We’re a good way into November and are officially in ‘fall’ fishing mode here in the Florida Keys. We’ve had a real taste of colder weather we had a good front about a week ago that dropped temperatures down in the high 50s here. That chilled the water temps down nicely they are back in the mid 70s now but that gave us a few real good days of backcountry inshore fishing in the florida keys. We had an excellent day with redfish and snook catching over 3 dozen fish a few days ago, mostly redfish on the bottom of the tides in channel runoffs. The last couple of days I’ve been snook fishing and that has been pretty good we got double digit snook each day the last two days. They’ve been eating pilchards which are readily available on the shorelines of Islamorada. We catch them fresh every morning usually. The snook fishing has been decent it’s not a bite every cast and often it requires a good bit of chumming to get them going, but we’ve been able to get a good catch with some hard work. Elsewhere the patch reefs have been strong with snapper, porgy, and hogfish. The spanish mackerel bite has not really fired up red hot yet, though that should get good with another front which we may be getting this weekend. If your looking to come experience fishing in the everglades now is a great time. Or if you want a half day of action and good eating fish, the patch reefs of islamorada are a great option too. Give me a call let’s go fishing!
The Fall is definitely my favorite time of year to swordfish in Islamorada, but it’s a fun time of year on edge of the reef as well. Our swordfish streak has continued. We’ve caught 1 or more fish on 16 consecutive trips, including a couple on each of our last two trips. The Islamorada Offshore fishing charters have mostly been fishing on the edge of reef, wrecks, and shallow patch reefs. Conditions change each day, but lately we’ve had snapper, grouper, mackerel, barracuda, shark, a couple mahi, a couple blackfin tuna, and had a couple sailfish on, but the sails won the battle. As we get more into winter we should have more and more sailfish opportunities, a few wahoo, more cobia, etc. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to try your luck live baiting, bottom fishing, or deep drop swordfishing!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk