As we are now getting into February this is the time we start thinking about catching the ‘big boys’ again. When temperatures warm up and the water gets in that mid 70 degree range, everything from big sharks, sawfish, goliath grouper, and tarpon get nice and happy and start to make their presences known here in Islamorada. If things stay cold it isn’t always good but usually we start having stretches of warm weather and this is the time it starts, as we get into March and April it will be much more consistent. Today we caught two big goliath groupers, one was 150 lbs! Then we landed this beast of a tiger shark that was 300+ lbs! All on medium 30 lbs spinning gear… what a battle! Here is a video clip of the tiger shark.
Well the weather is still fairly warm though we are suppose to get some cold sunday night. Not terribly cold but will likely change things up a little for a few days. Today we caught mackerels and did some shark fishing for the last couple hours of the day. It was pretty good we found a bunch of tarpon rolling in a channel though we had no bites out of them. But we caught a big blacktip and two monster bull sharks about 150 and 200 lbs! What a battle on the spinning gear! Anyways if it warms back up again we will likely have an early spring and that means big stuff… tarpon, sharks, sawfish, goliath grouper! This winter has been warm so far so it wouldn’t surprise me if we get rolling steady with the big critters again after this little cold front.
The big blacktips are on the feed now here in the backcountry of Islamorada. We’ve had action with them especially on the falling tides in the gulf. It’s been a very warm winter so other sharks such as lemons and bulls can be caught in the backcountry channels and bays too. Today we were out mackerel fishing in the gulf and we hooked up this big tiger shark! It was definitely a treat for my angler who really wanted to catch a shark. We were lucky as we only had one other shark bite on our half day trip, and that was a large blacktip that broke us off instantly. But the tiger we got up to the boat and got some nice pictures. We also caught plenty of mackerel. Anyways if the weather patterns hold we should have good shark action throughout the winter and Spring is always a great time for shark fishing. Plus you get plenty of tarpon around then too!
Big sharks are around. We caught some big boys out in the gulf today. We’ve been getting plenty of blacktips and lemons in the backcountry fishing for tarpon as well. But today we had big 300 lbers on the line. They were ferocious! Here’s a picture of one that actually ate a smaller shark. We were fighting it and the bigger bull shark grabbed it and took us for a ride. We landed the shark only to notice that it wasn’t even hooked – it was just holding on to the smaller shark in its jaws and would not let go. As soon as we snapped a few pictures, it ate the rest of the shark! Big monsters like these are caught regularly on the ‘gulf wrecks’ along with plenty of other great sharks in the backcountry of the florida keys. This time of year there are plenty of tarpon around too, plus big giant ‘sawfish’ and goliath groupers on the wrecks as well. It’s the time of year to catch something BIG!