Saturday, December 22, 2012

Islamorada Fishing Report and Forecast

Greetings once again. This is the fishing forecast for the father and son team of Skins and Fins Charters, Captain Ted and Captain Donnie Benbow. We fish the waters of the Florida Keys, Key Largo and the Gin clear waters of Islamorada. Our three boats are docked out of the newly revamped Holiday Isle Marian at the Post Card Inn and this is our forecast for January/Febuary

OFFSHORE/DEEPSEA: In the winter months, the Sailfish are the target fish of choice. Anglers go Offshore in the bigger Charter Boats. Taking with Captain Don Chittick, Captain of the Charter boat K Kay  out of the Whale Harbor Marine in down town Islamorada. Don likes to troll slowly in depths of 100 to 150 foot of water, bumping in and out of gear just enough to keep his lines tight. Using live baits such as Ballyhoo, Pilchards and Cigar minnows. Don also likes to fly the kite using Bluerunners and Goggle eyes to attract the fish up from the deep. On the calmer days the Swordfishing will still be going on in the deeper waters. Out in the Patch Reefs, keeper size Grouper, Yellow tail, Mangrove Snapper, Porgeys, Mackerel and Mutton Snapper.

GULF: While fishing on the edge of the Gulf in 10-15 foot of water we are in search of large Spanish Mackerel up to 40". Some of the more popular fishing grounds like west of Sprigger Bank hold large numbers of the speedy Macks. We rig with light rods and a wire leader using a sparkly bucktail tipped with shrimp, make sure to bring two blocks of chum to get the bite going. Other common fish found on the edge of the Gulf are Pompano, Sea Trout and Sharks plenty of rod bending action!

FLATS FISHING: The Redfishing continues to be the best option for the shallow water hunter. Captain Donnie has been spending most of his early afternoons up in just a few inches of water site casting to the larger Redfish up to 36". Throwing plastics DOA CAL swim baits rigged weedless or bucktails tipped with shrimp has proved most productive. The Bonefishing has started to pick up on the mid day higher tides and should continue through the spring.

BACKCOUNTRY: With the cooler temperatures the smaller Redfish and trout are pushing through the creeks and channels. Fishing near the trees using live pinfish on a weightless hook the Snook fishing is slowly continueing to get better as they are making a recovery from the freeze 3 years ago. Pompano, Sharks, snapper and Sea Trout are also found in the channles and deep holes.On those windy days out of the north we fish the larger flats skiffs out on the Patch Reefs for Hogfish, Snappers, Porgeys, Mackerel. Grouper and more.

Well that's what is going on the way we see it. Want to give it a try, please give us a call. Till them, this is Captain Ted and Donnie Benbow asking you to "Keep it in the Shallow mGrass"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Islamorada fishing reports

Skins and Fins Charter, Capt Ted and Donnie Benbow have been catch large Red fish off the Islamorada area in the Florida Keys. Reds up to 36" caught in about 6" of water. Site casting plastics like DOA swim baits or Millie's Buck tails tipped with shrimp. On the Fly rod the white with Chart Clouser has worked the best. Most of these Red fish are over the slot, and we choose to release them all after a quick photo of the biggest. Capt Donnie and his Anglers are really enjoying his new Maverick HPX mircro. It is very quit and poles like a dream in super shallow water. Till next time, this is Capt Ted and Donnie Benbow asking you to " Keep it in the Shallow Grass"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fishing Islamorada, Florida Keys

Big Redfish have been reported in the shallow waters of Islamorada! Redfish up to 36" being site casted to in as little a 6 inches of water. Here is fish photos of Capt Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters and his Angler Angie with one of many fish caught on Fly and Spin.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

9-9-2012 Flats fishing for Redfish

Islamorada fishing 9-9-2012 for redfish on the flats has started to pick back up since the Hurricane. Big Redfish being caught in shallow waters off Islamorada , using DOA 5" white baits has don't the trick. Captain Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters has been catching Res over 30"!! Prior to the hurricane the bite was just "sick" according Islamorada fishing guide Capt Ted Benbow. Showed here with a big Red drum.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Okeechobee Bass fishing report

Capt Donnie Benbow of Skin and Fins Charters started his morning by site fishing for big Redfish with his Dad Capt Ted Benbow early Friday morning in near Islamorada in the Florida Keys. By the end of the day they were catching big Bass in a private lake in Okeechobee florida 200 miles away. The two biggest Redfish were close to 30" and the two biggest Bass were 24" and 27" what a great day if fishing

