I just want to take this time to thank everyone for the awesome season. I just want you to know that I appreciate each and everyone of you. This was a great season and I am not ready for it to be over. BUT!!!! lets get something straight just because the so called busy season is over in NO WAY means that the fish are not here or biting. Yes it is a little hotter in the summer, but that just means we fish a little earlier in the morning or a little later in the evening. The evening bite can be on Fire making for a comfortable and fun experience for the experienced or novice angler. My favorite time to fish is fall. Cooler weather and downright enjoyable days on the water. So I know that my reports haven't been coming regularly and for that I apologize. I will be sure to rectify the situation!
Let's put you up against the hardest fighting fish the backcountry has to offer.
Fishing for a fight I like to call it. You may be asking yourself right about now. What I am referring to. Well Jacks and Barracuda for one. Jack Crevalle are undoubtedly the undisputed pound for pound champion of the fight club. They hit like a ton of bricks, pull hard and are among the most aggressive fish, maybe anywhere. Team that with the fact that they will chase down and annihilate just about any bait or lure that gets in their way, and you have some real fun. Barracuda on the other hand will lay in wait until they see something moving fast. They stalk, follow, and then BOOM devour the bait with lightning speed. Then comes the drag screaming, rod doubling, acrobatic fight. A Barracuda will take long runs then go airborne and hit the water running without missing a beat. So that sounds cool huh. Hell Yea it does, but we are only getting started! Did I tell you yet that those are just the bait? Next comes El Tiburon, The tax man, the man in the grey suit. The Sharks!!! Shark fishing on light tackle is an exhilarating experience. When the fight is over you will definitely feel like a man (or woman). Each kind of Shark has a different personality and a different style of fight. From the Blacktip and Spinners long runs and propensity for jumping to the Bull or Hammerheads all out dog fight. I like to use the lightest set up (read Rod, Real, Line) possible then chum in the sharks and pitch the baits to them in shallow water. It makes for a good experience. You can see the shark coming from long distances away, then you make the cast watch it eat and hold on for a ride. Most sharks will pull the boat around during the majority of the fight. So we "follow" them for a while before we really put the brakes on. An average shark fight can take 15 mins or so to the longest one I've had being 3 hours. The size and variety can be astounding. You can have 2 or 3 ft sharks and 10-20 ft sharks come in to the same chum line. So you think you are tough? Good come on and lets put you to the test.
Check out my Shark fishing page for more.
Check back frequently for new inshore Islamorada fishing reports!