August went by pretty quickly, and I can't believe we are already in September fishing in Islamorada. The wind picked up the last week here, and it had to eventually after the gorgeous summer we had. A few boats have been fishing offshore and on the reef the past week. Many of the half day charters have been catching bottom fishing on the reef and catching yellowtail, mutton snapper, and a couple grouper. The full day "offshore" charters that have been heading way out have still been finding some mahi, blackfin tuna, skipjack tuna, a couple wahoo, and a few tripletail. The mahi are definitely a little spread out, but the boats that have been putting their time in have been catching a rackful by the time the trips have ended. A lot of boats have had 10 - 20 fish, some schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, and some gaffers from 6 - 15 lbs. There's been a couple slammers over 20 lbs as well. The wahoo and tripletail that have been caught lately have mostly been around floating debris. So if you find that "magical piece of debris" , you might make your whole day in one stop! We've pretty much had wind in the 15 - 20 knots range the past week, making the seas choppy, but still plenty fishable. If you are worried about getting seasick it's definitely a good idea to take some motion sickness medicine the night before as well as in the morning. The wind seems like its going to settle in the east this week at 10 - 15 knots, and I wouldn't be suprised to see some "slammers" hanging up the next few days. The daytime swordfishing is typically very good in September as well, so we'll keep you posted on that too. Give the marina office a call and let us set you up on an Islamorada offshore Fishing Charter! 305 664 2461 . We have boats available and there's not the crowds of people here like there was the last 6 months.
Capt. Nick Stanczyk
Man O War with a great catch of "gaffer" mahi
big bull shark caught and released on the Buzz On while reef fishing
The Fearless with a catch of delicious yellowtail snapper and a couple mutton snapper
A tripletail suprised them while trolling by a piece of debris and it hit an artificial lure
The Buzz On mixed it up with some snapper on the reef and then found some debris offshore with mahi, tripletail and a wahoo on it in the afternoon
This father/son team had a great day catching mahi aboard the Strictly Business