Islamorada Fishing Report 07/28/2020

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    john anderson
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    Fishing Report 07/28/2020
    Offshore:

    It has been a tough one here this week with the torrential downpours and heavy East wind. We have managed to brave it out all week, and thankful that we have had tough groups. Only one that didn’t make it out offshore, so we managed to make the best of it with the snappers on the reef. The fishing has been great with the wind, as I mentioned last week that was just what we needed. Lots of mahi offshore and the tunas are biting well on all the humps. They all seem to have a decent amount of nicer sized fish on them too, so I would say if you can get out there with some live bait it should make for a fun day. No report this week from the sword grounds, as I don’t know anyone who made it out that far, and no report from the deep dropping either. It has been a little rough this week to say the least.

    Reef:

    The reef has had some action this week with the mangrove spawn still going strong, and the fish are appearing to be getting larger. A lot of nice 3-5 pounders caught this week with nicer yellowtails, muttons, and even a few nice black groupers thrown in the middle. Bait hasn’t had much traction this week other than some smaller pilchards, but they have been good enough to get the job done. Rumor has it there’s a nice school out back, but we haven’t been able to make that trek just yet. Not looking too good for next week with Tropical Storm Gonzalo moving toward Cuba, but hopefully it will stay weak and not mess things up too bad. Maybe we will get lucky and it will take the Covid with it!! We can only hope for a cure to this pandemic, but for now we are grateful and blessed that we get to go fishing every day so we will take it! The weekend weather is a 50/50 with Saturday looking a little blustery, but they aren’t showing much rain in the forecast just yet. Sunday looks nice with the winds calming down to 9-11 knots, so if that sticks it should be a nice day. Not sure what next week will have in store, but you “Lobster Mobsters” might be in for some tough conditions.

    Gulf and Bay:

    The winds have recently picked up on the gusty side so the gulf fishery is on hold until the winds subside. We have been staying close to the park boundaries and doing really good with some big trout, Snappers and sharks.

    Gulf and Bay:

    The Snapper bite has been great while fishing the grassy bottom from Sandy Key all the way to Sprigger Bank around the park boundaries. We have been bouncing 1/2 oz jigheads paired with DOA soft plastics on the bottom while drifting for a mixed bag of big Trout, Snappers, Ladyfish and many more. The boats that have been venturing to fish the wrecks in gulf waters are reporting great action with big Sharks, Snappers, Goliath Groupers, Permit and a few Cobia.

    Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

    Last week ended up being a wet one with stormy conditions. Many anglers got out in between storms and put together some great catches. The bite in Flamingo has been typical for this time of the year. Redfish are patrolling the shallow areas with Snook and Tarpon not far behind. Work with the tides and you will be more successful. If you want something big to tug on your line a dead bait on the bottom around the deeper channels will get your workout going. Look for the mainland shoreline as you head west towards the Cape to be productive as well with a good Snook and Redfish bite. Fish the creeks and shorelines in the East Cape canal area for Snook and Reds with plenty of Sharks and a few Tarpon as well. Anglers fishing the shorelines from Cape Sable north keep encountering a great bite of Snook with Redfish mixed in. Live baits like pilchards and Pinfish will be deadly but DOA baits bait will also get the job done. The bonefish bite remains best early morning with the cooler water temperature with some Permit around the deeper edges of the flats and banks, concentrate on the deeper edges of the flats and banks where the water temperature will be the lowest.

    Around the Bridges:

    The Tarpon bite around the local bridges and channels remains best at night and really early morning. Drifting live medium size Crabs, dead baits on the bottom or live Mullet or pilchards have been getting there fair number of bites early and later in the daytime hours. Snappers, Groupers, Jacks and many more continue to be regular catches. It’s very hot out on the water so make sure you reapply Sun block often and drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated.

    Fishing Report provided by: Captain Juan Garcia

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