Re: Islamorada Report

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Posted by BIll Bishop on 2013-05-04 06:07:30 in reply to Islamorada Report posted by Michael Rosa on 2013-05-03 14:49:27


I really enjoy your reports. When the weather turned I pulled out and came home for a few days. Like you, If I can't see em can't catch em. The gulf is really stirred up and crossing the BG pass in the skiff is challenging in these conditions.

Your encounter with the hammerhead reminds me of my own experience several seasons ago. I was posted on the edge of a bar. The weather was perfect and visibility was great. I looked north and saw a huge form moving along the same path as the tarpon were using. I the six feet of water I realized it was a 13-14 foot hammer coming my way. I was perched in my bow tower and my anchor line was ahead extending 20 feet or so out. At first I was looking forward to getting a close up look at the monster but as it got closer it became apparent it was going to collide with the anchor line. I guess because the eyes of the hammer are so far apart it couldn't see directly ahead. I recall locking my arms around the frame of the tower as the shark hit the line. The explosion was significant and the boat was jerked forward at an alarming rate. The episode lasted only seconds but it seemed longer. The shark sped off toward the direction it had come and I gathered my composure. Ten minutes later I looked north and once again here came the shark again. I quickly pulled anchor and left. I figured no tarpon worth its salt was sticking around and I didn't want an instant replay.

We are seeing a good number of fish and I am leaving in the morning to fish all next week. I hope to find some stained water and expect that to be the case with all the rain-runoff. Water color is a huge key to feeding our fish. It's got to be just enough where the fish can't get a good look at the fly and not to dirty so that seeing the fish is difficult. Somewhere between the passes I can usually find the right mix where the fish are swimming. Also, as of late I have been staying away from the shallow runs due to the number of boats posted there. There are places that are 5-7 feet where the fish still swim on top and eat better than the bars. I think it is because they feel more at ease with the extra water under them.

Just before the weather changed I was starting to see some tankers. The first week most of the fish were in the 60-80lb. range. Then the larger fish came in. I was stating to see scattered fish in the 120-150lb. range. This is typical each season and I expect it has to do with swimming speed. Fish of like size swim at similar sizes due to the speed they move over long distances. I could be wrong but this happens each year and I can't come up with a better answer.

Good luck and heading your way in June for the Gold Cup.

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