Captain Ron Howell
With the Winter season in full swing we are catching a variety of fish inshore and around the Gulf. Inshore, the snook and redfish are working the edges of the mangroves following the schools of bait traveling. Live bait or a well placed artificial bait will work perfect to get hooked up. Near the Gulf we are finding tripletail around the crab buoys and landing them with a live shrimp. The cobia are sight fished just like the tripletail and both make for excellent table fare. Black drum and permit can be caught off the wrecks and deep channels of the FL Bay. I have done a few offshore trips where we are catching snapper and grouper. Grouper season ends this month, so lets get your trip booked to get a few in the cooler! Happy Holidays!
Captain Ron Howell
The winter fishery is in full swing! There is plenty of bait in the area to keep the rods bent for customers! I have been running several Florida Bay (Gulf of Mexico) charters and inshore reef trips. In the Gulf we can find Spanish Mackerel, permit, jack crevalle and sharks. The Spanish Mackerel are responding to chum and hitting jigs tipped with shrimp. Last week we caught a few nice cobia and tripletail also. The tripletail tend to hang out by the stone crab traps - the older the trap, the better! In the mornings there is a great snook and mangrove snapper bite. Just before lunch we switch over to fish near Cape Sabal for tarpon in the 20-50lb range, snook and trout. Redfish are laying low in the channels and runoffs staying warm and can be caught with a live bait or well placd soft plastic bait.
The highlight of the month has been the 50+ lb permit we caught in the Florida Bay off of a wreck! Photo coming soon.
Let's get you hooked up this winter.
Captain Ron Howell
We have been hooking up to a steady number of tarpon in the area as well as filling up the coolers with mangrove snapper. In Everglades National Park we have found some juvienile tarpon 10 to 30lbs, snook tucked under the mangroves and snook also on the flats in sand beds. Redfish and trout bite has been excellent.
-Capt. Ron Howell
We are still continuing to catch plenty of big Spanish mackerel in the Gulf along with a ton of mangrove snapper, jacks and grouper! The grouper are not in season but make a great fight! In Cape Sabal, located in Everglades National Park we are catching black drum, trout and snook. We caught a really nice snook in East Cape, also in the park using live pilchards and pinfish. In Flamingo, we caught a nice snook too.
There have been large schools of sheepshead in the flats along with tailing redfish. For the sheepshead we are using a live shrimp, they usually will not eat a soft plastic jerk bait. A lot of sharks around, make for a fun fight with clients.
It's still early for tarpon season but that doesn't mean they aren't around - we can find them at a falling tide in the channels with live mullet or by resting a dead ladyfish at the bottom.
Book a trip by calling: 305-896-1507.
Captain Ron Howell
Last week Fred & Jane from London joined me for a day of fishing. They caught snook, redfish, snapper, trout and mackerel. Their targeted species was shark. Here in Islamorada the most common sharks we find blacktips and spinners. They are very aggressive and a true gamefish! When they strike at the bait is explosive usually sending them high in the air. The strike is followed by long fast runs and punctuated by spinning leaps that rival any tarpon or billfish. One day we fought 9 in a row before we could land one. The bonus with gamsters is they are great to eat. We also caught a couple lemon sharks. Fred and Jane were a lot of fun to have on the boat and I look forward to seeing them next year.
I also fished Paul & Dave - we caught trout, snook, black drum and snapper. We scouted out for tripletail - found 2 and were able to get 1 to the boat. They are fun to sight fish, provide an excellent fight and even jump! One of my favorite fish to eat as well.
Towards the end of the week, Tom and his son Brett fished with me. Brett caught a beautiful pompano and his dad caught his first snook measuring in at 33 inches. We have a new week ahead so please check back for the latest fishing reports in Islamorada!
Aerial view of lemon sharks.
November Fishing Report (so far): We have some huge Spanish Mackerel in the Gulf right now along with Redfish and Trout near by. Off of the markers we have been catching Mangrove Snapper and Cobia. The Snook are still around, tucked up under the mangroves waiting for a passing bait. Offshore the Sailfish are SWARMING!!! The bite is HOT!! It's been calm enough to sight fish for them, which is awesome.
I had the chance to take a few customers to the fresh water side of the Everglades National Park where we caught a ton of small to medium sized Peascock Bass, Oscars and Largemouth Bass up to 6lbs.
I am booked through Sunday so check back at the beginning of the week for a new report. If you are interested in booking a trip, I would love to get you out there inshore or offshore.
Give me a call 305-896-1507.
Thanks, Captain Ron
The mullet run is in full swing here in the Keys. There is a lot of action on the water. This week so far we have caught large Spanish mackerel, redfish, tarpon, snook and a 200lb bull shark!
Ready to go fishing? www.captronhowellfishing.com
It will be in the low 80's the next few days. The cool front feels great. With the wind, it's going to be best to stay close to the mangrove shorelines to target snook and traveling redfish. Have a great week everyone. Looking forward to sharing more updates through the week.
While Everglades National Park has remained closed, we are still catching plenty of fish here in Islamorada, FL. We anticipate the park re-opening by this Friday. This week on one trip we easily caught over 100 fish just outside of the park boundaries in the Gulf. Species included huge Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, cobia, tripletail, jack crevalle, and blue runners. We also caught several sharks in the 10 to 25 lb range. There have been big schools of mullet traveling down this way during the fall mullet run. Morning, depending on the tide will be the best time to target tarpon.
Some of the best fishing to be had in the Florida Keys no matter what season we are in lies within swimming distance of the shore, it's what we call Patch Reef fishing. In minutes you'll be on top of mutton snapper, yellowtail, grouper, mackerel and other fun fighting, good tasting fish.
Once the park opens back up, I am looking forward to getting clients hooked up to the redfish, snook and trout action in the backcountry.
Give me a call to book your next fishing trip!
Captain Ron Howell
The bait runs have started down the east coast, lots of pilchard and finger mullet are showing up in Florida Bay and with them the snook, redfish and tarpon are right behind! Being that snook season has finally opened for us, we've been focusing are attention on them. They are rascally rabbits! Hard strikes followed by hard lunges toward the cover they're usually found in. Tight casts along the deadfall and mangrove roots in the creeks and passes are usually the ticket. A keeper snook, one between 28 and 32 inches is highly prized for its tasty fillets. I've been catching lots of medium size tarpon too! They are unbelievably fun the acrobatic fight is the best and these size fish can be caught on light tackle, and don't wear you out like the bigger version! Redfish are showing in the sloughs in snake bite back in Flamingo. Out on the reef snapper and various jacks have been plentiful. Next month the stone crab traps will get dunked and tripletail fishing will be in full swing, We've all ready started catching fish floating the tides in the passes! Hope to see you soon, don't hesitate to call. I'm happy to answer any questions. 305-896-1507.
Check back frequently for the latest Islamorada fishing reports.