What a difference a week makes! The fishing has made a big
comeback. It started out with a nice color chancre between the Caloosa can
and Tennessee reef. Sailfish and dolphin were tailing down the edge as well as
“showering” bait in close. The ALL LIT UP from Bud & Mary’s reported
several shots with sails and some fish hooked up and released. I had six shots
at the critters without a hook-up. We sure had a good time watching them
chase ballyhoo right at the transom! Capt. Alex Adler from the KALEX tipped
me off to the “hotspor. When you get some advice from one of the best
fishermen alive, you listen. Thanks again Alex. Alex can be found at Bud &
Mary’s marina. If you can get a chance to fish with him, TAKE IT!! He won’t
, let you down!
Brian Cone of the CONTAGIOUS from Robbies marina was at it
again with a great catch of dolphin from 12-35 pounds. Brian said that if you
can fmd an edge you will find the fish. Look for something in 250-350 feet of
water. He also said that the warming water brought about a great yellowtail
snapper bite. Brian continues to bring ’em back to the dock day after day.
Once again he can be found down at Robbies marina mm77.5.
Capt. J.R. Rudzin of the CAPT JR out of Holiday Isle called me this
week and told me a great fish story. He said that he had found a nice edge in
310 feet of water and filled his box with big dolphin. He said that every mahi
had to be gaffed to bring them into the boat! He remarked that it was like “old
times”. Maybe the 20 inch minimum length is starting to pay off? Too bad I
was doing a little scheduled maintenance. I turned green with envy after hearing
There are still some nice black grouper on the edge of the reef. I
caught a 40 pound monster this week in 140 feet of water. The kudos go to
Dan my mate and angler Josh for muscleing the leviathin out after getting
“rocked-up” twice during the battle. He ate a cigar minnow. This proves the
addage “elephants eat peanuts”!
It is april now and the amberjacks are here again in force! Capt. Z
from the HOOKED-UP and mate Dan Flynn caught 5 of the “reef donkeys”
from 40-65 pounds. These guys are AJ freaks They love to catch the real
big ones. Earlier this year I helped Dan lift a 98.6 pounder to the scale. They
are going to get that world record some day! Capt Z also caught 26 feather
tunas on the same outing. You can find Capt Z and the HOOKED-UP at
Wor ld Wide Sportsman marina.
Many of the worlds best captains and guides call Islarnorada home.
Get down to a local marina, fmd one, and go fishing! !
The primary concern should be safety. I spent most of my childhood fishing 2 or 3 days a week on different charter boats all over the country with my father. We went on some good ones and unfortunately, some bad ones too. My dad always said that the Captain owed us a safe trip out and back to the dock and... read more