Islamorada Fishing Report for the Offshore and Reef waters by Capt Greg Eklund
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 alongside 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. Let’s 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 mackerel 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 www.islamoradafishingtrips.com. See you soon! Capt Greg