Islamorada Snorkeling Report for October 2015

Hey folks, this is Capt Chris invading your inbox from the Happy Cat snorkel boat! September gave us plenty of hot days and some decent snorkeling weather with great visibility and plenty to see on the reefs. We have been seeing a ton of turtles and pods of dolphin all within very close range and that’s always a great experience for everyone!

As we dive into October, we still have our sunset trips on the books so before those days start getting real short, book a nice sunset cruise and enjoy the view with complimentary champagne. As the weather cools down we will start offering our Island heritage tours on Friday, Saturday and Sundays which involves guided tours of both Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key State parks. If snorkeling is in your near future, give the ticket booth a call and get signed up for one of our trips. The Happy Cat departs at 8:45 am, noon and 3 pm daily.

Please don’t forget to check weather conditions with the booth on the day of your snorkel trip as the weather sometimes doesn’t cooperate but we always do our best to get you out there and have an awesome time! Well that will about do it for this month, so come on down, get in, get wet and fins up!

Capt. Chris Muller

Capt. Michael Fishing Report for October 2015

Happy October to everyone, captain Ed here with this months fishing report from the Captain Michael party boat. While we saw a hotter September the good news is it should really start to cool down a bit in the near future. This is great for us fisherman. As the temp comes down the water should start cooling down some. This should help turn up the bite. The day trips over the last month have had some slower days but the night trips stayed productive. This should really start to balance out as the water drops a few degrees in temp.

The yellow tails are starting to bite. While we are having success finding yellow tails they don’t always want to feed when the water it too warm. They will school up and eat the chum but not touch the baits. Almost as if they are laughing at us. However with the cooler water coming in we will hopefully get the last laugh. Aside from the yellow tails our infamous mutton snappers should be spawning soon. Trying to catch these impressive fish on light tackle makes for some great fun. And for as much as people enjoy our delicious yellow tail, Mutton snapper might make your taste buds favor the strong and speedy mutton.

Lastly with the seasons changing that means some returning pelagic fish should be making their way back to town, fish such as mahi and King fish and the mighty sailfish will soon be part of our catch. It is my personal goal to try and land a sailfish on the party boat. The only way you can hope to get in on some party boat action, is by coming out and seeing us. Give the ticket booth a call and set up some reservations and let’s see what we can put on your dinner plate.

Until next month, tight lines!

Capt. Ed Freeling

Backcountry Fishing Report for October 2015

Dolphin fishing remains strong, they are mostly school fish in the medium size. Big black tuna are biting on the sea mounts. The bigger fish coming after the live bait. This is a great time to catch swordfish, day or night. In the back country snook season opens and they are everywhere! The snapper bite is good on the reef as well as in the back country. There are lots of small tarpon around the bridges at night, and around flamingo during the day….. So lets go fishing!

Captain Ron Howell