Islamorada Fishing Report – January 25, 2011

So Snowbirds, it seems you have had enough as the phone has been ringing off the hook! Well, stop and get down here as the fishing is GREAT! Both the “Pretty Work” and “That’s Right” had a fabulous week of fishing, which has helped with the big groups we have been taking out on “That’s Right”. The Sailfish are still biting; no big numbers but steady enough to catch a handful every day. Ballyhoo and Sardines have been the bait of choice as of late.   We save the Cigar minnows for the King Mackerels, which by the way are IN and eating everything we throw at them. The fish are ranging from 8 to 12 pounds and have been very hungry; limits have been no problem!  During the week we enjoyed some outstanding Cobia fishing, they have been pouring down the reef edge for about two weeks now showing up in pretty large schools too.  There were a couple of times where there were as many as 80 fish on one ray. These are some big fish too ranging between 25 to 80 pounds.  Now that’s a LUNKER!  The best bait for us here in Islamorada is the live Grunt.  They are slow and meaty and the Cobias just love them.  Captain Clyde had a few Wahoo hooked up while Sailfishing but they came unglued.  Bummer!  They bit right through a #4 wire!  We do expect to see a pretty good showing of the Wahoos on the Moon in February, I can’t wait.

Islamorada yellowtail

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Islamorada kingfish
Over the weekend we had another big group in from Baltimore.  Sixteen guys that absolutely tore it up!  They had their limits with the Kings and did rather well with some real nice Yellowtails up to four pounds.  It was tough going with the Tails due to so many Kings.  They wouldn’t let us get to the bait; that’s how thick these fish have been and the best part is that it’s just starting!  The guys even got to enjoy catching a few Groupers that we had to let go, but real good action nonetheless.  The guys were using a lot of plugs, both Rapala’s and Gotcha‘s and those poor plugs looked like something out of the trash once the Kings had their way with them; great stuff! Needless to say the Cigar minnows were gobbled down like little gumdrops.  We are looking forward to another full week of super fishing.

On a final note, thanks to those I saw this weekend in Virginia Beach.   The Seminar with George Poveromo was great and hopefully I will see some of you this coming weekend in Atlantic City, NJ  for the  Seminar with Captain Adam and the Canyon Runner crew.  Should be a great show! Stay warm!

Captain John Oughton


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