A lot of offshore boats fished the past few days here deep sea fishing in July in Islamorada. Mahi Mahi have still been the main target, and overall it's still been pretty good. Every boat that has put in a full day of Mahi fishing has done at least decent, and a few boats have still been doing very well. Some boats have found big pieces of debris and caught their limit in one stop, while other boats been searching for the migrating fish which the birds help us find. Some of the schools of fish have been "gaffers" ( 6 - 12 lbs) , some have been big schoolies and some schools have been "shakers" (which we shake off next to the boat because they are undersize). The dolphin (mahi) fishing takes patience many days, and you may have a few hours of boredom while you search around for fish, but the boats that have been sticking it out have been finding the fish eventually. The boats have been average 15 - 40 fish, and there's still been a couple "slammers" (20 + lb mahi) on the dock between all the boats each day as well. The blackfin tuna bite on the humps has been fair, a lot of boats are catching a few for dinner, and there's also been plenty of skipjack tuna. There's also a few big dusky sharks on the humps now. The "deep dropping" (deep water bottom fishing) in 400 - 700' has been producing blueline tilefish and a couple yellowedge grouper. A lot of boats which have had 1/2 day charters have been staying on the reef the lat few days and there's been a fair bite of yellowtail snapper, plenty of mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper and a few king mackerel. I think we will still see plenty of mahi in August, but the fall months the last few years have been great for the "blackfin blitz". We should see lots of blackfin tuna out there while fishing here in August. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 and let us set you up on a charter while in the Florida Keys!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk
Buzz on with the big bull of the week with a 46 lber
Capt. Nick helping shoot a show with Bass2Billfish with Host Peter Miller and Wild Bill from Dealiest Catch
225 lb dusky shark caught on the hump on a live tuna
Lots of action with mahi on the Reel McCoy
Family fishing trip with plenty of mahi, a few tilefish, and a tuna appetizer!
15 lb tasty yellowedge grouper from 600' of water
Gimme Jimmy showed this family a great time on the water
Cynthia caught this 42 lb bull with long time Bud n' Mary's Customter Paul on their boat while on Vacation here in Islamorada