Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  Things have started to heat up this week down here, and I don’t mean just the sun.  It is unseasonably hot for the middle of November, but the fish are still biting!  He weather this week has been incredible, and looks like it will stay nice until Saturday or Saturday night.  There is a chance for some rain this weekend, but the winds are forecast to pick up Saturday evening, and carry on into next week.  I can’t see far enough in the forecast when it will end, but hopefully it isn’t too bad for too long.  The bait this week has been excellent with plenty of Cigar Minnows, Ballyhoo, Pilchards, and even a few Sardines.  The fish have been happy this week, and there were even some Sailfish that stumbled their way into our area believe it or not!  Last November was excellent, and this November has been slow on the Sailfish scent, but great for Dolphin.  This just might be the longest Dolphin season in the history of the Florida Keys….no joke!  They are definitely starting to thin in numbers, but to be able to go out and catch plenty for a few dinners, in November, is pretty nice.  Having said that, there are a few Tunas around on the humps, but the majority of them it appears have moved in on the deep reef, so I would have to say the offshore bite is within a few weeks of being over, at best.  The Sword Ledge produced nicely this week with a few boats catching 3-6 fish per day, but haven’t heard of much over 80 pounds or so.   A lot of little guys out there that are being released healthy, so I am never upset when I see the little ones because you gotta have kindergartener’s in order to have some college graduates if you know what I mean.  

The reef and wrecks remain consistent, and the Yellowtail bite is as good as it gets since the Commercial Yellowtail closure.  We are allowed to fish for them on charters and recreationally, using the recreational limits, and the fish have been incredibly hungry.  The sharks are back in pretty good numbers too, so I suppose we can contribute this to the water temperature as it is nearly 82 degrees still.  The wrecks and deeper live bottom are still producing nice Muttons and Groupers, as well as some really nice King Mackerel, Amberjacks, Bonita, and even a few African Pompano.  A few Wahoo were caught this week with the calmer weather, and this fishery is just beginning and will get much better in the next month or two.  

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 http://ift.tt/1IWINNW out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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