Fishing Report by Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina.
Things are getting better each week at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina since Hurricane IRMA. The outside dock where the houseboats are usually tied up should be back together within a few weeks and we will have some more accommodations available for season. The last couple weeks most boats have fished the reef but a few have still verntured offshore. The Fall is a transitional time here so we see a little bit of everything, but every day is different. The first few days of November we saw some great catches of sailfish, with boats having as many as 7 releases! This week was a little slower on the sailfish but there has still been a couple caught each day. They should get more consistent as each week passes. There’s been plenty of action with snapper, mostly yellowtails with a few mangrove and muttons mixed. Also a couple red and black grouper. The kingfish are just showing up and we’ve seen a few “smokers’ over 25 lbs, but most have been in the 5 – 10 lb range. We’ve also been seeing a few cobia on the wrecks and plenty of barracuda on top of the reef. There’s been a couple blackfin tuna caught on the edge of the reef, and some offshore on the humps. The tuna bite on the humps has been on and off, a few days they bit very well and some of the days the bite was non existent. The mahi are thinning out, but there’s still being a few caught.
Way offshore the swordfish bite was good a week ago but it did slow down the last couple trips. On the Broad Minded we released a small fish one trip and the next day kept one for dinner around 90 lbs and let a 100 lber go. The gimme jimmy also had a handful of bites one trip and released a juvenile swordfish. We did some deep dropping in the 800 – 1000′ depth a couple of the days and caught barrelfish and blackbelly rosefish.
Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you’re ready to come down to Islamorada and go fishing!!! We have motel rooms and boats available!!!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk