1/20/13 January Islamorada Fishing Report in the Gulf.

Had Rich and Luke Cromwell, regular customers of my brother and myself, today in the backcountry and gulf of islamorada fishing january.  We started out near the cape and hit a spot on the way out to the gulf looking for some snooks. The action wasn’t hot and heavy and after no bites at the first spot, moved a little further in a creek and ended up pulling a couple snook out, one medium size and one little guy.  Luke caught his first snook and was happy on this islamorada snook fishing charter.  We then decided to move out into the gulf as the wind was dying out and tide was about to start falling in a bit, a great time to be out there for cobia fishing florida keys.  We stopped on a bit of structure on the way out looking for some cobia or big redfish. Casted a couple of pinfish out and let them sit, but nothing happened.  We pulled anchor and continued our trek west.  As we drove we scoured the crab buoys in search of tripletail.  We ended up finding plenty and catching 6 in total including 3 keepers – great for dinner!  Triple tail fishing islamorada is great when it is calm.  Luke was happy with his first triple tail and did all the work, casting shrimp on a small hook with a bobber up current of the buoys and letting them drift back to the fish – WHAM! He is on!  Had a nice permit surprise us and swim under the boat while boating one fish, however we weren’t ready in time and he swam off into the gulf.  Never no what will happen on a january islamorada fishing report!  We made our way to the wreck just as the tide changed.  Put a few pinfish out and in no time had a big cobia on of 15+ lbs.  Luke fought him for a while and he didn’t want to give up but we finally got him, lip gaffed for a picture, and released.  Again Luke is happy with his first cobia – what a great day!  We caught 3 more cobia, as well as plenty of jacks.  Some cobia we sight casted too which was fun.  Had one goliath bite on a live bait on the bottom but unfortunately missed him, and then a shark stole the bait.  We then ran back to the islamorada everglades fishing in search of some trout.  We ended the day in some runoffs and caught a handful of nice size trout, islamorada trout fishing is good in the channel run offs in the winter time.  Great end to a spectacular day, Luke and Rich cannot wait to come back to the florida keys fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@fishingislamorada.com

12/6/12 December Islamorada Fishing Report

December islamorada fishing is off to a great start!  Went out for fun today with my dad and friends, Capt. Dave Peck and Capt Vic. Gaspeny.  We were looking for ‘big mo’, of the big florida keys redfish that occasionally are out in the gulf this time of year.  We ended up finding a small pack of ’em, only snapped a picture of this one which doesn’t give it justice but was close to 20 lbs.  There were several others with him, a big gold/red ball, and some over 30 lbs likely!  They all disappeared though once they saw the boat, never to return unfortunately.  The water and weather was gorgeous today, had a nice falling tide all day which is ideal for backcountry fishing islamorada.  Especially in the gulf of mexico!  We ended up catching several cobias as well, some of them nice fish and keeper size.  They are lots of fun on light tackle rods.  We also got a few small goliath groupers and a red grouper, plus plenty of jacks, blue runners, triple tail, and some spanish mackerel.  The groupers, cobia, and big red were all caught on pinfish!  All in all not a ton of fish, but some real quality ones – which I always appreciate!  Great day fishing in the florida keys!  The bugs were horrendous out at cape sable so we did not stay long there, though we did try this morning for a little while looking for some snook.  Well stay tuned for more news concerning fishing the florida keys in december!  Most of the fishing will be moving to deeper creeks/canals in the back, as the waters cool in the shallows.  Islamorada flats fishing will slow down a bit, but there is always something else to do here when fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@fishingislamorada.com 

November Islamorada Fishing Report, gulf of mexico turns back on!

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 islamorada cobia 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!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@fishingislamorada.com