Well The Fall Season is finally here, and the kids are all back to school. It's usually the slowest time of the year for fishing here in ladythe Florida Keys . I'm only referring to the number of fisherman, not the number of fish. All I can say is the fishing is awesome. The bait fish showed up in big numbers about two weeks ago. And with the bait come the predator fish.
If you haven't gone to Live bait fish the humps with us for blackfin tuna you are missing out. On every trip this fall we've loaded the boat with tuna. Just yesterday we had 6 on at a time and managed to catch 20 beautiful blackfin and some fat skipjack tuna as well. With two live wells full of pilchards it was GAME ON !!!! The Tuna were in suc h a frenzy at the back of the boat it wouldn't take two seconds to get a bite. After getting our fill of tuna we went in search of dolphin. And it didn't take long to find 5 nice gaffers under a frigate bird. We also found a nice piece of bamboo floating. It truly was a magical piece of debris. We managed to get some wahoo more dolphin and a huge tripletail.
I can honestly say this has been the best August and September I can ever remember for dolphin. Just three days ago I found a school of over 1000 dolphin from 10 to 20 lbs. It was like the TV show Blue Planet. There must have been over 50 frigate birds and brown boobies working the school. It was quite a site.
It Looks like the Fall Tuna fishing on the humps is going to be just as good as it has been in the last few years. WE like to catch these tuna on 12lb spinning rods, making it an absolute blast. We can even catch them on fly rods when they are in a frenzy.
The Bottom fishing remains strong as well even though I haven't done much of it. I can honestly say I've only gone bottom fishing one day in the last month, but it was outstanding. We filled the box with nice snappers up to 12 lbs and some nice porgies and amberjacks.
To book the trip of a lifetime with Captain Brain Cone on the Contagious give us a call at 305-664-8070.
October and November are considered "the slow season" here in Islamorada. Not because the fishing is slow but rather that there are no anglers here to take advantage of some of the hottest fishing of the year. The saying what goes up must come down is true with the offshore fish that live near the Gulf Stream. All of the dolphin that migrated north in the spring Steveand early summer to the feeding grounds in the upper Atlantic and coastal Carolina regions all head back south at this time of the year. And guess what? They are called feeding grounds for a reason. These fish have been gorging themselves and that means that much bigger fish are heading south. Many trophy fish are caught this time of the year. We are always on the lookout for split charters and would love to see you with that fish of a lifetime so come on down and get one. Another advantage for fishing this time of the year is that you can get off season pricing on many of the rooms here in town.
Captain Joe Saba on the Dirty Boat went for a snapper trip this week and was listening to the radio chatter about dolphin in close. He slid out a short distance and had 20 good size fish in the box in about an hour. Captain Brian Cone went to the "hump" with the bait well full of pilchards and described Black fin tuna's skyrocketing out of the water 15 feet in the air crashing these live chummed baits. He caught quite a few in the 15 to 20 pound range. Needless to say the entire marina enjoyed sushi that day. We are starting to see some Kingfish coming in as well most in the 30-40 pound range. So be sure to call me and book your trip.
This is also a great time to fish the party boat. After the full moon in September the Mutton snapper start their spawning and several should be caught on every trip. Nat Gross a Saturday night regular caught a beautiful 7 pounder last week. The daily snapper bite remains strong and with the kings starting to show up we are sure to have some very productive trips. Call for reservations and don't forget that we will discount your second trip of the day to $25.
The 5th Annual Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic, held October 7 & 8, 2011 in Islamorada, saw two of the Robbie's gang win!
1st place was Arek Wojick on The Fishing Pole (above). and 2nd place Brian Cone on the Contagious. Congratulations to you both!
For info on the tournament, click here.