I've been slacking on the fishing reports lately but it's not because we haven't been catching fish! Some boats have had great days sailfishing the last couple weeks, and most of the days there were atleast a handful caught amongst the fleet. And if sailfish aren't what you're after we've had action with king mackerel, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, red grouper, gag grouper, black grouper, blackfin tuna, a few mahi, barracuda, amberjack, and a couple wahoo! The Warbird had a great trip catching 20 mahi one day last week, but season is definitely coming to an end for them, so it will probably just be a few here and there on most trips. This time of year the boats have been anchoring down and bottom fishing, slow trolling live baits, and kite fishing with live baits. The most sailfish we've seen caught so far this month in a single trip was 7 aboard the Relentless, the Kalex and Hey Papa each had a day with 6 releases, and a handful of boats have had 5 releases. In all honesty any day you release a sailfish is a good day though! The Islamorada Sailfish Tournament takes place on Dececember, 4, 5 and 6, so we are excited to see how the Bud n' Mary's Boats do! It's the first leg of the Islamorada Gold Cup Series. Unfortunately we've had some windy weather the past week and some boats canceled trips when the wind hit 22 - 25 knots. Hopefully the wind lets up the next few days and all of the boats start getting back out. I made it out on a couple swordfish trips last week and we managed 1 swordfish on one trip and lost 2 on the other trip. Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to plan your next Islamorada Fishing Vacation and we'll set you up with a great boat and a place to stay! The Miss Islamordada Party Boat has fished most days the past week, and they've been catching the usual bottom fish as well as had an big african pompano one trip and a 30 lb kingfish the other day as well. Remember Kev's Cafe is open at the marina at 6 a.m. so if you want to eat breakfast and/or order lunch get there early or give him a call at 305 664 4500. His menu is listed on our website.
Capt. Nick Stanczyk