Fall fishing in Islamorada 2017

9-1

Tuna are here in full force.

Islamorada fall fishing blackfin tuna

9-2

We had a great day today fishing tuna. The tuna were biting well and we ended up with 3 large blackfin tuna. A little further offshore we found 2 dolphin schools and limited out for the day.

9-6

I had a couple from Tampa out today. They worked together to land a 29lb blackfin on 15lb tackle. We found at pallet loaded with dolphin and got our limit in a few minutes.

We survived Irma and are out fishing again.

Hello Buzz On family and friends.
Just want to give you all a little update after Hurricane Irma. Things will be different in the Keys for a while, although we will survive it will take some rebuilding. We were one of the lucky ones who made out with very little damage, just lots of clean up. The Ol Girl is resting behind my house and will receive lots of love and work to help provide us with some more lasting memories in the upcoming year.
For those of you thinking of fishing with us this year I would like to give you a heads up. Ocean side of Islamorada was hit really hard with a storm surge and wind damage. Leaving the three largest resorts closed for the next six months to a year for rebuilding. The Islander and The Post Card Inn have announced they will be closed for at least a year and Cheeca Lodge will be closed for the next six months. The Islander bayside will be open for the season. I would suggest planning ahead this upcoming year. There are other options and a lot of resorts will be open. I would be happy to help you with any suggestions, just give me a call or an email.
Bud N Mary’s is planning on being open for business in a couple months if all goes well. Keep in mind they do have several rooms to rent as well, there are house boats and the beach house.
We can not tell you in words how much we appreciate your business and support over the years. I have become friends with many of my customers and you all have showed us much needed support in your thoughts and prayers and help along the way. This will be a trying year for everyone in the Keys, but I know we will all bounce back – We always do!

10-9

First trip since Irma Had a great group today and started out fishing the reef. We caught some yellowtail snappers and a couple of kingfish.

Moved a little further out into deeper water and picked up some mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snappers and a red grouper.

Got a message that there were mahi 14 miles offshore and headed there. We very quickly added a few dolphin to our catch for an excellent day of fishing.

10-11

Very windy today, but we were able to fish in spite of how rough it was. We got a nice catch of snappers and mackerel.

Islamorada fall fishing snappers

 

10-16

The past week has been great. We caught Mahi, cobia, a bunch of yellowtail snapper, mackerels, mangrove snappers, red groupers and assorted other fish. The action was non stop.

11-6

Back at it. The boat is back at Bud and Marys. Perfect weather and great fishing for snappers, sailfish, kingfish and many other fish.

11-8

We anchored up on the reef today and had some great action. A lot of yellowtail snapper, a nice red grouper, some kingfish and a few mutton snappers.

11-13

We had 2 trips this weekend, one with a Navy veteran. The weather was blowing hard this weekend so we fished bottom structure in various spots. We were able to keep everyone busy catching dinner and some left over for the freezer.

 

 

Fishing in the keys is still very good after the storm however business is definitely slowed down significantly. Even though a few major resorts are closed for repairs there are lots of choices for places to stay as well as to eat and drink. If you would like to go fishing and need help finding a good place to stay while down here we would be happy to help you find what your looking for.

Islamorada Fishing report for October 2017

Fishing report for October 2017.

     Hello my friends we survived hurricane Irma that !@#*%!! can kiss our you know what.  We tied the boat up behind our house and even thou she rested on bottom for a little bit she received no damage other than heavy wind and a few tree limbs.

  I know lots of people are concentrating on all the negative situations down here about the hurricane however there are a lot of positives.  The entire fleet of charter boats survived with little to no damage, the one boat that didn’t survive didn’t make the necessary arrangements that all the other boats did. 

Bud n Mary’s our home marina took a good hit but they are moving along with clean up and repairs very fast.   Actually there was a charter ran out of there yesterday.  Most of there rooms are good and the house boats survived.  The wood docks are destroyed but that will be rebuilt and in good condition probably before December.  

     As far as fishing goes there have been a few boats out there since the Hurricane and there reports have been good. 

We fished up to Sept. 5th just before the hurricane. The mahi mahi were still biting very well and right on cue for September and October the large Black Fin Tuna’s started to show up.  Actually our last trip we landed a 29.3lb tuna after a 30 minute battle on light spinning tackle. 

