Another Christmas has come and gone. Hopefully this was a great Holiday for everyone filled with laughter and good cheer. We were fortunate enough to have a special visitor drop in and see us for Christmas Eve this year. My sister Lisa came down from New York to have a warm Christmas in the sun. We had a great time fishing for Spanish macks in the Gulf of Mexico and sunning by the pool. We are very blessed to live here in Islamorada. It is truly an amazing and wonderful place to be. If you are down here on vacation this week, then good for you! Have a great time and enjoy some fantastic restaurants, and world-class fishing.
The Sailfishing is still off the charts. This has been one of the best seasons in many years. Many of Islamorada’s finest are still posting double digit days. Take a drive around town and look at all of the flags flying. From Smuggler’s Cove to Caloosa Cove everyone has been successful. Along with the great Sailfish bite, King mackerel are swarming on the wrecks and reef edge from Conch reef to Sombrero reef. All that is required is a livewell full of cigar minnows, which have been plentiful. The Kings have been running from 6-12 pounds on average but there have been some 30-45 pound fish mixed in too! A large Wahoo is always a possibility this time of year so high speed trolling or dragging around big live baits will produce a monstrous result. If bottom fishing is your desire then drop one of those cigar minnows down deep to the bottom on the reef edge and you may tangle with a Black Grouper or a nice Mutton Snapper. You can also add a deep rig to your spread easily while kite fishing for Sails. Drift out off the edge with a few kite lines, a few flat lines, and a deep rod and you may end up catching Sailfish, King Mackerel, Tuna, Dolphin, Snapper and Grouper all in the same trip. The fishing has been fantastic so get out and give it a try.
The Gulf of Mexico has been great for Spanish macks and Cobia. The Cobias are migrating through our waters now so look for them on all of your favorite debris piles and wrecks in the Gulf. The Spanish are thicker than ever so bring lots of bait and chum, and get ready for some sore arms! The forecast for this week looks great. We all have plenty of openings so head down to your favorite marina and get out on the water fishing this week. It is sure to be another Holiday season for the record books!