Here is the article which appeared in the December issue of Field and Stream featuring senior editor Mike Toth celebrating his 50th birthday in Islamorada, fishing out of Bud N' Mary's. His goal was to catch 50 species of fish (which he did, actually 51!). He fished with Captain Jim Willcox backcountry, and the Catch 22 offshore. Check it out! NOTE: You may need to zoom in more to read it, check the zoom setting (you should see 100% usually in the bottom right corner of your browser, on internet explorer, try 200%)
Florida Keys Fishing Reports
Islamorada Fishing Reports have been including lots of action as of late, with a big variety of fishes. Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is slowing down as it cools off and we get into 'winter mode' here in the Keys! Florida keys fishing trips into the backcountry flats areas have been producing a mixed bag of fish, and when cold many of these fish are showing up in the deeper channel run-offs, island moats, and creeks. Redfish and snook are still in the shallows when it's warm, but the winter holes are getting more productive. Snook on the shorelines and beaches have been a good bet especially with live bait such as finger mullet or pilchards, and shrimp works especially well after a good cold front. Black drum and sheepshead are in the mix now too. Good news for the florida keys fishing report! The patch reef fishing has been very good, with plenty of action and good eats with hogfish, snapper, porgy, grouper, and cero mackerel. Trout, ladyfish, jacks, and the occasional pompano school can be found in the channel run-offs, and when warm in the open bays too. Spanish mackerel fishing in the gulf bays is getting better though and should be a good option throughout the winter into next year. On the offshore islamorada fishing charters sailfish fishing is heating up and the dolphin (mahi mahi) are slowing down. Tunas can be found offshore on the humps still throughout the winter. Wahoo are sometimes found closer inshore on the edge fo the reef, and of course king mackerel fishing is usually good when it cools off in winter. Also don't forget about the big schools of cobia throughout the winter we find in the shallower water offshore. Swordfish fishing is possible through the winter though can be a tougher time to fish, especially when it is rough, but don't hesitate to call and ask about it! They are a blast when fishing in the Florida Keys! 305-664-2461 or 1-800-742-7945 or Islamorada Fishing Charters!
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