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Old 02-09-2011, 09:16 AM
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Default Best time of year to make it to Islamorada Hump

I am planning a trip to Islamorada this year, and am wondering what times of year would give me the best chances of making it to the Islamorada hump and back in my 21 ft. Campion 622 I/O walkaround? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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how tall are the gunnels? Im not familiar with that hull but the humps arent that far away.....even if u limp across. But id say the best weather is May-July before it gets too tropical.
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how tall are the gunnels? Im not familiar with that hull but the humps arent that far away.....even if u limp across. But id say the best weather is May-July before it gets too tropical.
Thanks so much for the info! I am guessing that the gunnels are about 3 ft from the water line at the bow, but they could be slightly less. Does the weather change rapidly at the humps? In other words, can it change bad so fast that it could catch me off guard?

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Are the humps in the Gulf stream?
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how tall are the gunnels? Im not familiar with that hull but the humps arent that far away.....even if u limp across. But id say the best weather is May-July before it gets too tropical.
May has times where an East wind will blow 20 for days. I have had my best luck in September. Yes, it's hurricane season, but there are by far some of the calmest days of the year.
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There are "Humps" off Islamorada and Marathon Keys. Distance depends on what channel you run out of.

From the Channel 5 bridge, it's about 22miles to the Islamorada Humps if I recall, closer from Widley Key.

From now to early June the weather is pretty predictable -- fronts coming through and windy. You will get a break in the wind between fronts -- you just need to learn the pattern.

Once the jet stream heads north in early June, the winds die down, but then it's T-Storm time. They can pop up any time and turn ugly fast. Thats why "smart" anglers head out at first light and call it a day before it's too late.

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Thanks so much for the info! I am guessing that the gunnels are about 3 ft from the water line at the bow, but they could be slightly less. Does the weather change rapidly at the humps? In other words, can it change bad so fast that it could catch me off guard?

Thanks for any info!
as was said above, in the summer thunder storms can pop up quickly inshore and cut u off. Morning usually has the best weather and fishing. Last and only time i went(3 months ago) the blackfin tuna bite was on fire til 9:15 and then it turned off like a light switch.
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Thanks for the info!
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Thanks Rod27, Head Kned, and Prop Bast! You have been a great help!
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If your looking to catch Blackfin tuna,the best months are April,May and June but we catch them year round.Make sure you check the wind before you come,and give yourself a few extra days to be safe.You can always fish the reef if you get blown off the humps.From Islamorada the 409 hump is 14 miles,Islamoarda hump 20 miles,and Marathon hump 27 miles. Good Luck
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If your looking to catch Blackfin tuna,the best months are April,May and June but we catch them year round.Make sure you check the wind before you come,and give yourself a few extra days to be safe.You can always fish the reef if you get blown off the humps.From Islamorada the 409 hump is 14 miles,Islamoarda hump 20 miles,and Marathon hump 27 miles. Good Luck
Thanks Capt. Tom D.! I appreciate the info!
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You can call Chris's Bait and Tackle at Tavernier Creek in Islamorada for great info. The humps are almost a straight shot from them and they might give you some reports. They are very helpful.
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You can call Chris's Bait and Tackle at Tavernier Creek in Islamorada for great info. The humps are almost a straight shot from them and they might give you some reports. They are very helpful.
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