The “humps” have been very active the last week here off the Florida Keys. There’s been lots of blackfin and skipjack tuna, which means the sharks aren’t far behind! We stopped by one of the Humps the other day and we hooked 10 tunas, but were only able to get 3 in because the sharks were eating them faster than we could bring them in. Since we did catch a few tuna, I rigged up our shark rod and put a live skipjack out for bait. It only took 60 seconds to get a bite, and after a 20 minute fight we had a 7′ long, 200 lb silky shark next to the boat. After a few pictures we released the fish. It was Paul’s goal to catch a fish over 100 lbs in his lifetime, and the shark was the ticket! His wife Melissa was up next, and at 105 lbs she was in for a battle. We put out another skipjack tuna, and within minutes she was hooked up to a monster. After a 30 minute tug of war, she had a 9′ long , 300 lb dusky shark boat side! She was exhausted but ecstatic! We took a few pics and released the shark to fight another day. If you’re looking for some monster shark fishing send me an email and we’ll give it our best shot!
Aboard the Bn’M I started out this morning heading to one of the humps offshore of Islamorada. There’s been some tuna around and whenever that’s the case there’s always a shot at a shark. We got to the hump and caught a few tuna right away. We put out one live tuna for shark bait and then one dead one and started drifting. After about 10 minutes we got a bite. We hooked up about a 100 lb hammerhead and 14 year old Garrett got in the Chair. We had a second bite we missed while battling his, but after a 15 minute fight we had his shark boat side and released it after a few quick pics. Later on in the afternoon we went swordfishing, and about 3 p.m. we hooked a mako shark down about 1200′! After a 20 minute fight and some great pics we released an estimated 175 lb mako shark. That was the first mako I have caught in 7 years, and my second ever! There should still be some shark around the next few months so let us know when you want to try to get out there for some Shark Fishing in the Florida Keys!
Here’s a video of a pair of tiger sharks we caught and released in May 2012. I just had the same anglers here again this May 2013, and we caught a little bit of everything, including a 200 lb hammerhead and a 400 lb goliath grouper! Book Released.
Well the Michigan Men came back down on 4-20-13 for a shot at a monster shark! And they were glad they did. We started out the day by catching live blue running for amberjack bait. Then we caught a few amberjacks up to 50 lbs for shark bait. After that it was out to the deep water and we set up a drift with two rods for giant florida keys sharks! It didn’t take long to get a bite, maybe 10 minutes and we were hooked up. It was a 45 minute battle but then we caught and released an estimated 500 + lb tiger shark! They were thrilled! We kept islamorada shark fishing but no more luck out deep. We then decided to head back towards the reef and try for some other smaller sharks. We hooked up a bull shark out first drift near a wreck, but unfortunately pulled the hook about 20 feet away. We didn’t give up though and after another hour of fishing we caught and released a healthy bull shark pushing 200 lbs! The day came to an end after that but everyone was happy and they got to see “jaws”. Shark fishing in the Florida Keys is best in the Spring time for the giants, but there’s always a few around all year! Email me to book a shark fishing charter aboard the Bn’M!
It’s been a red hot shark bite off Islamorada the past 10 days. I have done three florida keys shark trips and have had great luck and success on each adventure! Yesterday on the 17th we started out the day by catching a few amberjack in the 25 – 40 lb range. These fish alone fight really hard, but we just wanted them for bait for the monster sharks we were going to chase afterwards. After catching our bait we ran out a little further offshore, and started drifting. On the very first drift we hooked about a 400 lb tiger shark. Jon was fighting that fish in the chair for about 20 minutes when all of a sudden an 8 foot 250 lb hammerhead shark swam up to the boat. We hooked on another bait and threw it in the water. In mere seconds the hammerhead gobbled up the bait and we had a double header of big sharks on! Jon released his tiger after about a 45 minute fight, and then his 12 year old son Reef got in the chair with his hammerhead shark. After about 30 minutes he released the hammerhead! The day was still early so we set back up and drifted again. This time we missed a shark bite. We continued to drift and sure enough we had two rods out and they both got slammed! Jon caught and released about a 200 lb brown shark and Reef was hooked up to a giant. After an hour he had an estimated 700 lb tiger shark boat side! What a day of Islamorada Shark Fishing! We finished up the day by catching a couple more amberjacks. A few days before that we had a couple down and Ray always wanted to catch a shark. We did the usual routine and caught a few amberjack first for bait and then started shark fishing. After an hour of fishing we hooked up and Ray caught and released the biggest fish of his life! An estimated 500 lb tiger shark! His wife was in the chair next, and I told them I wasn’t sure if we would have another shot, but sure enough the lady luck worked and within 45 minutes she was hooked up! After about a 40 minute fight she brought a 500 lb tiger shark boat side for a few pics before being released as well. I had one other shark trip a few days before that with a couple guys down from New York. We managed a tiger shark release for each of them, about 400 and 500 lbs, as well as a handful of amberjack. April Shark fishing in Islamorada is some of the most exciting stuff we have to offer here! There’s no guarantee you’ll catch a monster, but you have a really good shot with us aboard the Bn’M! Email me if interested in a shark charter!