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2005-12-12 - Islamorada & Morehead City Fishing Report - Dec. 11, 2005
Capt. John had a busy week down here in sunny Islamorada fishing 6 out of the last 7 days. Finally the larger Mackeral have shown up, with 20-25 pound fish being caught. Plenty of smaller fish are also around. Cigar Minnows have been the bait of show for the Kings and 130\' has been the preferred water depth. The sailfish bite has been on and off. For the week, we released 6, but didn\\\'t really fish for them all that much do due some good bottom fishing and snotty conditions on a couple of days. Ballyhoo and Cigar Minnows have been plentiful on the reef, with bait showers happening all over the place. So as the next cold front moves through, the sails are sure to be snapping again. In on the reef, the Yellowtail bite remains consistent despite the lack of good current. Some nice Mutton Snapper, up to 15 pounds are coming over the rail as well, with plenty of smaller ones mixed in. The Yellowtail and Snapper have been coming in 35-60\' of water. This week, Capt. John primarily fished between the Eagle Wreck and Calusa Cove. The best of the Sailfish action seemed to be right in on the edge in about 110\' of water.

Up in Morehead City, we have good news to report. On Wednesday of this week the Giant Bluefin finally showed up in good numbers. Seems that a lot of the boats that fished this past Wednesday and Thursday either boated fish or had bites. A few smaller fish were caught, but mostly bigger fish seem to have moved into the area. The fish ranged in length from 65 up to 100 inches, which should put the weights from about 200-700 pounds. We are trolling horse ballyhoo, mostly behind Islanders, some up on top, some on large planers. This coming week, will signal if the main body of fish has moved in or not, as we expect the majority of the fleet to fish, due to a combination of a good weather forecast and the recent catch reports that came in last last week.

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