Islamorada sea horse deep sea fishing report
Capt. Rick Rodriguez
November 5, 2016
Islamorada - Saltwater Fishing Report
Islamorada Sea Horse Off Shore Report
Report: The edge of the reef and local wrecks have been producing some great catches. With some attention to detail a nice day's catch can be put together. Everyday has been amazing from start to finish. With a live well full of bait there are many possibilities for bottom fish like Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Jacks, and Grouper. Near the surface Kingfish, Tunas, Wahoo, Mahi, Cobia, Bonita's, and Sailfish. It's been pretty cool to have had such a variety of fish caught with consistency so close to the reef.
Along the reef and in deeper water huge schools of mullet have been migrating to the south west. All kinds of predator fish have been devouring them. Truly a spectacle to observe when the mullet jump out of the water by the hundred fleeing for their lives.
Further off shore the Black Fin tunas have been swarming at the Islamorada, and 409 hump. The tunas have been moving through the Islamorada area with consistency for months now. Most of the tunas have been caught on small inline feathers or squid skirts. Some anglers like to use live bait to chum up and catch Tunas and often have great success. However lately sitting still to catch these fish often attract sharks too. The sharks have been eating the tunas before they get them in the boat. Adapting to the environment often produces more fish in the box than sticking to what you think works best.
Swordfish are at the peak of their season now. October has always been the best month for numbers of Swordfish and big ones. A variety of baits like squid, bonita strips, and eels work fine this time of the year. The trick to catching a swordfish is to fish for swordfish.
Back Country: Captains John Gargin and Jeremy Paphfendorf have been catching fish in the back country. They have both done well on snook, mangrove snappers, Redfish, and Sea Trout. The trout fishing has been gaining momentum since the water has cooled down a little. Huge spring tides have made it easier to locate the trout when the tide begins to fall. Local knowledge and experience has served them well during these changing conditions to locate fish.
Forecast: We are anticipating the arrival of more baitfish along the edge of the reef,and more Sailfish. The arrival of Ballyhoo, cigar minnows, and pilchards in the past has often been accompanied by Sailfish, kingfish and everything else that migrates southwest during the winter.
Captain Rick Rodriguez
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