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Upper Florida Keys & Islamorada

Capt. Izzy Donatiello
January 8, 2001
Islamorada - Saltwater Fishing Report

Over the past few weeks I have been fishing almost every day, therefore my reports have gotten behind. Having said that here we go. On the offshore scene the fishing has been good. The cool weather has moved down a nice body of sails and kingfish. My charters have hooked a sail on every outing over the past two weeks. The bait of choice has been Ballyhoo, but we did catch one on a cigar minnow last Thursday. The fish have been shallow; most of the sails have been taken from 90 to 130 feet. Last week, we caught a 32# king in 111 feet and a 28# Blackfin tuna in 100 feet. When conditions were correct; we found some 8# Dolphin in 250 feet or water.

The cold weather has shutdown the spanish mackerel fishing back in the bay. However, it has moved the fish into the warmer water on the Oceanside. The patches reefs are loaded with spanish mackerel, mutton snappers and nice red and gag groupers. You have to weed through some undersize ones, but you can usually go home with dinner. Live bait is the key to get the bigger ones to eat.

I fished a couple of times in Miami, after Christmas and did good with tarpon, jack crevalles and spanish mackerel.

Take someone fishing. Book a trip with a full time pro. Give me a call 1-800-320-2753.


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Light tackle sportfishing in Islamorada Florida Keys. I specialize in live bait fishing for tarpon, trout, snappers and snook in Everglades National Park. I also fish for sailfish, yellowtail snapper, grouper and dolphin in the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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