The fishing in August has been fantastic - as usual. A little warm in mid day, so we try to plan the trip early in the day or later in the afternoon/evening. The redfish have been abundant. The spawn must have been very successful this year. We are catching large numbers of small fish along with the larger fish. The snook fishing is good - but can be hit or miss. The snook season will stay closed until September 17th due to the fish kill we had in January/February. We can still catch and release - but the fisheries management are going to reevaluate the fall opening of snook season on September 17th. Personally, I prefer they keep it closed for a few years. We have plenty of great fish we can eat here that are very plentiful. Like the trout and snapper. The trout and snapper fishing is as great as ever. It is not uncommon to catch 100 trout and/or 200 snapper in a days fishing. Some of the best fishing trips involve targeting several different species in a day. We can target the trout, then pursue the snapper, then target snook and reds and/or target a big shark or tarpon and/or bones/permit and many others. This is why Islamorada is considered " The Fishing Capital of the World". There are so many options. I enjoy all types of fishing and can satisfy the expert to the amateur. Kids are welcome and this is the best place to introduce a youngster to fishing - because they are sure to stay busy catching fish and have the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime.
Friday, August 6, 2010
August is here and the summer fishing is in full swing. The mid day is very warm and the best times to "beat the heat" are morning or late afternoon/evening trips.
The trout bite has been great with as many trout as you want to catch. They are so aggressive this time of year we only need to use artificial baits. The mangrove snapper bite is excellent as well. A shrimp on a hook is the best way to hook up with more snapper than you can believe. 100 or 200 fish is a common catch for these abundant species. That is one of the reasons this area is known as the "fishing capital of the world". There are very few places in the world that you can catch 100 plus fish in a half day trip.
If targeting some larger more feisty fish is your gig - the redfish, snook and shark fishing this time of year is also great. Redfish up to 10 pounds, snook up to 15 pounds and shark over 200 pounds.
For the real experienced angler who is up for a true challenge the bones, permit and tarpon are extreme fighters and an excellent catch. For the bones and permit - be prepared for a lot of stalking and when we get "on the fish" you need to make an excellent cast. If you have the patience and the casting ability your chances are very good. Bones average 8-11 pounds and permit averaging 15-25 pounds are common this time of year. The baby tarpon are always around and the evening are the best time to "hook up". The variety of species in our area is another reason that we are know as "the fishing capital of the world". Some of the other species available in the backcountry are - triple tail, cobia, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, grouper, mackerel, black drum, sheepshead and many others. Come on down for some of the best fishing in the world!!!