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Headed to Islamorada for the WEEK!!!

RyanRyan PSLPosts: 61 Deckhand
Good evening!  Looking to kill it on some yellowtail while we are down in Islamorada for the week.  Definitely going to head to the humps if the weather lets us.  Any info is greatly appreciated on some yellowtail spots.  PM me if you don’t want to share with everyone.  I fish out of Saint Lucie and will share info.  Thanks to anyone that wants to help! 


  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 1,047 Officer
    edited June 2021 #2
    Ryan - You might post on a different forum, Keys General Fishing, as this is mainly where you are from, The Treasure Coast.
  • watergatorwatergator Fort Pierce Posts: 197 Deckhand
    I don’t have any numbers off of islamorada to share, but here’s my standard methods. 

    Lots of chum and find a spot with a good showing of fish on your sounder. Your charts will show some areas to look with tight contour lines and points to start your search. Anchor up current of that and drop your chum in a large mesh bag or a milk crate with pool noodles ziptied around it. I like to also mix in some frozen glass minnows or dice up pilchards or sardines to get the bigger tails and mangroves fired up. 

    Some 1/16 or 1/32 oz jigs on 10 or 12lb fluorocarbon leader to drift cut shrimp, squid, or fish back in the chum is best. Have some 15 or 20lb and some splitshots to size up if needed. Some people like to start with the larger leader but I prefer to not be wondering if the fish are there. 

    At the same time, drop down a large cut or live bait (you should have ballyhoo in your chum if you’re in the right area) to the bottom with a long 30-60lb leader for grouper and muttons. 

    Also a live ballyhoo on a stinger rig way back will get a mackerel, mahi, sailfish, cuda, or occasionally a mondo yellowtail will decide it looks tasty.

    Hopefully that will get you started and you’ll be able to modify and get yourself the rest of the way there. The same methods work on the shallow patch reefs but expect more small and trash fish that way. 
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