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Islamorada Fishing Report By Captain Greg Eklund from Cloud Nine Charters

January 2016

Fishing in Islamorada has been excellent of late.  Sailfish season is in full swing.  We have been releaseing multiple Sailfish daily using a variety of fishing methods.  Kitefishing, Sight fishing, slow trolling, and chumming live bait have all been productive.  We use a variety of light tackle to catch the Sailfish which means our anglers have lots of options and the fish benefit from being caught in a way that promotes a healthy release to fight again.  In addition to the Saiifish we have seen a good number of Wahoo and Cobia the last few weeks.  Large Blackfin Tuna have also been migrating thorugh lately.  These fish make for great fish fights and excellent table fair.  Islamorada is known for its diversity of species and fishing options this time of year.  We focus our efforts along the different areas of the reef line.  Expertly lining up the current weather, tide, and water conditions puts our anglers in a position to maximize their time onboard the CLOUD NINE and catch a bunch of fish.  If you are interested in fishing with us you can book a charter by calling (305)360-7476, visit, or email me at  You can also follow us on socail media at our Instagram @gregeklund.  

We look forward to fishing with you!

Capt Greg

Islamorada Fishing Report for the Offshore and Reef waters by Capt Greg Eklund

September 2014

Hard to believe that the end of summer is fast approaching the fishing grounds off of Islamorada.  There are still a few Mahi and Blackfin Tunas using the currents of the Gulfstream offshore.  While these two fisheries are winding down others are starting to thrive.  We spent several days lately fishing for Swordfish during the daylight hours with success.  September and October historically are excellent months to chase these majestic billfish off of Islamorada. While fishing for the Swordfish requires patience the reward of seeing these great fish jumping and along side the boat during the daytime far outweighs the effort required. Historically the largest of the Swords are landed in our area during the month of October.  Lets hope that this year is no different.  If you have ever wanted to catch one of these now is the time to give us a call and schedule your trip. Further inshore along the edge of the reef fishing for a variety of Snappers has been excellent.  Yellowtail, Mutton, and even some big Mangrove Snappers have been biting well.  A few groupers and king mackeral are also biting on several spots.  This is also the time of year when we start to think about catching Sailfish along the deeper ledges of the reef line. As we get into October these fish start to focus in on the abundant schools of Ballyhoo and scads loaded up along the edge of the reef.  Sight fishing, Kite fishing, and slow trolling live bait are all viable methods for catching these great light tackle fish.  If you are planning a fishing trip to Islamorada this fall now is the time to get in touch with us and reserve your space aboard the Cloud Nine.  Fall in Islamorada is an exciting time to charter fish for a variety of species.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me by email or give a call at (305) 360-7476.  You can also follow us on Instagram @gregeklund or keep up with the Islamorada fishing report at See you soon! Capt Greg

Islamorada Fishing Report for August 2014 by Captain Greg Eklund

Mid August 2014


Charter fishing off Islamorada here in the Florida Keys has continued to please our visiting anglers of late.  The Mahi bite has continued strong with lots of fish in the 5 to 15lbs range and a few between 20 and 40 lbs.  The fish have been using the deeper ledges between 750 and 1500 ft and taking advatange of the large amounts of bait in the offshore weed lines and current edges.  The Blackfin Tunas have also been aggreagating over and around the area's underwater humps.  Both trolling and live bait fishing have producd some tunas in the 8 to 25lb range.  The swordfish bite has bettered over the last week as the waning moon gets closer to the dark phase.  Fishing for the Swordfish can require some patience but the sight of a Broadbill Swordfish jumping and then along side the boat during the daytime hours is worth the wait.  Further inshore along the edge of the reef our half day trips have been producing alot of Yellowtall and Mutton Snappers. Several areas are also holding some King Macks and Bull Sharks too.  We look forward to the opportunity to get you out on the water to do some first class fishing during your visit to Islamorada.  IF you would like some help planning your trip or need to book some days fishing please contact me by email at or call (305) 360-7476. You can also follow us on Instagram @gregeklund or visit our website at


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Mile Marker 79.5, Oceanside, Overseas Highway/US-1
Islamorada, FL.



Capt. Greg Eklund

T: 305.360.7476
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Islamorada, FL 33036

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