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Upper Florida Keys & Islamorada

Capt. Izzy Donatiello
October 2, 2000
Islamorada - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fishing report for the week of 9/23/00

Thursday 9/21. I had a trip with Andrew Lasso of New York. Andy had fish with me over the last two years. We were going offshore, for some Dolphin or tuna action. We stopped for bait, Pilchards came up and we were off. I ran out 16 miles without seeing a bird or a solid weedline. I turned to the East and headed to the hump to see if the Blackfin would eat. On the way, we cut a nice weedline with some debris in it. As we crossed it, the rigger popped and a nice dolphin shot skyward. We put a 6 # cow in the box. I eased back to the line, and throw out some live baits, and a hand full of fish came to the boat. We caught a couple of more and they were gone. We worked that weed over the next couple of hours and picked away at the fish. As the action dried up; we started to troll back to shore to try of a sail. On the way, we hit two more schools of fish, one off a 2X6 plank and the other off a piece of bamboo. We trolled past, hooked a fish and came back around and fished the live baits. When we had enough, we ran inshore and made a drift for a sail, but no action. We called it a day.

On Saturday the 23, I had a half day backcountry trip with John Weingardt and Steve Charles. I ran back into the Park to Man of War basin. We drifted and had continuous action with Ladyfish, Jacks, Sharks and Trout. The anglers caught their limit of Trout, two 21 inches with most in the 17 to 18 range. The bigger fish were taken on strip baits and jigs under corks.

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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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