Fishing Report by Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina.
Another month of fishing has came to end here in Islamorada but we sure saw some great catches the last few days of the month! The Catch 22 released 8 sailfish one trip and the Cloud Nine released 9 sailfish one trip! It’s not like that every day, but if you’re in the right spot at the right time you can see some great action! A lot of other boats have had 1 – 3 sailfish releases per trip.
Other reef fish have included king mackerel, black grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail and mangrove snapper, barracuda, sharks, and a couple mahi and blackfin tuna. Out a little deeper there has been vermillion snapper and a few ambjeracks too.
On the Broad Minded I’ve made it out on a few daytime swordfish charters the past week. Last trip we tagged and released one small swordfish, a couple days before that we caught a double header swordfish, keeping one and tagging a smaller one, we also had a bonus blackfin tuna. Last weekend we had a trip with one keeper swordfish, and the other day we caught a big blue marlin! I’ve caught 3 blue marlin while swordfishing the last 11 years, but this one took the bait at almost 1500′! We thought we had a giant swordfish on, but after a 2.5 hour fight up came a worn out blue marlin. We usually release the occasional marlin we catch here, but since he didn’t look good we decided to bring it home to eat instead of feed it to the sharks. We also stopped on the way home for some deep dropping bottom fishing and put some barrelfish and rosefish in the boat.
Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you’re ready to book your Islamorada fishing charter and we’ll set it up. Don’t forget we have rooms available to stay in!
Capt. Nick Stanczyk