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Upper Florida Keys & Islamorada

Capt. Izzy Donatiello
December 7, 2000
Islamorada - Saltwater Fishing Report

On 11/28, I had a regular customer out for the first of three days offshore. We caught bait Pilchards and Pinfish and headed out for a day of bottom fishing. Our first spot was disappointing, the second drop was a different story. The first bait down resulted in a 26'' Gag grouper, several short groupers later, a 4# mangrove snapper came up. Another move resulted in a nice red grouper being placed in the cooler. On Wednesday, we canceled because of the rain, wind and lighting. Thursday, we again caught bait and slow trolled them between 100' to 160' of water. By noon, we had released three small kings, and had a couple of other bites. The wind had picked up well above the predicted 20kts and the seas became very rough; taking all the fun out of the day. Since there were only the two of us onboard; we called it a day.

On Tuesday the 5th, I fished three anglers from Wisconsin. They wished to fish the backcountry. The wind was coming out of the North-northeast at about 18 kts. I decided to run to Springer bank to look for some Spanish mackerel. The water was very dirty, I found some cleaner water to fish in. The fishing was slow, but as the wind diminished the fishing picked up. We kept busy catching nice trout, jacks and a nice Pompano. At around noon, a school of Redfish came by. We caught two both around 36'' which were released. Both of these massive fish, were caught on 8# test line. We continue to fish this area; without finding the reds again. We also didn't find any Spanish mackerel. I moved to a different area and we caught several one to two pound Mangrove snappers for dinner.

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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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