Had a 3 boat trip today out of Bud n' Mary's Fishing Marina in Islamorada Florida Keys on 11/7/12. This is a transitional time of year so the fishing varies a bit and can be a little inconsistent as temperature and winds fluctuate often. Today myself, Capt. Perry Scuderi, and Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti fished the Kanipus party. We fished the flamingo area, which winter fishing in islamorada is often good back there. The wind kicked up good as yesterday it was flat calm and suppose to get cold tonight, but wasn't too bad 15 mph out of northwest. Capt. Perry and myself started out with some nice catches of redfish, we got probably close to 30 with several nice slot size fish. They were eating pilchards and shrimp as the pilchards have been easy to get and close by. Capt. Vinnie reported a decent pick of various fish including redfish, snapper, trout, and a few juvenile snook where he went november fishing in the florida keys. Later our boat was after meat so we hit some runoffs for trout which usually gets good as the water temperatures drop, we caught plenty of trout and got 5 or so keepers plus some snapper, jacks and ladyfish, mostly on pilchards again but a few on shrimp too. Capt. Perry reported some mangrove snappers, jacks, and a few small snook as well around one of the islands back near flamingo. We then decided to try to catch something bigger and ran out west to try for either big shark or goliath. We put the big rod out and a few pinfish for possibly a cobia or big snook, and of course we caught a 10 lb cobia on the big rod on a dead ladyfish on the bottom. Oh well at least we got one! Great day on an islamorada backcountry fishing trip, the boys are bringing all their fish to lazy days for a fish fry tonight and had a great time! The cold weather thats coming should start pushing more fish to their winter time spots, including the spanish mackerel into the edge of the gulf of mexico fishing.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk