1/13/12 January islamorada fishing report gulf/backcountry

We’ve had a gusty east wind the last several days however we didn’t let that put a damper on the islamorada fishing charters.  The last few days we’ve hit the edge of the gulf of mexico for the spanish mackerel.  Yesterday fishing was red hot, today was ok we caught about a dozen or so plus a nice 8 lb kingfish (king mackerel).  A good mix of mangrove snapper off a wreck out there too plus plenty of jacks and blue runners.  We’ve also caught some big bruiser blacktip sharks which are lots of fun.  They jump, spin, bite, do everything they can to try and get off the hook and they are a challenge!  The specimen pictured here was one of the biggest caught and close to 70 lbs!  January fishing islamorada is a often good in the gulf here.  We even had a big 300+ lb goliath grouper try to eat one of the smaller blacktips the other day which was exciting to watch him lurking underneath thinking about it!  Yesterday we also went back into the park as we had a full day and fished several run-off ditches for trout, ladyfish, etc…  Some of the trout were very nice size which have not been easy to find the last several months.  January fishing the florida keys continues to be productive even with the howling winds and unusually warm weather.  If your looking to get out on the water this winter fishing islamorada give us a call we’ll put you on the fish!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk