Today was the last day fishing in Islamorada in June 2016 and a couple boats finished the month up with good catches! The past ten days the mahi bite was mediocre overall, but it definitely improved for most of the fleet the last couple days. The boats have been averaging 5 - 20 mahi per trip, and most of the fish have ranged from 3 - 20 lbs, with a few from 20 - 35 lbs. There has also been some big schools of undersize mahi, reffered to as "shakers" , since we shake them off at the boat. Late this afternoon the Indigenous charter boat caught a big 47.2 lb bull, which is one of the biggest dolphin on the dock this summer!!! Hopefully the bite continues to improve and remain a little more consistent.
The blackfin tuna bite has still been good, mostly with "footballs" in the 3 - 10 lb range, but a few boats caught some fish in the 15 - 30 lb range with live pilchards while live chumming at the humps. There's also been a couple amberjack around the humps. We've seen some tripletail on debris as well. Some boats have been deep dropping and catching barrelfish, snowy grouper, and tilefish.
On the reef we've seen lots of yellowtail snapper, a couple grouper, a few mutton snapper, and the Kalex had a an african pompano the other day which was a nice suprise.
Way offshore the swordfish bite has been decent most days, yielding 1 - 3 bites. A couple days were slower for the boats with no bites, but if you got a bite and made it count, then you had a great day. The biggest fish was a 343 lber caught by Barry, and there was some tagged and released and a couple in the 100 - 260 lb range.
Give the marina a call at 305 664 2461 if you want to get in on the fishing action for July! We should see mahi and blackfin tuna the rest of the summer. Also check out our new apparel store when visiting Bud n' Mary's Marina. It's right next to the dive shop and we have all sorts of Pelagic gear, yeti products, and more!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk