Fish this holiday season

December 3rd, 2010

As the leaves change color up north and people are decorating for the holidays, I am down here in the Keys getting my boat ready for all of you.  The mad rush of people after the holidays is what I call the great start of our season.  For those of you that haven’t booked yet, you better get on it, or you won’t get out on a charter boat.  We will all be booked; so don’t miss out on the greatest part of your vacation.

The fishing has been pretty steady, between the sword fishing, sail fishing, grouper and snapper on the reef.  This is a great time of year to fish, so many options to choose from.  We can target the cobias and goliath grouper in the Gulf or fish the reef for yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, grouper, and kingfish.  Just outside the reef we will live baiting for sailfish, and catch some other species as well.

Just this past week I was reef fishing, and the yellowtails were biting good, it wasn’t long before we limited out and we changed our tactics to kingfish and we got a few ten pounders and one forty plus pound king too.  My clients had a ball, and they ate well the whole week.  One of the greatest ideas our restaurants had is to cook your catch.  I don’t know when this started but the Keys have been doing it a long time.  Bring in your fresh fish and have the restaurant cook it for you, it doesn’t get any fresher.  Every restaurant will do this for you down here so take advantage of not having to cook it and then clean up after you’re stuffed from eating the freshest fish you can get.

I took out a family to the hump for some hot tuna action.  It was so hot we hooked 50+ tunas but were only able to land a half dozen. We had a shark problem, which I have never seen it so bad.  We had four or five sharks swimming around the boat at any given moment.  We hooked tuna and fought them to the boat only to have the shark eat it before we can get it close enough to gaff it.  After about 20 shark bite offs, I asked my clients if they wanted to do something else, but they said it was great to hook a fish fight it and then feed it to a shark.  So we stayed and kept feeding the sharks.  I always try to keep my clients happy and they were smile all around.  We had fresh sushi at the dock when we got back and a few cocktails always end a great fishing trip.  I look forward to fishing with them again.

I had a shot to go sword fishing this week too, it was stormy and rough but  we ventured out there anyways.  We had many bites, just couldn’t get them to swallow the bait.  We finally got one to eat and we caught him after a short battle.  It was too small to keep so we took some quick photos and released him back to grow up.  We had a few more bites after we release the small fish but never hooked up again.  It can be difficult to get these predators to eat the bait sometimes.  But when they do, hold on you will be in for a battle.

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, may this coming year be better than the last, and come on down forget your troubles and lets go fishing.

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