Fishing Islamorada

4-8-13 Offshore Fishing Islamorada

Fishing in Islamorada has been pretty good the first week of April. Not every day has been a home run, but we’ve had action every trip and there’s been some good quality fish around. Today we had a very slow start to the day, and finally boated our first fish at 11:30! It was a nice 50 lb amberjack, followed by a 30 lber. After that we looked for some mahi, and after 20 minutes came across a school, but they didn’t want to bite very well. We caught a couple, and but just one keeper. It was just enough to feed our couple though, so they were happy! We decided to head back to the reef edge after that and right when we got in a saw a pack of sailfish swimming down sea. We struggle with live bait this morning, but did have a few left over from the day before. We managed two bites from the pack and caught and released one of them. After that a fellow fisherman gave us a few left over baits that they had. Next we tried for some permit and released 3 in all, with a pair of them around 30 lbs! We weren’t done yet though. We also hooked a double header sailfish and released both of them too! It wound up being a great day of Islamorada Fishing! Yesterday we started out by catching some nice vermillion snapper, and then did some trolling. We caught a pair of mahi, and one was a nice 20 lb bull. On the way home we stopped at a spot and sure enough saw some permit. Within 2 minutes we were hooked up! After a 20 minute battle on 15 lb test, Long time Bud n’ Mary’s Marina customer Tom, landed and released his biggest permit ever! A big 31 lber! The days before that we released some sharks, including this nice hammerhead, we caught some king mackerel, barracuda, and plenty of snapper. The sails have been a little tough the past month, but you never know when it’s going to be your day! So when your ready to get out fishing shoot me an email!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

3-12-13 Fishing in Islamorada

March is a busy time here while fishing in Islamorada. We’ve been fishing just about every single day so far on the Bn’M and have had some great days and some decent days. March is a transitional month for sure. We get a little bit of everything, but not always a ton of one thing. We’ve had more cold weather in March than most of the winter and we have some more cold weather coming! The Shark Fishing was great our last trip offshore. We caught and released a big bull shark between 250 – 300 lbs, and then released an estimated 600 lb tiger shark! We also had some small blackfin tuna and a couple of decent size amberjack. The reef is where we have spent most of our trips however, and today we had the best bite of kingfish we have seen all year. We had our limit of fish up to 31 lbs. We also had a few snapper for dinner including a nice mutton snapper. There’s also been a bunch of barracuda around the reef, which makes for great action. There was some cobia action the past few days when the conditions were right too. We released some small fish on multiple occasions and had a few keepers up to 35 lbs. There has been a few mahi around, but not in great numbers yet. We had 4 one day but a couple of them were gaffers. We should start to see some more though as we roll into Spring while Islamorada fishing. Send me an email and I’ll get you our fishing!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

2-22-13 Offshore Fishing Islamorada

There’s been some good action the past few days while offshore fishing islamorada. Today We had a father and daughter out for a full of islamorada fishing action! We started out like we do every day by rounding up some live bait. From there we went to a wreck just outside the reef, and within an hour caught our limit of king mackerel to about 10 lbs. After that we put some live ballyhoo out and within 20 minutes hooked a pair of decent blackfin tuna in the 12 – 15 lb range, and managed to land one of them. The next target was a big shark. It was a little rough today but we took our time and went out to another spot I like in about 300′ of water. We sent down a slab of bonito and within 10 minutes hooked the shark we were looking for! Some days things don’t go your way though and after about a minute of fighting the shark we broke the line! Anyhow we didn’t let it ruin the rest of our day. We caught a couple barracuda after that and then came back towards the reef. I found a handful of mahi under a bird and we managed to catch 1 and missed another, the other fish didn’t bite. The last couple hours we focused on sailfish, and we had 2 shots, hooking one, but after about a minute battle the sailfish started jumping all over and our hook came flying out. Yesterday though while february fishing in Islamorada we had a great morning trip. We caught a couple king mackerel to start the day and then anchored down for some bottom fishing for a couple hours. We managed our limit of 20 snappers including mangroves and yellowtail. We pulled anchor and start running towards home, but I had just climbed up to the tuna tower and way out to the side I noticed a large cobia swimming on top! We turned towards him and there was a nice school of cobia following a big stingray. We hooked 3 fish, 2 were undersize and then we fought a 57 lb lunker for 3o minutes before sinking the gaffs into the fish. The day before we had a couple amberjack to 30 lbs, a couple mutton and yellowtail snapper, a sandbar shark we released, a few king mackerel, and also released a big black grouper (the season re opens for shallow water grouper on May 1st).  Book your Islamorada Fishing Charter today!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk