Offshore Fishing Report for Florida Keys November 16, 2014

Iphone Pictures 1251The weather has been great  the last few days  while fishing in Islamorada.The month of November has given the Florida Keys our first strong cold fronts of the year. We really had a mixed bag of fish the last week or so here while offshore fishing in Islamorada. The hotest action in the Keys has been on the reef and wrecks. The bottom fishing has been very good on both the patch reefs (shallow reef areas in 15′ – 30′ of water) and the main reef line in 45 – 90′ of water. The yellowtail snapper bite has been on fire, with all  kinds of fish being caught. Some are just keepers in the 12 – 14” range, but there some some nicer ones on the live pilchards in the 16″ – 22″ range as well. The grouper bite has been fair, but I think it they will turn around in the weeks to come. The last 2 days we saw some sailfish caught amongst the boats as well. They are all catch and release, but multiple boats released sails each day, and some had a couple releases. The sailfish bite should only get better and more consistent each week as we get into our winter patterns. The mahi have thinned out the last few days, but there’s still a couple here and there. A couple wahoo have been showing up in addtion to the king mackerel. I haven’t had any tuna reports form the Humps further offshore, but the boats have still been picking away at a few on the wrecks and just outside the reef. The Cobia fishing should also start in the next few weeks and these great eating fish can get up,to 60 lbs in the Florida Keys It looks windy the next few days, but fishing on the reef and patch reefs is definitely do able. Give us a call when you’re ready to come fishing in Islamorada.

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