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Posted on 11/27/2017 in Fishing Information

Islamorada Charter Fishing: Drift Fishing Tips on Florida Keys Wrecks

Islamorada Charter Fishing: Drift Fishing Tips on Florida Keys Wrecks

Where there are crevices to lay eggs on, holes and corners to hide from predators, or ample prey for ambush, marine life thrives. This makes Islamorada wrecks among the go-to spots for avid anglers, recreational or sport alike, in their offshore fishing adventures. Retired charter boats and shrimp boats, steel freighter ships, and remains of cars are scattered across the island chain. Most are named after the nearest reef or light buoy, while others are merely identified for the depth where they are nestled. Swarms of Islamorada charter fishing boaters gather above these wrecks as they’re known to house lots of Florida’s most prized fishes such as the snapper, goliath grouper, and mahi mahi.

Florida-Keys-Vacation.com shares the top wreck fishing spots in Islamorada:


· Spiegel Grove 510' steel ship, 135' deep

· Duane 327' steel ship, 118' deep

· Eagle 287' steel ship, 110’ deep

· Alexander Barge 120' steel barge

· Islamorada Reef Bridge spans, concrete, 115' deep

· Bibb 327' steel ship, 130' deep


Drift fishing on wrecks


One of the most popular methods of fishing on wrecks is drift fishing, which involves drifting over a wreck and fishing near or on the wreck itself. Even if you have the GPS numbers, it will still be difficult to decide where to drop the bait if you can’t see the bottom.


To do this right, prepare two weighted floats and make sure you have extra line allowance to reach the bottom. Once your tracker confirms your arrival, throw the first float and circle around it, going farther with every round. Toss out the second float as soon as you see the wreck along with cuts of mackerel or squid. Use the float to determine where you’re located relative to the wreck, then drift over the wreck and drop the anchor.


When slowly drifting a boat, tangling tends to occur in the mainline of the drop. Flying collar rig, however, is capable of quickly getting a lure or bait down deep with less likelihood of tangling.


Send your bait down deep at a rate not faster than 100 feet per minute. The slower the better, because this will keep the leader from tangling. Stop for every 50 feet and time the interval so your bait settles at the bottom just as it arrives at the wreck. This way, you may catch a fish in the pelagic zone even before the bait reaches the wreck. Do the same thing when retrieving the rig. The goal is to get close enough to the wreck for a bite without hanging.


Fishing on wrecks requires patience, strategy, and utmost care. If you’re craving for some mind-bending fishing action this summer, check out IslamoradaFishingSource.com for charter boats available for leasing.



Deep-Sea Fishing, TakeMeFishing.org

Best Islamorada Fishing Spots And Saltwater Fishing Tips, Florida-Keys-Vacation.com

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