The trip before that we caught three over 25lbs it was great. Black Fins do not get much larger than that, but i can guarantee you on light 15-20lb tackle thats one hell of a fight.

This past summer by far has been one of the best for the Mahi Mahi i have seen in a long time.  It was a blessing after the struggle last year.

With October here that means winter is right around the corner which means we will be back to fishing the reef edge chasing down Sailfish, Tuna and Wahoo’s along with some Grouper trolling before the season closes on January 1st. There should also be plenty of action with the King Fish and Snappers.

  Just an FYI three of the largest resorts in Islamorada will be down most of this season for repairs so start looking early this year for places to stay.  I am happy to help in any way I can to find you rooms and even know of a couple vacation rentals available. 

   Remember to follow my Facebook page @ brower fishing charters on the Buzz On for daily updates and you can also follow us on Instagram @ buzz_on   Thank you all for your support and looking forward to our next adventure on the water together. 

Islamorada May fishing report

First half of May Islamorada fishing report

Grouper fishing opened May 1st. The season ends December 31st. Call now to get in on the action.   305-240-1411   browerhome@yahoo.com 

On the first day of grouper season, we had 3 nice black groupers (deemed the best for eating by most), just 1 short of the daily limit. The limit is 1 black per person and 3 total groupers of all species.

We also caught and released 1 goliath grouper which we guesstimated at about 300lbs.

Snapper Fishing

Added to the groupers we had a good day on the reef with the snappers. We had some large yellowtail snappers, a couple of Mangrove snappers and some mutton snappers.

Islamorada fishing report

  As to be expected reef fishing is going very well.  With the full moon this month i would expect to see some nice size Mutton snappers showing up on the deeper wrecks and ledges. This will continue through the June moon as well. 

 Offshore Islamorada fishing report

The Mahi Mahi (dolphin) fishing has been good, we have caught 4 fish over thirty pounds over the last couple weeksThe schools are coming through and we have been having great fun chasing the bigger fish down.

Islamorada fishing report

The larger schools are showing up now with many large fish. It looks like we will have mahi, especially the larger ones around for a while.

Call now to get in on the action.   305-240-1411   browerhome@yahoo.com 

  Amberjacks

Out at the humps we have had great fun pulling on those large strong amberjacks. They don’t give up easily. The amberjacks have been averaging 30-40 pounds, but it’s not unusual to have a 50-60 pound fish as well. 

The hardest thing is to get them up before the sharks attack them.Speaking of sharks we used one of our amberjacks for bait the other day and managed to catch a nice size large bull shark.

June expectations

       What to expect in June lots of Mahi Mahi pictures along with some good reef fishing on the shorter days. The snappers will be spawning on the full moons and feeding in between making of some excellent fishing. 

BuzzOn Islamorada fishing Forecast April 2017

April is upon us and the  BuzzOn Islamorada fishing report is very good. It looks even better for the month of April. The offshore fishing is going to liven up.

In late March we have been seeing schools of dolphin (mahi mahi). The schhols have anywhere from 15-30 fish. We usually can keep a handful of them on each trip.

April will be better. Toward the end of April , larger fish will mix in with the schoolies. The fact that we are seeing decent sized schools of fish this early is a good sign.  The summer should really be great.

Groupers

   On May 1st the grouper season will start. We hope to be able to catch a few groupers on each trip. I already have some customers booked for the opening days. we should do well.

A couple of days ago , we had a charter that  limited out on snappers. On the same trip we released 10 legal sized black groupers. The black groupers are considered the best eating. Those guys were worn out by the end of the day. That’s for sure.

Snappers

Keep in mind that snappers will improve a lot as we get into the hot summer time conditions. They are good now, so things should be really good by summer.

Generally around the full moons we catch some nice Mutton snappers. Flag yellowtail snappers will show up. Flags are considered to be fish larger than the average 18-24 inch fish. They usually exceed 3 lbs in weight.

  Our days for the summer time are starting to fill up fast so once you get your dates set give us a shout as soon as possible.   

Islamorada Fishing report for January 2017.

 Well the month is almost over and it seems like it just began yesterday. We have been fishing regularly this month and catching a lot of fish. Here is our Islamorada fishing report for January. It was a great month.

Sailfishing with kites

sailfishing on Buzz On

This time of the year you can expect to see Sailfish roaming the edge of the reef and when the conditions are right we catch and release  a couple fish a day.

