Dolphin fishing is starting to finally pick up. Amber jacks and almaco jacks are biting great. As are yellowtails and mangrove snappers. Tarpon bite is slowish but on a four hour trip catching one is a good bet. Groupers are biting as good as you can expect… If you get a couple keepers in 2-3 hours of fishing you are doing pretty good. The mutton snappers are stacked up on the wrecks from 120-210.
Capt. Brian McCadie
This week we had several good catches for Snapper in different depths. While the patches were good early in the day, the reef was good later on with both yielding lots of keeper Yellowtails. Several trips limited out on fish including some big Mutton Snapper.
Night time trips for flag Yellowtails have been excellent and conditions have been good with winds S-SE aver as ging 10 knots.
Many of the offshore boats have been bringing in some slammer Dolphin and Blackfin Tuna are on the humps as well.
The weather looks good for this next week and Grouper season is here on Sunday!
Spring is in the air and thoughts of offshore fishing for Mahi and wahoo are on everyone’s brain. However it’s not time just yet, we still get to enjoy the inside reef and wrecks for another month. However we will start to see a few more of those species showing up, some early arrivals! The spring brings a strong yellowtail snapper bite at night because they start to spawn. Other fish that will be spawning are amberjack and Permit. These giants will show up on our deeper wrecks and on our humps offshore. Some of those spots will also get some giant sharks on them which are good for the extreme fight that they give to the adrenaline junkie. Along with the new activities that we are getting into we start to see a real good king mackerel and sailfish bite, and Cobia migration back on near shore up on the reeftop. We have been fishing for these species all winter but now we will see a bigger population on the last push of the year through town. We will start to venture offshore and do some deep dropping for snowy grouper, porgies, and tilefish in the 450 foot range and deeper. This gets us off shore where we can scout out the mahi fishing. And finally in our channels and bridges we will start to target giant silver kings otherwise known as Tarpon. As you can see spring time just like all year around in the Keys is loaded with options; that’s what makes us the fishing capital of the world. There are so many different options and species to target and take home for dinner. On the Blue Heaven we are ready for anything and are looking forward to meeting you soon and enjoying a day out on the deep blue or on the back country!
Spring break is here and we are all starting to get out a lot more. Today winds were out of the east helping things warm up a little. We had a nice group of gentlemen from different parts of the country that had all connected through a fishing club.
The bite on the first drop was excellent right away with keeper Yellowtails and some jumbo sized Mangrove Snappers. We also found a good number of juvenile Mutton Snappers in the area that were released. A few Cero Mackerel made it into the mix as well as some Porgies. Drop #2 was even better with more Yellowtails that were bigger and some Yellow Jacks. We also picked up some more Cero and released some Muttons. All in all we had nonstop action for the day ending up with our limit of Snapper and a nice catch of various great eating fish. I’m hearing of a good Amberjack bite out deeper but we didn’t venture any further offshore for this trip.
Capt. John Ciulla
Catatonic Sport fishing/Islamorada Dive Adventures
Captain David here. January has been windy, wet, and chilly by Keys standards . It has tried to slow the bite but the Captain Michael and crew persevered and came out on top! The kingfish bite was great along with the Porgy, Mangrove Snapper, and Yellowtail Snapper. The Trigger Fish are hot and back in season.
We’re looking forward to February being dryer but a little cooler. This will make for some great fishing days to come. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Until then, tight lines and calm seas!
Hello again to all of our loyal followers, fisherman, and fellow tarpon feeders. Captain Ed from the Captain Michael party boat bringing you this month’s reef fishing report. We saw some quality days in October where the fish finally seemed like they wanted to bite. The fall winds are starting to pick up helping to “dirty” the water, which is a huge help when yellow tail fishing. The better the visibility the harder yellow tail fishing becomes. The fall winds help push sediments through the water helping to reduce the visibility.
Along with the fall season, the wind also helps to cool down the water and push some of our pelagic fish back in town. We have been seeing a few sailfish come up and check out the baits swimming in our chum slick, having live baits on hand will be key for any hopeful sailfish hook ups. We try and throw the cast net whenever fresh bait starts swimming behind the boat. We throw a 12ft cast net on the party boat, which when thrown properly is a pretty cool feat to watch. Plus it helps keep live bait on board and gives us the freshest bait for the best of chances. The fresh bait really helps when we try looking for some Kingfish. We have caught a few already in October yet the kingfish bite should really start to pick up with the water temp dropping and the northerly winds pushing in.
Lastly we have seen a solid bite on the mutton snappers, not all have been keepers but this fish fights like a tank. Not every hookup may be a keeper but it sure adds some fun on the end of your line. Speaking of fun, we want everyone to join in with us. So give Jessica and Charlie in our ticket booth a call and put some reservations in to come see us. If your fishing needs are a little more personal and advanced our ticket booth can help set you up with the right private charter to give you the ultimate experience you’re looking for.
Until next time always remember… You gotta hook em to cook em!
Captain Ed Freeling
With November comes the kick start of our winter fisheries. By now the mahi-mahi offshore have moved on, so we concentrate our efforts inshore on the reefs and wrecks. We are catching yellowtail, grouper, mutton, cobia, king mackerel, and sailfish inshore with the occasional black fin tuna and wahoo. We use a combination of dead bait and live bait; we also do a combination of bottom fishing and kite fishing. The winter also brings Spanish mackerel to the gulf of Mexico, for us this type of fishing is a lot of fun on ultra light tackle as well as cobia, king mackerel, and snapper plus the abundance of sharks to play around with. In the right conditions you can even sight fish for triple tail in the Gulf. So as you can see our winter fisheries have a great variety and plenty of options for you to always put together a great catch. So give us a call and set up your charter today, or sign up for one of our split charters and save some money. I hope to see you soon on the Blue Heaven.
Captain Skye Stanley
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
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
This is Capt. Brian McCadie coming to you from Robbie’s in Islamorada! I wanted to give you a quick report of the summer time activities we have to offer from fishing to lobstering and spearfishing.
This summer the offshore bite for dolphin and tuna has been as good as we hoped. Lots and lots of “schoolie” dolphin which are up to about 30 inches, plus a good number of “slammer” or 20 pound-plus fish are out there right now. On a normal day we are catching between 10 and 40 dolphin in addition to the blackfin tunas. As for the tunas, the number we catch is basically dependent on how much of our day we choose to spend fishing for them. They are located on a certain piece of structure about 18 miles from shore and they bite all day long. So the longer you fish for them, the more you catch. I usually throw 5-10 of them in the box before moving on and searching for dolphin.
That being said, sometimes people just want to catch and eat tuna so we spend the whole trip doing that. The size of the tunas we catch changes throughout the year and they get bigger in the fall than the summer. We are already starting to see this trend start. In the summer the fish are 5-10 pounds but it’s still early September and we are catching them upwards of 20 and even a few into the 30 pound range. You can expect this trend to continue through November.
Spearfishing is only getting more and more popular. I do quite a bit of it and this summer was no exception. Our main targets when spearing are hogfish, grouper, snapper and lionfish. Just the other day I took a family from Pennsylvania spearing and they got 8 big lionfish, 7 hogfish and also a handful of lobsters. Other notable spear kills this summer were a black grouper about 25 pounds, multiple mangrove snappers over 4 pounds and a very nice mutton snapper who weighed in at 11 pounds. Lionfish are very easy to spear and downright delicious but they don’t get that big. This summer my customers shot the biggest 6 I’ve ever seen. 18 inches was the top dog and we had 5 more over 17 inches.
This year hasn’t proven to be a banner year for lobsters, but we are still catching them well. Opening day it took us 2 hours to get to our limit of 24 whereas the year before it took half that amount of time. Now that the season has been in full swing for a month or so the numbers are getting a bit smaller. On a typical charter you can expect to catch dozens of “shorts” or lobsters that are too small and anywhere from 5-10 keepers. Not that we couldn’t hit a mother load and limit out (6 per person) but most trips have been creeping into the double digit range for the keepers. When we lobster if you are not a certified scuba diver we snorkel in spots that are 5-15 feet deep and catch the “bugs” with a net and tickle stick. It’s a ton of fun if you like swimming and snorkeling!
I look forward to fishing with you soon! – Capt. Brian