Burrrrr, that would best describe the weather for the past couple of days. With temperatures in the low 40’s and winds gusting into the 30’s its been downright cold. Ok, I know some of you guys and gals up north are laughing at me but for us Floridians that is cold.
The cold weather has heated up the sailfish bite as of late. We have been getting several shots on recent trips. Many of the sails have been out in the deeper water so don’t be afraid to pop out into that 250′-350′ range if there is a nice edge out there. I just posted a video of one of the sails we caught just a couple of days ago. Now for the not so great news, the tarpon bite has been extremely slow to almost non-existent. For some reason the tarpon bite has just not turned on for the way it should be this time year. I see reports of one fish being caught here and there but just not any good numbers.
I have gotten several calls from customers looking to go tarpon fishing and I have advise them against doing so or we have gone offshore and had much better success. I have spoken with several guides and I keep hearing the same story. So for right now let’s keep heading offshore and putting the odds in our favor. While heading offshore or traveling to an area to set up our drifts for sailfish we have been dropping on wrecks and rock piles with great results.
The bottom bite just keeps producing for me on a real consistent basis. We have caught cubera snapper, muttons, groupers, amberjack, yellow jacks, and even some kingsfish while dropping baits to the bottom. It seems the bottom bite is out producing the surface bite 3 to 1. We have been getting bites by using a technique called power drifting. Power drifting takes a little more effort than just throwing up a kite, drifting and waiting to run into something. Power drifting takes an understanding of the wind, current, boat maneuvering, and seeing on which side of a piece of structure the fish happen to be sitting on. Power drifting is one of my favorite ways to fish and it really gives you the ability to target specific fish.
In addition to the sailfish and assorted bottom fish we have also been putting some kingfish in the box. The closer we get to spring the bigger these fish will get. I have already seen a couple being caught so that means they are starting to come into the area. Last year we did well catching several 40#’s and 2 over 50. I hope to repeat that again this year.
Well that is all for now. As we head in to March, April, and May we are heading into some of the best fishing months in Miami. If you would like to get out there please give me a call and let’s set up a trip. It doesn’t matter if its sailfish or bottom fish that you’re after just let me know when you call and I will give it my best shot. As always please keep my friends and family, who work as first responders, and our military men and women in your prayers. Till next time Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters