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 10/20/2021
It sure seems that the summer is never going to end, and we are just going to have all the fish here all the time from now on! Wouldn’t that be awesome! It sure feels that way right now, but I keep thinking that every week the mahi are going to move on, but they just keep on coming! It is a pretty incredible time of year no doubt, and you can just about catch anything right now. No complaining here! The weather this week has been decent, but a good amount of rain running around. Definitely manageable, but there have been a few dreary days this week. Things really started to brighten up toward the end of the week. Good thing the fish are biting, because it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun if there weren’t. The mahi offshore have been on fire! Good numbers and good size fish on average all week, and the tunas are still biting on the humps if that is your game. The pilchards have been solid to the west of Islamorada, so no excuses. There have been a few size large blackfin tuna occurrences on the deeper wrecks, so this is showing a few signs of movement, but offshore is still really good.
The wreck fishing has been pretty solid, but same as last week. A pretty good bite of King Mackerel and some bottom fish with lots of sharks. The Wahoo are finally starting to show up as several were caught this past week all up and down the road. Looking like this could be a great season to come for these guys. The sailfish bite is still showing signs of early promise, with most boats getting 2-3 shots per day that put in the work. There have been some fish showering as well, so things are shaping up well. The reef was pretty solid this week with some good yellowtail snapper fishing too! Plenty to catch and lots of good eats still coming over the rail all week. The weekend is looking nothing short of spectacular with light winds and sunshine, so I am sure the fishing will be on fire!
Gulf and Bay:
The bite out in Gulf waters is heating up, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Grouper, Sharks and many other catches were reported. Plenty of chum and live shrimp and Pilchards will get the Spanish Mackerel, Sharks and many other rod benders behind your boat making for great action. The bait is everywhere; look for the birds to be on them throughout the Oceanside coastline early in the morning.
Backcountry, Flats and Flamingo:
It’s been hot lately in the Islamorada backcountry and the recent cool down is very much welcome. The fishing this past week was nothing more than phenomenal all throughout the park and gulf waters. Snook, Redfish, Tarpon and mostly every species that resides in the park where caught by anglers targeting them. Tailing Redfish on the shallow flats, big Snook on the shorelines and runoffs plus a whole lot more made out for fantastic fishing.
Fishing the Snake bite area in Flamingo on the last of the outgoing and beginning of the rising tide casting live Shrimp or artificials in and around the edges of the many runoffs throughout the bite has been productive. Live baits such as Pinfish and Pilchards have been getting some great Snook and Redfish action fished close to the mangrove shorelines in the island moats. Trout, Snappers and many more can be found around the middle grounds.
Farther West towards the Cape the bite has been pretty consistent fishing live shrimp and pilchards around the shoreline in East Cape Canal and the surrounding mainland shorelines with a mix bag of Redfish, Snook, Trout and Blackdrum.
If bonefish is your target look for mudding fish around the deeper edges, of flats and banks both Oceanside and bayside while working the tides. Have a rod ready with a silver dollar size crab while working the deeper edge of the flat for a cruising Permit.
Around the Bridges:
Fishing the bridge channels with a 1/4oz jig and pilchard combo has been producing great Grouper, Jacks, Sharks, Snook, Tarpon and Snapper catches, a good option for a family outing.