All of our Islamorada sail fishing is done with live bait and kites.  Kite Fishing allows us to spread our baits apart, meaning we are covering more area. It also keeps all of the fishing line and leader out of the water, which in theory allow for a cleaner bite and a greater hook up success rate. 

We use several different baits in the kites but primarily we use goggle eyes and pilchards. 

If the wind is not blowing enough to fly the kites then we are going to be using our light spinning tackle to cast live baits at fish we find swimming or chasing baits around on the surface. When we are sight fishing our bait of choice is ballyhoo. 

  Quite often while we are attempting to catch a sailfish we will catch other species, the most common being Kingfish. Kingfish are a lot of fun to catch. They pull a lot of line out and it’s generally non-stop action. Fishermen get worn out and have to take a beer or water break.

Islamorada Snapper fishing report

snapper fishing on Buzz On

 Anchoring and dropping a chum bag has been very successful this month. We have been catching limits of yellowtail snappers. They are great fighters on light tackle and very good eating.

Anchoring on structure is fun when families with young children are fishing. Snappers bite well and often keeping kids occupied and happy. Happy kids make happy parents.

Islamorada fishing report February preview

Sailfish will still be around in good numbers.

Wahoos should appear around the full moon. They are the fastest fish in the ocean and are tremendous fighters.

If the water is clear enough, hunting for cobias will start.  It is a really cool sight when you find a giant sting ray swimming along the bottom and there is a large school of cobia’s swimming on top of them.  

You have to be fast cause I guarantee you are not the only boat looking for them and they can move really quick at times.  An average cobia is going to weigh 10-15lbs but it is not uncommon to find them in the 30-60lb range.  

It can take some time to find them so be patient cause you can’t find em if you do not go look for em.     

10 Most Dangerous Fish to Eat

 

The area of the East Coast of Florida where I live is currently being polluted by a vile blue/green algae that is killing the local fish and stinking to high heaven. It has the consistency of guacamole and is caused by runoff contaminants flowing from Lake Okeechobee. This algae is not only getting the fish sick, but also the people exposed to it. This is a reoccurring problem seems to happen every year that south Florida gets above average rainfall levels. Whatever the cause is, it is certainly not good for our fishery, our health and may result in millions of tourism dollars that will be lost if the problem is not resolved soon.

This pollution problem got me to thinking about the various fish that may live through the pollution in their environment and pass those pollutants onto us fish loving, seafood eating enthusiasts.

Some time on the internet allowed me to come up with some of the most toxic fish that are swimming in our local area. The main contaminant in the fish mentioned below is mercury. Mercury is very poisonous to humans and accumulates in predatory fish as they prey upon other contaminated species of fish. As we eat the contaminated fish this mercury accumulates in our bodies as well.

Mercury has many deleterious effects upon humans. The 3 most serious are:

• Brain damage
• Liver damage
• Kidney damage

The fish that tend to have the most mercury in their tissue are listed below. These fish include:

• Kingfish (king mackerel)
• Cobia
• Sharks
• Albacore tuna
• Spanish mackerel
• Marlin
• Swordfish
• Bluefish
• Tilefish
• Amberjacks

There are still some delicious fish out there that typically do not have high mercury levels. These fish include:

• Dolphin (mahi)
• Flounder
• Vermillion Snapper
• Tripletails
• Triggerfish

The fish mentioned in this article are not necessarily bad to eat in moderation. Just like with most things in life moderation is the key to health. This article was meant to be looked at as a public service notice to those of us that eat a lot of fish. If you love to eat king mackerel, you still can but maybe eating it every day would be a bad idea.

Another thing that should be taken into consideration is that fact that fish are typically high in selenium. Selenium actually breaks down mercury in the body. This is probably why eating high mercury fish in moderation typically doesn’t cause too many health problems for most people.

The author of this article is the co-owner of FYAO Saltwater Media Group, Inc. and the creator of this website http://www.fishyourassoff.com/index.html The fish your ass off website is full of simple tips to help fishermen catch more fish.

Another resource that we created to help anglers is our fishyourassoff.com YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZDBmqTWwsL0euXJ_C7xvWg

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_Smith/2283803

Islamorada Summer Classic Highlights Florida Keys’ Diverse Fishery

09 June 2016

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers of all ages and experience levels can register for the multi-species Islamorada Summer Classic set for Friday through Sunday, July 8-10.

