2010-03-08 - OU Fishing Report

Hey All! Sorry we have not been sending out any reports as of late but we're getting back on track here. OU has, however, been actively fishing out of Treasure Cay, Islamorada, Key West & Fort Lauderdale! We've got some new things happening starting with our Hatteras, NC season. The Low Profile is heading on over there this week to kick off the season. Also, the fate of the 46' Whiticar, the Pretty Work has now been determined...she's staying in the Florida Keys year round! Whew! For those of you in Uncasville, CT be sure to stop by the Mohegan Sun Casino and pay Captain Joe Trainor a visit at the Salt Water Sportsman seminar with George Poveromo.

Until next time...Tight Lines!

Fishing Highlights
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Key West, FL

Sailfish, Cobia, blackfin/albacore

Islamorada, FL

Cobia, Mackeral

Ft Lauderdale, FL



Blackfin, wahoo
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Open Boat Trips


Trip Type
5/4 (nts/days fishing) Treasure Cay to Cat Island (1 spot open 4 total)
$2000 per person

New Jersey

Trip Type
46 Hour Long Range Canyon - Marlin Tuna Shark Swordfish
$850 per person
46 Hour Long Range Canyon - Marlin Tuna Shark Swordfish
$850 per person
46 Hour Long Range Canyon - Marlin Tuna Shark Swordfish
$850 per person

More dates coming soon. Total 6 anglers per trip. Price excludes gratuity.

Ocean City, MD

Trip Type
Shark Fishing Trip
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip

Where's the OU Fleet?

50' Evans Islamorada, FL
55' Gwaltney Hatteras, NC
54' Bertram Treasure Cay, Bahamas
46' Whiticar Islamorada, FL
45' Cabo Fort Lauderdale, FL
28' CC Key West
Flats Skiffs Key West/Islamorada

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Islamorada, FL

February 27 - Night Swordfish trip - 70-80lb Sword
February 24 - Great Yellowtail fishing
February 21 - Good mackeral bite & cobias
February 20 - Two day Islamorada Fishing recap - a dichotomy
February 18 - Poor Girls Tournament recap - Fishing is slow overall
February 16 - Amberjacks, groupers and a strong mackeral bite
February 15 - Islamorada Weekly Recap
February 13 - Tough Fishing! Bucket of Yellowtails & a Few Sharks
February 8 - Sails are still biting along with kings, mutton snappers
February 4 - Reef fishing is outstanding - mangrove & kingfish bite
All Reports by Captain John Oughton


February 23 - Nassau Report- A Week in Review - by Captain Thomas
February 20 - Wahoo are still biting out of Nassau - Captain Thomas Neligon
February 18 - Couple of nice dolphin, a blackfin...no hoos today - Captain Thomas Neligon
February 16 - Nassau fishing recap - Blackfin, Yellowfin, hoos & a nice dolphin - Captain Thomas Neligon
February 12 - Day's End Report out of Treasure Cay - Captain Thomas Neligon
February 12 - Real-time Abacos Fishing Report - Captain Thomas Neligon
February 03 - Abacos Inshore Fishing - Captain Thomas Neligon

Key West, FL

March 8 - Sailfish are starting to show up
February 18 - Great King Mackeral action on the reef
February 18 - Offshore for Blackfin tuna and jigging for Amberjacks
February 17 - Reef fishing continues to be good - yellowtails, cero & king macks
Februaray 16 - Deep dropping for amberjacks and great mackeral fishing
February 09 - King Macks in full swing
February 09 - Good fishing off Key West wrecks
February 09 - Deep dropping continues to be a Good Bet
All Key West Reports by Captain Ted Lund

Fort Lauderale

February 27 - 7 for 14 on Sails - fishing has been slow
February 14 - Sailfishing is slowing down but night Swordishing is Great
February 04 - Sailfishing is still hot - kingfish, bonita & dolphin bite
February 03 - Lauderdale Fishing Update
All Report by Captain Joe McGivern

Islamorada Fishing Report

The past few weeks here out of Islamorada have been up and down. First, we start with bait which has been nothing short of difficult at best. Some days we get one throw of the cast net and if you are lucky you get some minnows. Ballyhoo have been way up the line just too far to go on a “maybe”. So most days we have to resort to live shrimp and cut dead baits.

