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Mangrove Fishing in Islamorada

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On: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 9:24AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

According to recent fishing reports from the Keys, the mangrove snapper fishing is at its peak right now. The waters around Islamoradora Island in the Florida Keys are perfect for fishing right now and reportedly unaffected by the BP oil spill.

Daytime fishing is optimal right now, but in another three weeks you won’t be bringing home such a great catch during the daylight. Night time bite is gearing up, however, and should be in prime season within the next week or so.

Anglers are fishing shallow patch reefs no deeper than 25 feet and reporting that the fish are so prevalent that they are actually swimming right up to the surface when they take the bait. You could easily target these fish with a fly rod if you wanted to! Not too many people can say they ever caught a snapper in fly!

Yellowtails are reportedly biting like crazy in the Islamorada Island area, as well, although the mangroves are easier to catch, and better eating. Also mangrove snappers are more fun to catch as they give more of a fight. If you are boating with a group, you will be able to catch all the way around the boat instead of only on the back (as with the yellowfin)which makesfishing muchmore fun for the group.

Short groupers are being caught which is typical of the summer time. Snappers are on and groupers are off. The sizable groupers are being caught only at night with the full moon in deep water, 95 foot or so right now.

As for the offshore scene, many dolphin (mahi-mahi) are being caught. Tuna are biting too, as well as the occasional wahoo.

The night bite for yellowtails and mangroves will stay hot for another two months, with the next four weeks or so being the bestIn the patch reefs wherethey are being caught up to a pound and a half per catch, butout on the wrecks they are even more prevalent; fishing boats report catching up to 4 lbs in a catch on a consistent basis. On the bottom are lane snappers, muttons, and porgies. It’s advisable to use a spinning rod with 10 to 20 pound test MONO on it and a small jig from 1/32 ounce to 1/8 ounce. Happy fishing!

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