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.

Fishing Report 10/15/2018 


Dolphin catches just keep on coming. The Fearless out of Bud and Mary’s marina fished offshore and caught 9 Dolphin and 6 Blackfin Tuna.   There were not many charters out due to the weather provided by Hurricane Michael.  Here in the Keys we did not get much at all other than a little rain and a stiff breeze for a couple of days.  The Tuna bite is very good on the Islamorada Hump and even closer in towards the reef.


Captain Paul on the Reef Runner fished the reef on a half day on the first nice calm day after Michael.  Captain Paul boated four King Mackerel, one Mutton and one Blackfin Tuna.  The Yellowtail Snapper bit for a couple of boats in the 70 foot depths.  There are a few Cero Mackerel in that same depth.  Captain Don on the Kay K IV fished a little beyond the reef depths and got into some nice fat Vermillion Snapper.

Gulf and Bay:

As it is mid October and we are thinking about the Spanish Mackerel making their way to our Gulf waters, we have a report from a couple of guides that there is a bite of mackerel in the Gulf.  That fishery usually begins in November, but perhaps the mackerel have started their migration a little early this season. More to come as soon as there is more to report on the Spanish invasion.  Tripletail are on the trap buoys in the gulf and Mangrove Snapper are still providing good action in the 6 to 10 foot depths in the Gulf.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

We all felt a definite cool down last week as daytime temperatures were noticeably more comfortable.  In the backcountry and Flamingo area, the Snook and Redfish action is good.  The bait shop shrimp are larger, and both of the aforementioned species will inhale live Shrimp eagerly.  There are some Trout being caught and they are rubbing shoulders with Mangrove Snapper in the backcountry.  There are still good supplies of willing Tarpon in all of the shallow waters in Florida bay and in the channels in the Islamorada area.  Captain Tim Klein caught a couple of Tarpon on live bait last week.

Around the Bridges:

There is a great variety of fish species available in the channels in the Islamorada area and at the bridges. There are still plenty of Tarpon and Permit feeding in the tide.  The mainstay of bridge fishermen is the Snapper.  Drifting a Shrimp or fresh chunk of Mullet or jack will induce a bite.   The variety includes Mackerel, Jacks, Snapper, Grouper, Sharks and more.

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

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