The days are ticking towards the spring Islamorada Shark Fishing Charters, where it’s almost a guarantee you will have a shark bite if you put your time in. Yesterday I had Dave and Lacey out on the Bn’M for a Florida Keys shark trip and it was a fun day. We caught a bunch of different species, but the first one on the list was king mackerel. These mackerel make great shark bait since they are oily. Anyhow we went out to one of my favorite areas after catching a few king mackerel and sent down a few live baits to try for amberjack. These sharks also love eating amberjack, and since the amberjack spawn from March through May, it’s prime shark time! Unfortuantely out first few amberjack baits got bit of by barracuda, but then we finally hooked a double header and landed a pair of jack around 30 lbs a piece. After that I knew it was time to try for a shark. We rigged up some number 10 wire with a pair of 7/0 hooks and sent down a king mackerel. It didn’t take long to get a bite, maybe 5 minutes and we were hooked up 300′ down! After a 20 minute fight Dave had a 6′ , 125 lb sandbar shark boatside. We took a few pics and I shot a little underwater video. After getting a good look at our catch we released him to fight another day. If you want to go shark fishing in Islamorada, the next few months is prime time! Send me an email and let me know!
The spring time is almost here, and that means one thing. Sharks, BIG SHARKS, are on their way. Now is when you want to book your Islamorada Shark Trip. We went out to the Hump yesterday, which is a large underwater sea mountain that comes up from 500′ to 290′, spending a few hours there fishing. Now we didn’t catch any sharks there, but we did catch a couple amberjack, and they spawn here in the Spring Time, and the Humps is where sharks feast upon the amberjack in a feeding frenzy. We did catch a couple amberjack yesterday, including a fat 75 lber. After that we did some “deep dropping” , which is bottom fishing in 500′ of water, and caught the rare Cat Shark. This is the biggest one of these I have caught, probably 3 1/2 feet long. The Day before we stopped at the hump for a few minutes and sent down a bonito for shark bait, and had a couple bites, but they appeared to be small sharks because we couldn’t hook them and got most the bait back each time. In another couple weeks we should be battling the sharks over the amberjack as we catch them on the hump. And if Shark Fishing in Islamorada interests you, the Spring time is when you want to try to get those big tigers, bulls, and hammerheads. When you use a 40 lb amberjack for bait, you know it’s going to be a big creature that eats it.
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!