The Gulf and Bay waters got very cold last week with water temperatures dropping into the low 60s! It pushed the Cobia out into the Atlantic. Spanish Mackerel are heating the water up though! The bite is great! We’ve been catching 30-50 fish a trip. Following these schools are large Spinner Sharks. These gamesters feature explosive strikes followed by twisting leaps into the air! They run and change direction causing the angler to use all their skill!
Trust me when I tell you when it comes to the definition of game fish, this guy’s picture is in the books! Tripletail are showing up in good numbers. The Tripletail are making a strong showing. They are a personal favorite, the technique to catching them is like hunting, spot and stalk! It is sight fishing and it is hard to keep the adrenaline in checking when you are casting to a ten pound fish!
Seatrout have been steady, drifting and casting along the edges of the flats in front of Flamingo. Redfish, Black Drum and Sheepshead are all possibilities up in the East Cape Canal.
Looking forward to fishing with you all!
Capt. Ron Howell
As the new year unfolds the reality of Grouper fishing season in Islamorada being closed kicks in. Of course now that we can’t keep them we have been seeing nice ones come up off the bottom.
While Grouper may be out of season, a great photo opt is not. If you’re lucky enough to catch one, topping off your fun fight with a photo helps make the catch and release procedure a bit easier. As one season closes another opens.
The Porgy fishing season opened up on January 1st and the Captain Michael is seeing a great haul on these tasty fish. People love our local yellow tail, but that’s probably because they haven’t feasted on our Porgies. They are some of the whitest fish fillets we get off our bottom bite. On a daily basis we have been catching Porgies in and around 3 lbs. The winds have been blowing steady this month, keeping some trips in nearshore waters. When this happens the water in Hawks Channel tends to get dirtier, making it a great area for a nice Mutton bite. If you have time before heading out on one of our trips, picking up some shrimp from our new Pro’s Choice Tackle shop should work well with the murkier waters produce by the wind. With fishing still being decent we are looking for the offshore bite to be steady once the winds lay down. We are expecting to find some quality fish once we start getting further offshore.
Our night trips have unfortunately been coming up short on enough anglers, meaning there are some nice yellow tails waiting to find a dinner plate. So come out and get in on our night bite. Aside from the fishing, our afternoon trips have been delivering some spectacular sunsets. Let us help you put some dinner on the table and we will even throw in a beautiful sunset with our afternoon trips. Tight lines and good fishing, hope to see everyone soon. Just remember…. you gotta hook `em to cook `em!
Capt. Edward Freeling III