Friday, August 3, 2012

8-4-2012 islamorada fishing report

8-4-2012 Islamorada Fishing Report: this is the fishing report of the fater and son team of Skins and Fins Charter. We the waters on the flats off Islamorada this August have been hot and the flats fishing for Redfish has been hotter!! Capt Donnie has been up
On the Flats every morning treating his Anglers so some of the best Resfishing in some years. Throwing Millie's Buctails from Anglers Ammo has been the bait of Choice. Donnie have been fishing out of his New Maverick HPX micro to get in 4 inches of water. A average morning trip nets 6 to 10 big Reds and many shots at other. Well that what's going on, want to give it a try? Call us. 305-393-0363

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Islamorada Fishing report 7/31/2012

Islamorada fishing report: There has been just an explosion of big Redfish off the Backcountry flats of Islamorada! From Islamorada to flamingo, most flats ate holding fish. The photo showered her is of Charlie Hertal fishing with Capt Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters with one of many they caught.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Islamorada Fishing Report 7/26/2012

Greetings once again from the Florida Keys and Islamorada. This is the fishing report of the father and Son Team of Skins and Fins Charters Capt Ted and Capt Donnie Benbow.
Out in the Everglades Capt Donnie has been up in the Flats in about 5 " of water in his brand new Maverick HPX Micro. Site casting to Small Tarpon, Redfish up to 30" and BIG Snook.
As for me redfish around the Islands in good number, some Snook. Out west of Flamingo, big spotted seatrout 2 to 5 pounds, a average morning trip Anglers catch 30-40 of them!! Closer to Flamingo we are drifting for Big Sharks and some Tarpon. Well that's what is going on the way I see it. Want to give it a try? Give me a call. Better yet, the Miami Dolphins are giving away a two day trip with us, all you have to do is Live in Florida and text the word "lime" to 347347 for your chance to win. Until then this is Capt. Ted Benbow asking you to " Keep it in the Shallow Grass"

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fishing report Islamorda July 2012

We had a hot bite of spotted sea trout this morning on a half days charter. Caught over 30 on gulps new penny shrimp. Capt Ted Benbow Skins and Fins Charters

Monday, July 23, 2012

Islamorada fishing

Captain Donnie Benbow is Skins and Fins Charters treated his guest to site casting for some nice fighting small tarpon and big schools of redfish on a half day charter out of Islamorada.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fishing report 7/21/2013 Skins and Fins Charters

Capt Ted and Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters have really been wacking the bog redfish off Islamorada. Site casting plastic lures in the afternoon has done the trick.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bonefishing Islamorada

Megan Fryman caught a nice bonefish while fishing in Islamorada with Capt Donnoe Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tarpon fishing Islamorada

James Klien 12 years old, son of long time Islamorada fishing Guide Tim Klien caught his first Tarpon on Fly while fishing with his dad.

7-19-2012 fishing report Islamorada

Captain Ted and Captain Donnie Benbow went out on a afternoon fun fishing trip for Redfish and caught many over the slot big Reds. Using Plastic jerk bait on light tackle prove to be a great fish up on the Islamorada flats!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Islamorada fishing report

Captain Donnie Benbow If Skins and Fins Charters has been spend a lot of time up on the flats of the Florida Keys site casting to the big Redfish all week.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tarpon fishing Islamorada report

Captain Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters just splashed his brand new Marerick HPX micro skiff. He and his Angler Wes hooked 10 and fought 6 tarpon in the 15 to 35 LB size. Sight casting Spoons and DOA CAL bait. What a great first trip in the new polling skiff.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Islamorada fishing report

Went back to the Everglade Friday morning and treated my guest to some great Redfishing. Over 25 Reds and two Snook in 2 hours of fishing. Then we caught a bunch of trout.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fishing Report Islamorada

Fishing report is done daily for Islamorada and the Florida keys and Key Largo.

Islamorada fishing report

Capt Donnie Benbow had a nice day of fishing the patch reef, grouper, snapper, hogfish, mutton snapper. All on a half says trip.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fishing report islamorada

Capt Donnie Benbow showed his anglers a good say of Redfishing in the Flamingo area. Red fish caught up to 24 inches.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Islamorada fishing report

Had a half day morning trip, caught over 40 slot sized spotted sea trout off islamorada in the Florida keys. Tonight it's off to the tarpon grounds.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Islamorada fishing report

On Monday capt Ted and Donnie Benbow had a reel good bite of hoggish on the reefs, on Tuesday capt Ted got into some redfish while capt Donnie caught his young anglers spinner sharks.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fishing Islamorada

Capt Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters treated his Anglers to a nice morning of Redfish.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Islamorada fishing

We had a solid Charters this morning, Redfish up to 26" caught on love shrimp casting to the manggroves.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Florida Keys tarpon fishing charters

Capt . Donnie Benbow if Skins and Fins Charters releases a nice Tarpon just of Islamorada on a sunset tarpon fishing trip.

