Tarpon has been the fish to catch the last few weeks. With over one hundred fish landed last month alone, our best day being a few days ago with 8 fish to the boat and several other jumped off. Although we have had a ton of fun with many great customers nothing last forever. The time frames for your best tarpon fishing are March through July, but we catch them most of the year as long as it stays warm. The bulk of the fish will leave on our first cold front which is usually in October.
The fishing here in Islamorada has been great this past week with a summer like pattern and a warm welcome to say the least, the tarpon action has been great on fly and bait for the first week in February. We have been catching snook and redfish deep in the creeks and with the tides for the upcoming days I expect that fishery to get even better. The ten day forecast looks great and for this being the heart of winter we will take it. There has been a decent bite of trout and your action open water fish [trout,jacks,ladyfish,snapper,etc] just about everywhere you go especially the closer you get to the edges of the gulf/park. In the downtown areas the bonefish have been doing there thing on the flats early in the morning and we have been finding them more in the deeper edges of the flats in the muds on the outgoing tide.
Fishing in the Everglades has been spectacular, due to our recent drop in temperatures. The snook in the incoming tides have been biting great on jigs baited with shrimp. The redfish and black drum have been second-to-none on your hard bottom spots. (oyster beds or hard shelled bottom) The speckled sea trout have been biting well on your outgoing tide, narrow channel passes.
Shallow Water Patch Fishing Report
On the ocean side of Islamorada there has been an unbelievable amount of species of fish caught, including hogfish, porgy, yellowtail snapper and mangrove snapper. With the shrimp drifting through the bridges, and the back-to-back cold fronts coming through, its what makes the shallow water fishery so extravagant. The gag groupers' have been biting as well, and if you're lucky enough, the permit have been floating on the inshore rocks!