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Islamorada Fishing trip 22nd may

Hi All,

Been a member of these forums for some time now and always had great help when coming out to FL and been put on some great fish!

This years trip takes us to islamorada. We have rented a place on the water on lower matecumbe key bay side and have also rented a 20ft skiff for the week too.

We have just about as much camera equipment than fishing equipment and plan to make a short video on the trip which I'll be sure to post up on here and will post daily reports here.

We plan to fish the bridges and channels for Tarpon but were pretty keen to head into florida bay and maybe some nearshore reefs to catch some other stuff. Any tips when it comes to the back country and flats would be much appreciated and when it comes to the near shore reefs we wouldn't know where to start, so again any help on where to go, bait, rigs etc would be awesome!

If anyone wants to come out on the boat with us feel free to drop me a line, there is 3 of us fishing but i'm sure we could fit 4!

Rick

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  • rickdosrickdos Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    bump...

    Any help would be awesome! Not long now....yeewwwwww!
  • wahoo2wahoo2 Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    try calossa rocks grouper and snapper need gps to locate 0n calm days patch reefs
  • rickdosrickdos Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    Thanks man, really appreciated.
  • Chewdog2121Chewdog2121 Posts: 469 Officer
    Bottom spots, both Gulf side and Oceanside, are pretty well guarded secrets, and for a good reason. Staying where you guys are offers a multitude of options for you. If you venture out to the Oceanside, concentrate on any of the patch reefs you see in the 20-35 foot areas that have live bottom, live meaning good structure, bait fish, and any fish marking on the bottom. The deeper you can find spots such as this, say in the 35-90 foot areas, typically the bigger fish. The name of the game is anchoring on a spot, chumming heavy, and get lines in the water. The general rule of thumb is to fish the entire water column. Baits on the bottom, baits drifted back in the slick, and some surface baits. Mix your bait up with both live and chunk bait (cut squid, shrimp, cut ballyhoo, live ballyhoo, pilchards, pinfish etc.) I would recommend a Top Spot Map of the area, do a little research, pick out some spots, and give them a try. You always want good current if you are fishing with chum, carries farther, broadcasts your presence more. If you find an area that has little to no current, pull up and move to another area.

    On the bayside, again, a Top Spot Map and a good GPS is HIGHLY recommended, especially if you venture inside Florida Bay. If you stay on the outside of Florida Bay, and travel the intracoastal markers, you can find good action along many of the banks (Schooner, Sprigger, Oxfoot etc.) You can either anchor up and chum for snapper, trout, mackerel, occasional cobia, sharks, etc., or run into a Tarpon as well commuting through the area. Options are plenty, pick a few things to focus on, and don't spread yourself too thin. With the multitude of options down here, it's easy to spread yourself thin and run around with your head cut off trying to find fish. Keep it simple, and most importantly, have fun! Cheers, and hope you enjoy yourself.
  • rickdosrickdos Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    Bottom spots, both Gulf side and Oceanside, are pretty well guarded secrets, and for a good reason. Staying where you guys are offers a multitude of options for you. If you venture out to the Oceanside, concentrate on any of the patch reefs you see in the 20-35 foot areas that have live bottom, live meaning good structure, bait fish, and any fish marking on the bottom. The deeper you can find spots such as this, say in the 35-90 foot areas, typically the bigger fish. The name of the game is anchoring on a spot, chumming heavy, and get lines in the water. The general rule of thumb is to fish the entire water column. Baits on the bottom, baits drifted back in the slick, and some surface baits. Mix your bait up with both live and chunk bait (cut squid, shrimp, cut ballyhoo, live ballyhoo, pilchards, pinfish etc.) I would recommend a Top Spot Map of the area, do a little research, pick out some spots, and give them a try. You always want good current if you are fishing with chum, carries farther, broadcasts your presence more. If you find an area that has little to no current, pull up and move to another area.

    On the bayside, again, a Top Spot Map and a good GPS is HIGHLY recommended, especially if you venture inside Florida Bay. If you stay on the outside of Florida Bay, and travel the intracoastal markers, you can find good action along many of the banks (Schooner, Sprigger, Oxfoot etc.) You can either anchor up and chum for snapper, trout, mackerel, occasional cobia, sharks, etc., or run into a Tarpon as well commuting through the area. Options are plenty, pick a few things to focus on, and don't spread yourself too thin. With the multitude of options down here, it's easy to spread yourself thin and run around with your head cut off trying to find fish. Keep it simple, and most importantly, have fun! Cheers, and hope you enjoy yourself.

    Thanks for the help man! Great info and can't wait to get going!
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