Well looks like we have (hopefully) our last cold front of the year coming over the weekend. Today on 2/15/13 there was lots of moisture in the air and some scattered rain, you could also feel the cooler air pushing down with the north/northeast winds in the backcountry fishing islamorada february. We fished a bit west of flamingo and out around the cape this morning. Picked a handful of nice 22-24 inch redfish off a few spots. Also got a nice juvenile tarpon which was cool as my anglers wanted to catch one. We also lost a snook at the boat and caught plenty of snappers and jacks. Later bugs got bad in the next spot, so we went in the gulf to check it out. Hooked one cobia on the wreck which we pulled the hook on, and caught a big sting ray fishing the gulf in islamorada. On the way back found the tripletails floating and caught probably 8 or those, only one nice keeper though but they were lots of fun! We ended the day with a handful of trout in some runoffs again, not a bad way to spend the day fishing islamorada in february. Capt. Dave Sisung fished closer to Islamorada, they had a mixed bag and got a couple nice sharks too, as well as this nice redfish to end the day. Capt. Bill Bassett found caught a few redfish polingand said they saw many more, plus caught fish for dinner including trout and mangrove snappers. Capt. Mike Bassett reported some redfish, black drum, trout, and a snook back around mainland florida as well. Great news on this islamorada fishing report. This cold front should only last a couple days and hopefully a few days after that things will warm right back up. Tarpon have been around we saw several again on the way home near Bud n' Mary's, and Capt. Vic Gaspeny did report catching some in the early morning hours before daylight. The islamorada fishing forecast will be calling for tarpon, tarpon, tarpon as we enter the spring!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk