Spring has definitely arrived in Miami. With temperatures hovering in the mid 80’s I can confirm winter is officially done. With the change in weather we have also seen a change in the fishing. The one thing we see in the spring and summer time frame are the amberjack migrations and boy oh boy they have arrived in Miami. Amberjack or more commonly known by their scientific name “Reef Donkey” have invaded many of the wrecks and rock piles along the eastern seaboard. We have had days of 4-7 fish between 30-50 pounds. We have been catching all of ours on light standup 30# tackle giving the angler a real feel for the strength and never say die attitude of these fish.
In between the amberjack we have also caught grouper and mutton snapper. As we get closer to May, which is the beginning of grouper season the bite should only improve. The muttons should also bite well as they start to get close to the spawn. We did have one trip last week where we struggled. With green water, no current and no wind the conditions really got the best of me and I worked hard to catch just a handful of fish on a half day charter. Some days the fish beat you and that day they got the best of me.
Luckily the conditions changed and let’s just say I was happy to see some blue water and north current. With the change in conditions the sailfish bite picked up. We have been getting our fair share of shots on every trip. As long as the conditions stay the same there should be really no change in the sailfish bite. The only change you may see is in the number of fish being caught. One of the neat things that happened to me on one of my trips is that we were able to get 7 year old Brady his first sail. I don’t know who was happier me or his dad! Way to go Brady. The kid is fish catching machine!!!
Springtime also signals the beginning of our blackfin tuna. Now I’m not talking about those 3-5# tuna found offshore but 25-35# fish. Since my last report I have seen some larger blackfins being caught to the north of us. That means that we should start to see them soon as well. Maybe by my next report we will have some nice pictures of some big blackfin tunas. Spring is really one of my favorite times to fish so I hope to see you on the water soon.
Well that is it for now as always please keep or men and women of the armed services and our first responders in your prayers. Till next time, Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters