The “humps” offshore of Islamorada have been holding some big sharks lately. We stopped by one of them last Sunday and made our first drift with a butterflied skipjack tuna. We didn’t get a bite and I was disappointed and a little shocked. Luckily I had my charter there to say “hey, that was only one try”. So we reset and drifted over the hump again. It didn’t take long this time and the 80 wide reel started ticking off. We feed the shark a few seconds and then put the boat in gear. The shark made a blistering run, dumping off a hundred yards of line line like nothing. We had a lady angler out for her birthday so she got in the chair. She had just seen shark week so she was very excited to see what she had on the end of her line. It was a 30 minute battle, back and forth, but eventually she worked the giant 350 lb dusky shark up next to the boat and we got a few quick pictures before releasing the big creature to fight another day. We fished yesterday as well for a couple hours before a big thunderstorm chased us in. We caught a small almaco jack on the hump and then rigged him up for shark bait. It didn’t take too long to get a bite, but unfortunately the shark broke us off after a few minutes. We didn’t get to see him but I know he was BIG! With the wind blowing 25 knots and the rain coming we had to cut it short that day, but I’ll be back out there soon! Email me if you’re interested in trying to catch sharks in the Islamorada!
A common shark caught off Islamorada at night time out in 1000′ to 2000′ of water is the cuban night shark. Occasionally we will catch them in the daytime, but deep down on the bottom compared to near the surface like at night. The other day we were out searching for swordfish, but since they weren’t biting, we tried a little shallower, only 1400′ down and sure enough we got a couple of shark bites! The first one was a big 125 lb cuban night shark, and the next drift we caught about a 70 lber. We had a lady angler from Texas who loved to catch anything that pulled, and these were her first night sharks. The florida keys shark fishing is always an option when you want something with big teeth and a big fight!
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!