The cold fronts that have been steadily coming through are really making life hard on the reef edge as the water cannot warm up. Reports are that it’s this way up the whole coast of Florida. The water is dirty and green and for the first time in 14 yrs I saw the water turn to mud…it was horrible! Now with that said the fishing has been a lot of work but we do manage to put a pretty good catch together by the end of the day. Yellowtails and Mangrove snappers are okay. We manage to pick away at each stop which is about 6 to 9 spots a day; all shallow water patches. The fun part about it is the Grouper fishing is…well…super! This is very nice to see since it has been closed down until September. Blacks, Reds, and Gags have done a great job of giving the anglers an unreal fight on light tackle. The cero and Spanish mackerels have also provided some good action for us too. They’re mostly biting on the Gotcha’s.      

Now the best fishing has been over the last few days. During our present cold front the waters and currents have helped to slowly turn things around. The water began to really clean up and the bites have become somewhat easier. The bait has seemed to find its way back along with some of the deeper bites on the wrecks and fades.

The Sailfish have been very slow but I do feel we are going to get some GREAT tailing conditions real soon, lots of fun and big numbers. The Cobia have really been the most consistent for us, they have been coming down the inside reef edge on rays in big numbers. This has provided us with real good action almost every day! The Cobias love the live Grunts which we catch on the patches. The best part is they are a very hardy bait and easy to keep alive in the bait pens. Finally when the opportunity allows us we have been able to start catching some real nice Amberjacks on the humps and deeper wrecks offshore. The live Bluerunner or Speedos have been best to produce a bite. The Jacks have ranged anywhere from 20 to 75 pounds. A great fight on stand up gear. Not much to report yet on the Black fins. Just a few here and there…it’s coming though! We also have been able to get in a few Swordfish trips on this last Moon and both the That’s Right and Pretty Work had some bites and each was able to get themselves a keeper. The bite overall though was slow on this Moon but perhaps the weather played a role.

The outlook is good though for the upcoming weeks. The weather seems to want to finally break which will help greatly. The signs are all there. All we need are things to start to line up together and we are there!! Just another note for all…the Pretty Work will be in Islamorada year round now!!!! We have also taken the time to attach a Dry Tortugas permit to it so now we are running these trips in June, July and August which are some of the prime months to fish and snorkel in that area!!

Capt.John Oughton
cell 305-481-6527

Bahamas Report

I ’ m down here in the Abacos with the boss and his family this week.  We were able to get out on Monday afternoon the first day they arrived.  We headed out to the South Manowar cut and started on the edge of the curve there.  I passed some nice water there on my way back from Nassau last week and have heard good reports from other boats who have been fishing that piece of water.  We got in to some blackfins right away.  There were a couple nice sized ones that we picked out.  Knowing that there should be a break in this area we ventured offshore and found a nice piece of water.   Everything looked right as we had a two degree break and saw some nice bait showers.  Unfortunately we got there too late in the day so we were unable to give it much time.  On the way in we worked the edge towards our destination and were able to find a Wahoo that at some point became foul hooked making it a struggle to get in. And not before a shark helped himself to some of it!  We had a great afternoon of it.  We ended in Sea Spray Marina on Elbow Cay for the night.  Spent two nights on Elbow Cay and went over to Boat Harbor in Marsh Harbor for another two days.  Friday we quickly trolled the edge at slack tide with no luck but again we had limited time to fish because “ Bare Foot Man ” was at Nippers on Friday. 

We’re looking to get out on Monday afternoon. We have a busy couple of weeks coming up and I’m looking forward to doing some fishing with friends coming in from the Avalon, NJ area. 

Captain Thomas Neligon