This will be my last report for 2015 and what a year it has been. I’ve made new friends, lost some great friends and got to spend time with some of my repeat customers that have become like family. I thank each and every one of you for your friendship and continued patronage and look forward to making new memories in 2016.
Now let’s get to the fishing!! The fishing has been very good with some not so great looking conditions. We continue to be plagued, for the most part, by green water and a lack of north current. But in these “not so great” conditions the fish continue to bite. This past Friday I fished in that green water and was rewarded with 5 sailfish, amberjack, bonito, mutton snapper, and a black fin tuna. I guess sometimes you just have to sit and fish and that is what we did.
The sailfish don’t seem to mind these conditions and we caught at least one sail on every trip except one. The sailfish have been pretty consistent over the past couple of weeks. I don’t see this changing for the foreseeable future. You may have one trip where you don’t catch a sail for one reason or another but we have been getting our shots and capitalizing on most of them. I have been doing a lot of meat fishing. What I mean by meat fishing is eating fish.
The bottom bite continues to be excellent. On many of the trips the bottom rod has just been out producing all the other rods combined. The amberjack have been ravenous. These fish seem to eat almost anything that you put on the bottom. No matter what type of bait or size they will seek and destroy. A couple of our larger fish have been in the 50 plus range but our average is about 20-40 pounds. Even the smaller fish will pin many anglers to the gunnels. Mutton snapper continue to bite pretty well and we catch at least one or two on every trip.
The kingfish bite, on live bait, has been slow. I know a couple of fellow captains that are catching them while trolling but we have mostly been live baiting and really only troll in the summer. But I am not really worried about the kings right now because with these consistent east north east winds the mahi- mahi have moved up on the reef. We have been catching them while drifting the reef in search of sailfish. You can still find some out deeper but right now you don’t need to run 15 miles offshore like we do in the summer.
Last but not least the tarpon are finally here. Some shrimp runs have taken place and tarpon have shown up in decent numbers. Now many of these fish will be in the 20-40 pound range on average. If you are looking for the bigger fish in the 80-150# class wait a little longer and the bigger fish should start to show up on a more consistent basis. If you have ever read my reports I almost never mention any of the products that I use but if you’re looking for a holiday gift for your significant other take a look at these. One of the products that I urge you to check out is the Salt Life Optics Sunglasses. I used Costas for many years and have made a switch to these glasses. They use Zeiss glass for their lenses and coat their lens with a proprietary water repelling feature that works great. These are the same glass makers that make high end hunting scopes. I tend to be very hard on sunglasses and these have held up great.
As always please remember our men and women serving their country and our first responders. For I have many friends and family serving in the armed services and as first responders and pray that they stay safe. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for 2015.
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters