2008-11-08 – Islamorada Fishing Report

The Keys are alive! We have had some real fun days this week. The team started off with some gulf trips and as you heard on the voice reports the Cobia fishing was real good. I would say our largest cobia was about 50lbs! We lost a few more that might have been a little larger. We had our limits every day (two per man) and the fish ranged from 15lbs to 50lbs. The bait of choice was live pinfish and jigs tiped with shrimp.We also had some snook, redfish and plenty of Spanish mackerel so there was lots of action.

Out front in the ocean the sailfish and dolphin are plentifuls Some days were better than others but they always seem to find us. The dolphin in the front part of the week seemed to be all inshore, as shallow as 35ft. The last few days the current seemed to be more offshore, 300 to 400 ft and that’s where we found them. The sails, of course, are in 130 to 140 ft. Everthing has been on live bait ballyhoos and cigar minnows. The mackerals and snappers have all been in 130 to 270 ft. The water temps out front still seem real warm at 77 to 79 degrees .The water has been gin clear so that makes the reef fishing pretty tough. We are now waiting on the storm below us to, hopefully, stir things up even more.

Tight lines!
Capt. John Oughton

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