Well the backcountry fishing in Islamorada has been on the slow side the past several days. We had another extreme late cold front and the nightly lows were in the low 50s, bringing some of the water temperatures in the everglades down to the high 50s making things very sluggish back there. Even the local islamorada bay waters were down in the low 60s though are now climbing back up. The islamorada patch reef fishing has been the hot ticket the last several days. We had action with a variety of fish out there including lots of mangrove snappers, yellowtails, porgies, grunts, and blue runners. We caught occasional nice hogfish, some various smaller groupers, and even a few small sharks and such. Some guides that did fish in the backcountry that in the afternoon a few fish did bite. Capt. Bill Bassett was able to find a handful of mackerels and snappers mixed in with lots of jacks and such. Capt. Jack Backus did get a nice trout bite in the backcountry yesterday afternoon as well. Capt. Mark Hlis was able to find some redfish poling in the afternoon too. Today lots of guides were fishing the patch reefs and most had good action and a good mix of fish for dinner. I had Andrew and son Alex Lee, they caught a mess of fish including some nice mangrove snappers, a couple hogfish, a few porgies, yellowtails, and a few small bonnet head and reef sharks. The tarpon fishing the last few nights was very slow as the water temperatures were still below 70, that should be improving the next few nights and we do have some ideal tidal situations the next several nights, if the water warms up enough the next few days the tarpon fishing will likely improve tremendously. Last night we saw plenty of fish rolling in 3 different spots we fished though none wanted to take a bait, live or dead. April islamorada tarpon fishing is usually much more consistent and fish are here, so make your plans now as guides are booking up fast and this is one of the busiest spring seasons we have ever had!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk