of Robbie’s Marina on Lower Matecumbe Key.  Captain Brian put ten Dolphin in the fish box with one Mahi weighing in at twenty pounds.  Otherwise, the offshore report consists mostly of good catches of nice size Backfin Tuna.  Captains are trolling lures and using natural baits both live and fresh dead to entice the Tuna on the Islamorada Hump.


Captain Don on his Kay K IV fished the reef and had a nice mixed bag, including Dolphin, Tuna, Bonito, Kingfish and Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper.  Captain Reichert on his 27 foot “Fishin’ Mission” had been Yellowtailing a few trips and doing fine with plenty of the tasty Snapper at days end.  There have been plenty of Sailfish caught and released this past week all along the reef.  As a bonus, there have been several Wahoo reported caught from the reef depth out to three hundred feet of water.

Gulf and Bay:

It may get repetitious hearing this, but the Spanish Mackerel are on fire in the Gulf and will continue to please light tackle anglers for many weeks to come.  While on the anchor and chumming plenty of other species of fish will come to play.  Look for a variety of Snapper, Jacks, Ladyfish, Sharks, Seatrout and Cobia to respond to your chum slick.  Also, run along the trap lines and find Tripletail hovering on the down current side of the buoys.  Cast a Shrimp to the fish and watch him slide over and inhale the offering.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

The backcountry and Flamingo Area have been very consistent with Snook and Redfish action.  Captain Freddie out of Smugglers Cove Marina has been getting into Snook, Drum, Redfish and Snapper in the Park area.  The longer run to the cape sable area will also provide solitude and great action along the beaches and in the canals and drains.  Live shrimp, Pilchards and Pinfish are the hot baits.  Captain Tim Klein fished the Cape Sable area and got into Snook and Redfish.

Around the Bridges:

The Snapper bite has been good, perhaps due to the Shrimp running through the channels.  Otherwise there have been lots of Jack Crevalle, Blue Runner and Spanish and Cero Mackerel frequenting the channels at the bridges.  Some bridge anglers will take a break from the usual drifting shrimp method and switch to casting a jig using an erratic retrieve to get the mackerel take.

Fishing Report provided by Captain Russ Pellow 305-393-0013

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