We had some gorgeous weather here the past week while deep sea fishing in Islamorada! We also saw the mahi bite really pick up, so that was great news! A lot of boats had 20 - 30 fish on their recent trips, but a few boats still just had a handful. The mahi have been averaging 3 - 10 lbs, but there's been a few in the 15 - 25 lb range too. There's also been quite a few "football" size blackfin tuna on the humps, as well as some amberjacks. We got lucky one day and released a 100 lb blue marlin aboard the "Broad Minded", which goes to show you that when you're trolling anything can happen! There's also been a couple sailfish released the past week. There's also been some tripletail around the floating debris offshore.
A handful of boats have been doing some deep drop bottom fishing in 300 - 600' of water and they've caught blueline tilefish (we are only allowed 1 per boat now), snowy grouper, rose porgy, and even a couple barrelfish!
Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been decent overall, with a few really good days when the conditions were right, and of course a couple slower days when the current and wind didn't cooperate. There's been a few grouper still around, and they are just like any other fish, where they bite good one day and not the next. Most of them have been black grouper from 10 - 25 lbs, and there's been a couple red groupers mixed in.
Way offshore a few of us have been out daytime swordfishing, and there's been fish around! Capt. Charlie on the Bn'M had a 195 lber a couple days ago, we tagged and released a couple juveniles yesterday, and Capt. Travis had a 90 lber yesterday. We also had some fish at 110 lbs and a 170 over the weekend.
We are super excited that this weekend will be the "Grand Opening" of our Bud n' Mary's Outfitters store!!! We have the largest selection of Pelagic fishing gear in the Florida Keys, a bunch of YETI products, custom Columbia products, and a lot more Bud n' Mary's Shirts and Hats! So swing on in and check it out!!!
Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing trip in the Florida Keys, and don't forget we have hotel rooms and houseboats for you to stay on while fishing with us!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk
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