Islamorada Sea Horse Sport Fishing Report
May has been outstanding for large numbers of Dolphin AKA ( Mahi Mahi ). The average size Mahi has been much larger than last year. So far schooling size Mahi have been well over 20 inches at the fork, the legal size to keep in Atlantic waters off shore of Florida. Traditional methods of finding Mahi around floating debris, weed-lines, current edges, under flying birds, or under another angler’s boat are still effective. The method of using other angler’s boats to find fish is popular and legal; however you won’t make many friends doing so. I observe this tactic called, (Mugging) often during weekends and holidays. Mugging is the easiest way for inexperienced anglers to find Mahi in the Gulf Stream. This usually will upset the anglers that are mugged and they have every right to be upset. If you can’t find your own fish maybe you should learn to find your own. One effective method in learning how to find fish is to learn from an experienced Captain. There are many Captains for hire that will go out on your boat and teach you how to fish the Florida waters. Another way is to charter a professional Charter Boat with an experienced crew. These guys will teach you in one outing what would normally take a lifetime to learn. Many Captains and Mates are eager to teach customers what methods work in their area. The money you spend on a charter will help them continue to be available in the future The knowledge you gain will increase the level of respect for those that have spent their live on the water helping people have fun productive days on the water.
June looks good for Black fin Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, and Bill fish. The Gulf Stream has been cranking out enormous areas of Sargasso weed. If this continues through the summer fishing will continue to be great. The weed holds large amounts of small fish that Mahi and other sport-fish love to eat. Food chains in open water revolve around floating Sargasso weed, and floating debris. The nice thing about fishing Islamorada is our close proximity to area reefs, and deep water in the Gulfstream. These reasons are why fishing here is always very good.
Capt Rick Rodriguez