The muddy water, dead grass, and general downturn from hurricane sandy cleared up dramatically today in the gulf of mexico during our november islamorada fishing trip on 11/4/12. Started out west near sprigger bank, caught some nice mangrove snappers and bluefish on pilchards. After a long while a few spanish mackerels showed up, we caught half a dozen nice ones and broke a few others off. This is a great option when backcountry fishing florida keys on a half day in the winter time, a few more weeks and another cold front and they should be going strong. I love gulf of mexico fishing and it’s a good time of year for cobia when the waters near low 70 degrees. That’s what we looked for later, ran further out to some deeper gulf wrecks. Saw some permit in islamorada on them when we pulled up but they bolted quick, anchored down and had one swim back up but he got spooked by the boat as he swam right into it. Had another lay up on the surface, fins out of the water. He had a chunk out of his back was likely almost a shark appetizer! He did not want to eat though did drop down to look at a big shrimp. So we put some islamoradacobia fishing baits out, some humming pinfish. Ended up getting 4 nice cobias, Carols caught one casthing a pilchard too on a trout rod/jig – this was a battle! Also got a small goliath grouper, and a much larger 100 lber on a chunk of mackerel. Then got a 250 lb bull shark as well on a jack cut in half, nice action on the big rods! The tide quit soon after this, and not much was going on with the incoming water, so we split. Ran the crab lines looking for triple tail, saw a handful, had one eat and spit, and then caught one. It was a great end to a november florida keys fishing trip. This should be a great week of fishing and as long as the winds stay down, we have good tide and the water has cleared up nicely out there… fish on!
A late season hurricane known as Sandy gave us some tropical storm force winds here before the beginning of november fishing in islamorada. It did give some opportunity to try some islamorada bonefishing. With the cloudy/rainy/overcast condition, changes in barometric pressure, and stirred up water, it gives a good ‘stake up’ condition. We sit and wait with baits out in strategically placed areas. As conditions were fairly dangerous otherwise, it was a good option this day as some great flats are literally within a minute or two of Bud n’ Mary’s. I had some regulars Jim and Gwen out who fished with me a couple days before in the everglades, catching Jims first snook fishing in islamorada as well as shots at many more, redfish, snapper, jacks, and the like. Another fellow guide, Capt. Jim Willcox, was fishing close by. Both boats landed florida keys bonefish and the parties were stoked! Also got into several bonnet head sharks, atlantic sharpnose sharks, and some other various ‘picker fish’ such as box fish – which don’t let them fool you they can give a hard fight! Some intense weather came in towards the end of the trip so we both came in early, feeder bands of hurricane sandy, scary to see especially now november fishing florida keys. However being so close to home it was fine, just a little wet but we were prepared for that! In November and December, this is always a great option to keep in the back of your mind, especially those days it is blowing 25+mph. You don’t have to sit in a hotel room you can be catching bonefish in islamorada comfortably!
The wind was blowing recently pretty badly here in Islamorada fishing in the florida keys. All the way back to 10/12/12. The northwest hard wind that blew up to 22 mph made us run all the way backcountry fishing islamorada to cape sable, hoping the wind would keep the water cleaner in the creeks. It swung around the wrong way though, which can happen when october fishing islamorada. Luckily the water was semi-protected where we went, we hit some points on the low tide and caught some very nice reds and snook on pinfish. Bob McClure, our friend, lost a very nice snook on light tackle with shrimp on a jighead. Bob pitched in the major leagues for 20 years, going to the 82 world series with the Brewers. He also was pitching coached for many teams, including the Miami Marlins. Hitting a few other mouths and points, we didn’t have much luck as the water got higher and the fish scattered up into the creeks and downs trees. We went from deep to shallow, finding some new spots and hitting some trees, openings, forage, what have you. We picked a half dozen reds here, 4 there, that kind of thing, plus a few snook. Redfish in Islamorada is going to be great in the coming months, winter time. We also got a few black drum which are fun and a great cooler water fishery. We got into some more nice snook on the way home, catching 5 or so, plus losing several lunnkers in the trees. A few more nice reds too and a small goliath grouper. Snook fishing Islamorada is often best in the fall months. We found some more reds in deeper water on the way home too, and had one tarpon that spit our pinfish bait out. Lost a large snook of 20 lbs that jumped into a tree and around a branch, breaking us off. Oh well, very fun day and did not get home till late, another great florida keys fishing charter.