The weather has been absolutely spectacular the past week here while deep sea fishing in islamorada. The winds offshore have been 5 - 10 knots, with seas being 1-2'. The mahi bite was very good a few days ago, with all the boats pretty much limiting out on "schoolies" (mahi in the 3 - 5 lb range), and there was a few decent fish on the dock up to 20 lbs. Today the mahi fishing was decent overall, with mixed sizes of fish. Some are short and have to be thrown back, but still plenty of keepers mixed in if you pick through the schools of fish. The blackin tuna bite on the hump slowed down from what it was a couple weeks ago, but there still been a handful around, atleast enough to make some tuna appetizers for everyone! The reef fishing has still been very good for snapper, and the mangrove snapper bite is in full swing. They spawn offshore on the reef this time of year, and average from 1 - 4 lbs, and occasionally there will be a few even bigger ones mixed in. There's also been some nice vermillion snapper out a little deeper, and some blue line tilefish while bottom fishing in 400 - 600' of water. I've spent the last few 4 days swordfishing, and we caught fish on 3 of 4 trips. It's taking lots of patience but if you dedicate the day to it you still have a good shot. We caught 2 fish one trip and then 1 the other two days, one day yielded no bites at all. 3 of the fish were in the 60 - 75 lb range, and one fish was 201 lbs, which fought incredible. It took 3 hours to get the fish in the boat! The next still looks like good weather here so get on down for some fishing!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk