Well it was blowing as forecast today here in Islamorada fishing on 10/23/12. However that didn't stop boats from getting out into the florida keys backcountry fishing. Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Rick Stanczyk both fished near the mainland of florida. The ride was not too bad a few short bumpy areas but for the most part you can run the banks/islands and stay in the calm water, and once near shore and in many of the areas we fish back there, you forgot it was even windy out!! Capt. Jim reported some nice size redfish and some snook which starts getting good here in october fishing islamorada. Lots of neat wild life too including a bald eagle/croc Capt. Jim got photos of, plus plenty of white pelicans and spoonbills starting to show up for the winter here in islamorada florida. Capt. Rick had a good bite of snook this morning with regulars Jim and Gwen, we only managed one snook to the boat but missed/broke off/jumped off at least another 10 - just wasn't are day but that's why they call it fishing not catching! Also got one nice redfish and jack crevalle, plus a 50 lb sawfish on light tackle which was exciting! Jim was thrilled to get his first snook and sawfish. Later we hit some runoffs and caught plenty of trout and mangrove snapper on the way home. Capt. Bill Bassett fished closer to flamingo fishing and reported a mix bag of snapper, trout, ladyfish, jacks, and picked at half a dozen reds around some islands. So remember when your here florida keys fishing in october and the wind is honking, the nice thing about islamorada is there are so many options to fish and much protected water - you can still get out there and have a great day!