Miami Winter Fishing in Full Swing
Now that the holidays and new year have come and gone it is time to focus on the fishing again. Even though it’s been a while since I posted a fishing report, we’ve been catching quite a few fish. Our catches have included: sailfish, mahi, kingfish, mutton snapper, and grouper just to name a few. Inshore the tarpon fishing has been on the slow side around the inlets so I haven’t really been pushing these trips right now. On the bright side, there have been a few snook around both in the evening and daytime hours.
Offshore the sailfish action has been a bit sporadic but we have been getting at least a shot or two on most trips. The main culprit to the inconsistent sail sailfishing has been the lack of blue water and strong north current. On some days the blue water edge has been out pretty deep forcing us to choose between catching a couple of sails on the edge or catching a variety of fish in shallower waters. Hopefully, the conditions will continue to improve as the water temperatures continue to dip.
Another real pleasant surprise has been the amount of mahi. It seems like every time you think they’re gone they reappear. Most of the mahi we are catching these days are falling for live baits dangling off kites and intended for sailfish. We have also caught many of them on flat lines during calmer conditions. One thing that I noticed on a recent trip was how the dolphin seemed to have a preference for the larger baits, especially goggle eyes. On a recent trip we caught at lease ten really nice dolphin along with a few sharks.
Speaking of sharks, we have been catching sharks on almost every trip. Most of the sharks have been small but we have caught some larger hammerheads as well as a large silky shark that we estimated at about 200 lbs. We have also been loosing fish to sharks on the bottom rod as well as getting cut off by them on a regular basis. I could only imagine what would happen if we actually targeted them.
Kingfish action has been a bit disappointing so far this winter. Although we’ve caught several nice ones, it seems like the numbers are now what they should be. I’m hoping that with the present cooler weather and dipping temperatures this will change. The same cooler weather and strong cold fronts should also push more sailfish down our way.
Finally, if you’re new to tarpon fishing or would like to learn more about it. I’ll be conducting a seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Miami (Dolphin Mall) on Saturday, February 27th. More information will be available on my Facebook page as it becomes available. Even though the topic is tarpon, I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have. Hope to see everyone there.
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