reef fishing

12/3/14 Reef Fishing in Islamorada

It’s definitely “winter-time” fishing here in Islamorada now! We’ve had a few cold fronts come through the last few weeks and we are seeing the usual suspects while out there fishing. Each trip on my charter boat, Bn’M II at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina, has been a little different. Conditions change everyday but we’ve caught plenty of fish by the end of each Islamorada full day fishing trip. We’ve had quite a few families out fishing the last couple weeks and it’s been great seeing the smiles all the kids have had while catching fish! We’ve been live baiting while kite fishing and slow trolling for sailfish, king mackerel, and the occasional mahi and blackfin tuna. A couple days we caught a surprising amount  of mahi for late November, but I wouldn’t expect to catch tons of them throughout the winter.  I really haven’t put much time in for wahoo or cobia yet, but I have seen a couple around the dock. They should only get better as the weeks pass. We’ve been doing a lot of anchoring down for bottom fishing lately too. A few days the conditions were tough, with the current going into the wind. But after moving a couple times and trying both the shallow patch reefs and the deeper main reef we’ve caught a bucket full of fish each trip! We’ve had plenty of yellowtail snapper, a few big mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper, a few black groupers, and had a surprise amberjack the other day. Send me an email to and let me know if you’d like to book a fishing trip.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk