We finally have nice weather again! It was a windy couple weeks but the winds let up and the seas calmed down Sunday afternoon. Boats still fished in the wind and rough seas, but I know everyone was excited yesterday for beautiful weather and for some of the upcoming days as well. The mahi showed up in big numbers yesterday off Islamorada. Almost all the charter boats that fished caught between 15 - 30 fish. Most of them were "schoolies" in the 3 - 6 lb range, but there was a few biggers ones. Earlier in the week the Buzz On had big bulls 3 days in a row from 31 - 35 lbs. Hopefully its going to be a good year on them, and full days are going to be when most boats make the run into the gulf stream to target mahi.
A lot of boats fished the reef the past week. Yellowtail snapper have been on most the spots, with a few big mutton snappers mixed in. The groupers are still here, so fingers crossed they bite May 1st when season opens up! The permit are spawing right now on a couple of the wrecks and reef spots as well. Not big numbers of them but there's been a few caught. There was a few sailfish caught and released yesterday, so there is always a chance of getting a sailfish on the edge of the reef the next month and the occasional one offshore while trolling.
There's been a lot of small blackfin tuna on the humps and plenty of amberjack. If you want to pull on something big send down the shark bait because they are around! Plenty of big bull sharks with a few other species mixed in.
Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with a great boat. We also have lodging options, including standard motel rooms and floating houseboats!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk