October and November are considered "the slow season" here in Islamorada. Not because the fishing is slow but rather that there are no anglers here to take advantage of some of the hottest fishing of the year. The saying what goes up must come down is true with the offshore fish that live near the Gulf Stream. All of the dolphin that migrated north in the spring Steveand early summer to the feeding grounds in the upper Atlantic and coastal Carolina regions all head back south at this time of the year. And guess what? They are called feeding grounds for a reason. These fish have been gorging themselves and that means that much bigger fish are heading south. Many trophy fish are caught this time of the year. We are always on the lookout for split charters and would love to see you with that fish of a lifetime so come on down and get one. Another advantage for fishing this time of the year is that you can get off season pricing on many of the rooms here in town.
Captain Joe Saba on the Dirty Boat went for a snapper trip this week and was listening to the radio chatter about dolphin in close. He slid out a short distance and had 20 good size fish in the box in about an hour. Captain Brian Cone went to the "hump" with the bait well full of pilchards and described Black fin tuna's skyrocketing out of the water 15 feet in the air crashing these live chummed baits. He caught quite a few in the 15 to 20 pound range. Needless to say the entire marina enjoyed sushi that day. We are starting to see some Kingfish coming in as well most in the 30-40 pound range. So be sure to call me and book your trip.
This is also a great time to fish the party boat. After the full moon in September the Mutton snapper start their spawning and several should be caught on every trip. Nat Gross a Saturday night regular caught a beautiful 7 pounder last week. The daily snapper bite remains strong and with the kings starting to show up we are sure to have some very productive trips. Call for reservations and don't forget that we will discount your second trip of the day to $25.