Fishing Islamorada

Tarpon fishing is still going on in Islamorada in the Florida keys. Anglers of Skins and Fins Charters seen he fighting big Tarpon on live crabs.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Islamorada Shark Fishing Charters

Capt Ted Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters has been reporting big Bull Sharks up to 8 foot being caught on a half day Charter in the Everglades.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Islamorada fishing for Tarpon

Captain Donnie Benbow of was seen here releasing a nice Islamorada Tarpon in the Florida Keys. The fishing reports are some what mixed on the silver King but Donnie had happy Anglers this night.

Islamorada fishing "Redfish"

The Resfishing has been well, Red Hot. Large numbers of Reds up to 30" being caught just off the Islamorada area in the Florida Keys. Capt Ted and Capt Donnie's Benbow of Skins and fins charters have been knocking them dead on live shrimp.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Key largo Red fishing, Florida Keys

It's a great time to be in the Florida Keys, Islamorada and Key Largo, it has been a mild winter so far and the fishing has been hot!! My son and partner Capt Donnie Benbow has been spending his time up on the shallow flats of key largo site casting plastics and spoons at big Redfish. These great fish are running 26 to 30" and put up a great fight on light tackle. Great work Son!! In the backcountry the big female Spotted Sea trout are showing up in the channels, some up to 5 LBs. Due to the mild winter we are also seeing the Tarpon move in, as soon as the water temp reaches 80 degrees, the bite will be on! Want to give it a try, give us a call, till then this Capt Ted Benbow asking you to "Keep it in the Shallow Grass"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Islamorada Fishing Report

For the last four days the Spotted Sea Trout has been just outstanding!! Capt Ted and Donnie Benbow of Skins and Fins Charters has been catching big spawning fish up to 5 LBS. it's best to release these big females and keep the smaller males for dinner. Just a reminder, the Spring Tarpon season is just around the corner, now is the time to book you Florida keys, Islamorada dream trip! Please give us a call 305-393-0363

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Islamorada tarpon fishing

Had a two boat site seeing and light fishing half day trip
This morning with me and capt Donnie Benbow. As Donnie showed
then the sites, we broke away for a out standing bite of Spotted
sea trout. When Donnie dropped off his group went back out for some
recon. I'm a short time he saw one nice bonefish and 11 big Tarpon!!
Great work Donnie. Now is the time to start planning you spring tarpon trip.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Hello once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys fishing. Well the waters out in the Gulf have cooled down a bit and the Spanish Mackerel run continues heat up. on a average four hour Charter nets up to 30 of these great fighting fish about 24 to 36" in size, we are also catching Pompano, Spinner Sharks and Spotted Seatrout too. In Flamingo in the Everglades National Park the Redfishing has really turned on, they have been hanging around in the channels and run offs. These great fighting fish are waiting to ambush baits coming through and trying to keep warm in the deeper water. Out on the shallow patch reefs there has been Yellowtail snapper, Grouper, Hogfish and Big Sharks and the Offshore/Deepsea Charter boats are catching the Big Sailfish. My partner and Son Captain Donnie Benbow has been spending a lot of time up on the flats pitching shrimp and Fly's at Bonefish and Redfish, it been a great way to spend the afternoon and I have been lucky enough to get my time on the bow of his boat doing a little recon with Donnie.
Captain Donnie and I have moved our Business/Boats ( The Bud Light Boats) to the newly re modeled Holiday Isle Resort and Marine, where they have just spent over 11 Million dollars in re doing the rooms, beaches, pools and landscape. The resort wants to become a more family place and my guest that have stayed there in the past month were happy with the results and they also like that if they booked a fishing trip with us, Holiday Isle gives them a 15-20% discount on their room rates.
Reminder: The spring Tarpon migration is on my Anglers minds and Captain Donnie and I are starting to fill our spring calendar up with trips to go after Monster Tarpon, now is the time to start planning your dream trip after these greatest inshore Sport fish there is!!.
Well that is what's been going on here in the Florida Keys. Want to get out on the water, give me a call or check out up dated daily photo's on my website. Till then this Captain Ted Benbow and Captain Donnie Benbow asking you to "Keep it in the Shallow Grass" 305-393-0363