2/15/13 Backcountry Fishing Islamorada Report

Well today February fishing islamorada in the backcountry we had shots at several different types of fish.  Tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, cobia, tripletail, and more!  That’s all possible when you go fishing in the florida keys, especially out of Islamorada.  We caught most of them too, unfortunately the snook we broke off and cobia we had some hook pullage.  But several, nice 22-24 inch reds in some creeks plus a juvenile tarpon which ate a big lively shrimp on a jig.  We found some nice slowly falling water with some tanic water coming out of a side creek which usually spells F-I-S-H.  We hit the gulf after that escapade and had our cobia bite, unfortunately no others and the conditions did look good plus we caught the tide change which usually is a sure bet for decent cobia fishing in islamorada – perhaps the incoming front had thrown them off.  We hit the trap lines on the way back, lots of triple tail which I’m happy to report, we caught plenty plus one for dinner.  Also got into a mess of trout on the way home and some keepers as well.  After this weekends front, fishing should continue to improve as we enter the spring time.  You know what is on the agenda then – big tarpon!  We’ve been seeing plenty showing up and after the cold weekend they will likely be in feed mode, so be ready!  Until our next february fishing report islamorada.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk