We've had our first couple of cold fronts here in Islamorada, weak ones but temperature/wind changes nonetheless. The wind has swung around from the southeast to the north multiple times, some fish didn't mind it where a few didn't like it. In the middle of last week we saw some great catches of mahi, boats had 20 - 30 fish, anywhere from 3 - 15 lbs, but a few days it was much more difficult when we had the north/north west wind. Saturday a lot of boats had them when the wind died out, but on Friday they were elusive for almost everyone. A lot of boats have still been heading to the humps to live bait and troll for blackfin tuna. Last week was very good overall, mostly "footballs" in the 5 - 12 lb range, but still a couple in the 20 - 25 lb range. Only a couple of the offshore boats fished yesterday and the tuna bite had slowed down, we each got a few. I do think they will spark back up this week though with the east wind again. The action on the reef has been picking up each week too, and it will only get better as we get into winter! The yellowtail snapper bite has been good and the mutton snapper are getting fired up. We should start seeing more and more grouper as we get into November. I didn't see any sailfish flags this weekend, but last week there was a handful caught and released around the reef. On the wrecks the king mackerel are starting to bite better and better, and there a few tuna and a few stray mahi coming by too. This time of year the fishing conditions change often with the weather, so what's good one day may not be the next, but if you're ready and willing to fish for what's biting you'll have a great day on the water and catch a mixed bag of fish. The daytime swordfish bite has been very good lately too. We caught 5 fish one trip and 2 on the other two trips, with fish from 40 to right at 200 lbs. Give us a call in the office when you're ready to book your Islamorada Deep Sea fishing trip and we'll get you set up! 305 664 2461
Capt. Nick Stanczyk
Miguel with a big daytime swordfish with Capt. Nick Stanczyk
Nice Fall time "bull" mahi aka "bullhead"
Fun day on the Fearless with Blackfin tuna, kingfish, mahi, and skipjack tuna
Predator with a mixed bag of tuna, cero mackerel, and yellowtail snapper
Blackfin tuna for Wayne from Mississippi