Mahi and Marlin in Islamorada

May 12, 2016 by Jorge Piñero

Trip Info

The Catch
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue)
Tuna (Blackfin)

It was a typical day in Islamorada leaving at first light in search of live bait in several forms. After my clients had a blast catching live bait we proceeded to our favorite marlin grounds. Upon arrival the sea was a desert, no life, no weeds, not a bird in the sky.
I deployed two big live baits on a downrigger 80’ down and another just off the surface and began the ardous task of slowtrolling.
Several hours went by without a bite.
I decided to change things up and starterd to reel the deeper bait when it got hit. The line came tight and I let the fish take the line for several seconds. Once assured it was on I put the boat in gear and drove the hook home. The surface errupted with a blue marlin jumping and greyhounding. The show was spectacular. Rigging my client into the standup gear and steading the boat was the next task. After a good aerial display of about 1 plus hour, the blue was brought boatside still green and tge line cut near its mouth and released still in the water and in good condition.

We now went after mahi and tuna to fill our fishbox with tasty dinner. We caught several nice fish overall and made our way back as the afternoon sun sank in the sky.

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