Hello again to all of our loyal followers, fisherman, and fellow tarpon feeders. Captain Ed from the Captain Michael party boat bringing you this month’s reef fishing report. We saw some quality days in October where the fish finally seemed like they wanted to bite. The fall winds are starting to pick up helping to “dirty” the water, which is a huge help when yellow tail fishing. The better the visibility the harder yellow tail fishing becomes. The fall winds help push sediments through the water helping to reduce the visibility.
Along with the fall season, the wind also helps to cool down the water and push some of our pelagic fish back in town. We have been seeing a few sailfish come up and check out the baits swimming in our chum slick, having live baits on hand will be key for any hopeful sailfish hook ups. We try and throw the cast net whenever fresh bait starts swimming behind the boat. We throw a 12ft cast net on the party boat, which when thrown properly is a pretty cool feat to watch. Plus it helps keep live bait on board and gives us the freshest bait for the best of chances. The fresh bait really helps when we try looking for some Kingfish. We have caught a few already in October yet the kingfish bite should really start to pick up with the water temp dropping and the northerly winds pushing in.
Lastly we have seen a solid bite on the mutton snappers, not all have been keepers but this fish fights like a tank. Not every hookup may be a keeper but it sure adds some fun on the end of your line. Speaking of fun, we want everyone to join in with us. So give Jessica and Charlie in our ticket booth a call and put some reservations in to come see us. If your fishing needs are a little more personal and advanced our ticket booth can help set you up with the right private charter to give you the ultimate experience you’re looking for.
Until next time always remember… You gotta hook em to cook em!
Captain Ed Freeling
Guess who? It’s Capt Chris knocking on your door from the Happy Cat snorkel boat with your November snorkeling report. Wow! October handed us a little bit of everything, from windy days and not so great visibility to a throwback of those awesome summer days with flat calm seas, great visibility, and let’s not forget those fabulous sunsets. We stayed pretty busy and did our best to get everyone out there in spite of some unfavorable conditions here and there. The weather should start cooling off a bit and we are hopeful those nuisance moon jelly fish will start heading out of here as well as those pesky skeeters. We should be kicking off our Island Heritage Tours soon which take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with trips to Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. Now that the days are getting much shorter, the sunset trips will not be available, however join us for some snorkeling on Alligator Reef and Cheeca Rocks, there’s plenty to see and all of your equipment is included. The Happy Cat departs at 8:45 am, noon and 3 pm for the snorkel trips. Give the ticket booth a call to reserve and always confirm scheduling and weather conditions as Mother Nature doesn’t like to spoil us all the time. Well everyone, that about does it for me… Until next month. Come on down to Robbie’s Marina. Cause we’ve got it going on!
Captain Chris Muller
With November comes the kick start of our winter fisheries. By now the mahi-mahi offshore have moved on, so we concentrate our efforts inshore on the reefs and wrecks. We are catching yellowtail, grouper, mutton, cobia, king mackerel, and sailfish inshore with the occasional black fin tuna and wahoo. We use a combination of dead bait and live bait; we also do a combination of bottom fishing and kite fishing. The winter also brings Spanish mackerel to the gulf of Mexico, for us this type of fishing is a lot of fun on ultra light tackle as well as cobia, king mackerel, and snapper plus the abundance of sharks to play around with. In the right conditions you can even sight fish for triple tail in the Gulf. So as you can see our winter fisheries have a great variety and plenty of options for you to always put together a great catch. So give us a call and set up your charter today, or sign up for one of our split charters and save some money. I hope to see you soon on the Blue Heaven.
Captain Skye Stanley