Had Frank and Mina, two regulars, out today in the backcountry fishing islamorada. We stuck in the channels back there as it was blowing hard 20mph out of the south. There aren’t many options in these types of conditions, but one that is good is islamorada backcountry shark fishing. We caught plenty of ladyfish, trout, jacks, and pompano – all fun rod benders and goot eating too if your into that. We saved the ladies for bait, one of my favorites for big sharks, sawfish, tarpon, or goliath groupers. We were able to stake up in an area where we kept having action on the light tackle while putting a cut ladyfish on the bottom for sharks, killing two birds with one stone. We even chummed a little, cutting many of the ladyfish to get things going. The sharks fishing in flamingo wasn’t too active as january is a tougher time to catch them in the backcountry, but with the warm south wind the water temps were not too bad. We had a few small blacktips bite that weren’t able to find the hook, but we ended up catching this nice 90 lb bull shark. We headed in after that as we only had a half day, but goes to show you there are always some fun options even when the wind is howling when you go florida keys shark fishing in january.
A lot of people come fishing for sharks in Islamorada. Now you can definitely catch sharks on a lot of different types of bait, but there’s a couple that we use a lot of on our Moster Shark Fishing Charters. One of the best shark baits around is a fresh barracuda. They smell terrible and sharks can’t resist them. We can’t always catch a fresh barracuda for every trip, but a lot of times we catch them on other trips and stick them in the freezer. It’s always nice to leave the dock on an Islamorada shark fishing trip with bait in the boat!
Had our good customer Jeff out today with Dave for some Shark Fishing in Islamorada in January. They fished the shallow waters on the Atlantic Side with live shrimp for bait. The tackle consisted of 15 lb braided line with 30 lb monofilament leader. They caught and released two bonnethead sharks, about 3′ in length in an hour and a half of fishing. Sharks can be caught all year long here on Florida Keys Shark Fishing Charters.
Winds were howling today 15-20mph out of the east, a common occurrence in the spring time but not so much this time of year. Luckily in our more comfortable 20′ seacraft it was not an issue. We went shark fishing in islamorada on the edge of the gulf of mexico. These are known as the ‘spanish mackerel grounds’ and in the winter time the action is hot and heavy. It is also a great place to catch big blacktip a.k.a spinner sharks. These brutes are pound for pound some of the toughest sharks there are to battle, they also jump and spin like a torpedo adding some excitement to the encounter. Blacktip shark fishing is usually best on the falling tide out here, and as today when they are biting it usually doesn’t take very long to hook into one. What we usually do is fish for the spanish macks which are one of the best shark baits there is. We then just cut them in half and put them out on heavy wire with a big hook and heavier spin or conventional tackle. January shark fishing Islamorada is going to be most productive in this area if your looking to go in the backcountry, these sharks also don’t mind the cooler water temps quite as much as the lemons, bulls, and others in the ‘glades. The black tips can get up to 80 or so lbs, and often you must chase them down as they can nearly spool you if your note careful and anchored up! We ended up catching two today, one of 55 lbs and this one which was likely close to 70. We also broke a couple others off and caught two big nurse sharks. Good action for this islamorada shark fishing report.
I got out today with some friends shark fishing in Islamorada for a couple hours. Since I was a young kid I always enjoyed fishing for sharks. We were fishing the flats this afternoon and caught half a dozen sharks, including 5 bonnet heads and 1 atlantic sharpnose shark. These aren’t giant sharks by any means, maybe 3′ was the biggest, but still a good fight on light 15 lb spinning tackle. We were using shrimp for bait. We also hooked what we believe was a big lemon shark, but we were a little under tackled to catch the big one and he dumped the reel before we locked up the drag and broke the leader. There’s always some action to be had while doing Islamorada Shark Fishing, so come give it a try soon!