Islamorada Sea Horse off-shore Fishing Report: Black Fin Tunas have been saving the day lately. The Islamorada Hump has been producing outstanding Tuna catches. A mixed bag has not been unusual many boats have caught Sailfish at the Hump and Wahoo. It has been the place to catch fish lately more so than any other area off Islamorada. The Mahi fishing has been Hot or Cold each day has been different. Looking for a magical floating piece of debris has been the solution to catching Mahi lately more than weed lines, and Birds. Further off shore some of the other charter boats have had success catching swordfish. These fish have been caught near the bottom almost thirty miles off shore. The preferred bait has been medium size whole squid.

Offshore Forecast for Islamorada: More of the same until the water temperature begins to change. The change to cooler water should begin in October; however we won’t know for sure until it happens. The black Fin Tunas should continue to increase in size as we get closer to October like previous years. Live bait or trolling feather like lures will probably continue to be the two most productive methods for catching tunas. Some anglers have great success jigging them up with butterfly jigs. One issue with jigging is that it is exhausting working for the bites. The reef fishing has been very good and will probably continue to be very good for Yellow Tail, Grouper, and other fish. Lots of chum, oat balls, and light line presentation more than likely will help produce some outstanding catches.