Continuing the Islamorada Classic tournament series, the Summer Classic follows a weight-and-release format to promote responsible use of the Florida Keys’ natural resources and maintain healthy fisheries.

Staged both oceanside and in gulfside or Florida Bay backcountry waters, the Summer Classic allows up to six anglers per boat team, professionally guided or unguided, to pursue dolphin, grunts, jacks, sharks, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna and trout.

Teams are scored on five releases of each of the eligible species per day. One fish of each eligible weight species may be weighed daily per team. The largest weight fish is to win that species.

Winners in adult, teen (age 13-19) and junior (age 12 and under) divisions are to be awarded for the most releases on a daily and overall basis.

A captains meeting and kickoff, open to the public, and a silent auction to benefit Keys charities are set for Friday, July 8, at World Wide Sportsman, mile marker (MM) 81.5 bayside. Fishing is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10. An awards ceremony follows Sunday’s fishing.

Boats can depart between MM 106 and the (north) east end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

Entry fees received after June 30 are $150 per adult angler, $125 per teen angler and $50 per junior angler. Until June 30, entrants can save $25 on fees.

10-Year-Old Angler Wins Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament for Team Lightly

BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys — A 10-year-old angler outfished his elders to win first place for Team Lightly in the 23rd annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament that ended June 5.John Searcy of Key West, Florida, boated a 37-pound dolphin fish, the largest caught by anyone in the tournament’s 42-boat field, to earn the team $7,500. Lightly was captained by Jeff Searcy, the angler’s father, also of Key West.

According to the captain, the boat was about 20 miles southwest of Key West in 1,050 feet of water when the fish bit a ballyhoo.

“Biggest cow (dolphin) I’ve ever seen,” said Jeff Searcy of the prize catch that took about 20 minutes to boat. “She jumped a lot.”
Second place went to Brookstone, skippered by Jim Jones of Jeffersonville, Indiana. Team member Mike Driskell of Big Pine Key caught a 29.5-pound dolphin to secure second.

Team Sea Center earned third place with a dolphin weighing 28 pounds. It was caught by Jed Scanlon of Big Pine Key, who also captained the boat.

The tournament’s top female angler was Donna Hart of Big Pine Key. She caught a 22.75-pound dolphin while fishing on Let It Rip with Captain Patrick Hart, also of Big Pine Key.

In the junior division Chris Harrell of Odessa, Florida, took first place. Fishing on Mama’s Money, captained by his grandfather Cecil Harrell of Odessa, the 9-year-old caught a 14.95-pound dolphin.

According to event organizers, the angling contest attracted 188 participants.

Islamorada Summer Classic

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers of all ages and experience levels can register for the multi-species Islamorada Summer Classic set for Friday through Sunday, July 8-10.

Continuing the Islamorada Classic tournament series, the Summer Classic follows a weight-and-release format to promote responsible use of the Florida Keys’ natural resources and maintain healthy fisheries.

Staged both oceanside and in gulfside or Florida Bay backcountry waters, the Summer Classic allows up to six anglers per boat team, professionally guided or unguided, to pursue dolphin, grunts, jacks, sharks, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna and trout.

Teams are scored on five releases of each of the eligible species per day. One fish of each eligible weight species may be weighed daily per team. The largest weight fish is to win that species.

Winners in adult, teen (age 13-19) and junior (age 12 and under) divisions are to be awarded for the most releases on a daily and overall basis.

A captains meeting and kickoff, open to the public, and a silent auction to benefit Keys charities are set for Friday, July 8, at World Wide Sportsman, mile marker (MM) 81.5 bayside. Fishing is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10. An awards ceremony follows Sunday’s fishing.

Boats can depart between MM 106 and the (north) east end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

Entry fees received after June 30 are $150 per adult angler, $125 per teen angler and $50 per junior angler. Until June 30, entrants can save $25 on fees.

Buzz On Fishing report 5-25

Wind picked up today out of the east causing a few big fish to pop up today. We caught a 35l bull dolphin and a 41 pound cow. That is a very big cow and it was our customer Jay’s first dolphin and it was on his Birthday to boot. We are able to catch some smaller blackfin Tunas at the humps. The reef is always alive with plenty of snappers, groupers, and some other action fish like bonitos and kingfish.