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Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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A relatively calm few days last week allowed some charters to make the run to the Islamorada Hump somewhat comfortably. Reports tell us that the Blackfin Tuna were inhaling small “jap” feathers in the current rips on the Hump. The Tuna were what we call “footballs” in the 4 to 7 pound range. No reports of any rogue Dolphin being in the mix.
Here is where the bulk of the oceanside action will be for the foreseeable future. It is Sailfish season and there will be a Tournament pretty much every weekend for a few of months. The 54th Islamorada Sailfish Tournament will be held November 30 through December 3rd this year. Captain Travis Dickens on his Indigenous charter boat out of Bud and Mary’s Marina released three Sailfish on Wednesday last week. Charter Captains were reporting good action on King Mackerel also. While slow trolling live baits deep there have been Mutton Snapper and Grouper caught. Anchoring in 70 feet of water Captain Lou Brubaker got into the Yellowtail Snapper with a box full at trips end. In the chum slick were Cero Mackerel and a variety of jacks to provide additional action. While drifting baits for the Yellowtail Snapper, take a break and cast jigs into the chum and retrieve them erratically for the Cero Mackerel bite. Captain Rob on the Southern Comfort caught a few Kingfish in 130 feet just off the reef and then as a bonus put a 32 pound Cobia in the boat.
Gulf and Bay:
The Spanish Mackerel finally seem to have gotten consistent in the Gulf. In water from 6 to 12 feet over the grassy bottom the Spanish Mackerel are willing participants and hitting jigs tipped with Shrimp. For the most part run just a little way beyond the Yacht Channel on the bottom of Florida bay and anchor. And as they say, “chum and the will come” and also you will find a few species of Snapper as well as the occasional Trout hitting the jigs intended for the Mackerel. Also, there may be Cobia and Sharks swimming around to investigate all the activity. Cast a live Shrimp ahead and to the side of the brown shape and reel to keep the bait near the surface to get the bite.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Captain Dave Borras out of the Lorelei Marina in Islamorada fished a couple of trips last week and had some fun up shallow sight casting to Redfish. Captain Rich Burson out of World Wide Sportsman Marina fished the Cape Sable area and got into Snook, Redfish and released one small Tarpon, all along the most beautiful beach you will ever see. Captain Eric Scoble fished a half day trip and stayed close to home catching Snapper in the Island moats.


Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! It has been an exciting week here in Islamorada with winter time proving that it is well on it’s way! The Sailfish are showing up in decent numbers where at least you can definitely feel like you can go out and catch a couple each day if you choose. The water temperatures are dipping down around 80 degrees, and I even saw 79 degrees on the ocean side this morning. This is good news for our winter fishing, and we are looking forward to things cooling off a little more. The offshore report still has some green hornets in it, and even been a few nice ones around for the guys that have been venturing out. The Humps still have some nicer Blackfin Tunas on them, and the AJ’s are getting thicker. Sharks have lightened up a bit, but that is short lived for sure. The reef and wrecks have been pretty solid as the fish have been really moving around in the deep. The Muttons and Groupers have been on the move with these cooler temperatures and coming off a big moon, and it has been a lot of fun chasing them around. There has been a really good bite on these guys the past week, and we have beat up on them the last 2 days. Got one more day of bottom fishing, then it will be Sailfish mode for the rest of the year I believe. The Red Snappers were a nice treat this past weekend, and we are looking forward to catching more of them tomorrow. What a great eating fish, and a lot of fun to catch, so after years of letting them go were finally got to eat a few! The Yellowtails are still biting, but they did slow a bit on the deep reef. The patches were the best of it this past week, but as the temps level out the deep reef will get going again! Well, that is it for this week! Stay safe everyone, and we will see you next week!

Tight lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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