Islamorada Sea Horse Deep Sea Fishing Report
Great fishing for Large Amberjack, Black fin Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, and bill fish in the Islamorada area from the reefs to the deep blue waters way offshore. With so many different species of fish in the nearby Gulf Stream waters anglers around here have the opportunities for great sport fishing all summer. Trolling with lures, dead, and live bait have been producing great fishing memories for the professional fishing fleet and visiting anglers.
Trolling for Black Fin Tunas on the Hump has always been a local favorite for close steady action. When trolling for tuna is very important to have one or more lines way back in your trolling pattern. Way back is normally 100 feet or more. This technique at first may sounds a little radical; however lures set in this manner are far from the noise of your boat and boat wash. The appearance of naturally swimming bait in the water is achieved this way. Even though there are times the lures closest to the boat get bit, you will find the majority of fish caught will eat the lures that are set way back.
Amberjacks (AJ’s) on the hump are a sure way to calm down the most restless of anglers. One battle with an AJ on the hump will normally relieve an angler of their stress. It is not uncommon for anglers to crawl in a corner and take break quit break after a long back breaking fight with Mr. AJ. Most of the bigger AJ’s can be caught on live Speedo’s, Blue Runners, Cigar Minnows, and Pinfish. There are other baits and lures like Jigs, jigging spoons that will get you bites. But for a sure fire big bit take the time to catch some Blue Runners they truly work well.
Mahi/Dolphin are really coming through the Islamorada area now. The average fish lately have been larger than previous months. The Mahi are moving into the current most of the time in smaller schools. Most of these fish will eat lures and junks of cut Bonita; however many anglers have reported great success using live pilchards, and cigar minnows. Mahi are still located around weed lines, current edges, floating debris, and low flying birds.
Wahoo’s have been caught trolling Billy bait lures around isolated floating debris. It is a amazing how anglers can catch many Wahoos around one small floating piece of debris. One boat landed 11 Wahoos from 10 to 40 pounds by trolling lures around 10 miles an hour. Wahoos can be caught by repeat ably trolling lures near and around a floating object. Sometimes a half mile or more away from the debris you will get bit. It is worth trolling past an object more than once if the possibility is there to hook up.