It seems like I posted my last fishing report just yesterday but it’s actually way overdue. Since then I’ve been keeping busy with charters, bait fishing, and boat maintenance. Although not nearly as glamorous as catching and releasing sailfish and tarpon, it plays a huge part in our overall fishing success. As we speak, the boat is getting some TLC at Sundance Marine, in Ft. Lauderdale before we both go back to work. I’ve also spent some days and nights catching threadfin herring and goggle eyes for my charters. On many days, quality bait makes all the difference in the final results.
Now, let’s get down to some of the recent action. First, after a couple of cold fronts we’re starting to see the sailfish action picking up. On days with decent north current we have caught some off both the kites and flatlines. The sailfish action should continue to improve with each passing cold front as the fish migrate south.
Another winter time target that has arrived is the kingfish or king mackerel. We’ve caught kings on almost every trip. Kings are being caught off the kite as well as flat lines and even while trolling deep baits and lures. Most of the kingfish that we are catching are not huge probably averaging 5-15 pounds.
Dolphin aka mahi have also hanging around in decent numbers. We’ve been catching them while fishing the edge for sails. Many of these dolphin have been heavy “gaffers” or “lifters” and are a welcomed sight on any trip. One interesting fact is that a lot of these fish have been caught in shallow water where one wouldn’t normally look for them. I believe they are following the schools of ballyhoo that are spread out over the reef. Hopefully, these mahi will remain with us throughout the winter months.
If bottom and wreck fishing is more your style, there are some real nice mutton snapper and grouper hanging around. Grouper season will be closing soon, so now is the time to get out there and get em. On a recent trip we caught a beautiful black grouper right off Key Biscayne in less than ideal conditions. We’ve also caught some smaller muttons on other trips.
Inshore tarpon and spanish mackerel are starting to move in off the beaches and around the inlets. We’ll probably start booking tarpon trips beginning next month as soon as they bunch up a little more. If you’re interested in catching a silver king, now is the time to start planning your trip. Remember that tarpon trips are most productive in the evening after the sun starts to set. One of the best things about this fishery is that you can put in a full day at work and still get out and catch a trophy fish.
Well, that is pretty much it for right now. Remember that you can follow the action on FACEBOOK, Twitter, Instagram and even YOUTUBE. If you have any questions about your next fishing adventure or if you are ready to book your trip, you can contact me by calling, email, or even texting. I hope all of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Capt. Orlando Muñiz
Nomad Fishing Charters