February Fishing Report

February 01, 2017 by Jesse Gawlik

Trip Info

The Catch
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Bluefin)
Wahoo
Summary

OFFSHORE REPORT:

Bluefin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel and Wahoo. Bluefin tuna have been caught along the beach front. Slow trolling horse ballyhoo has been the bait of choice for the bluefin. Look for diving birds, whales and ball of bait.

Out in the Gulfstream most of the action for us and other local fisherman has been along ledges in 30 to 40 fathoms.  Using #12 planner on your planner rod with a Fathom Skirted ballyhoo has been the ticket for catching Wahoo. High Speed Trolling for Wahoo has really pickup for us. Your speed should be 9-14 knots using 32-48 oz trolling weight with 30 ft 200 lbs leader followed by a skirt rig or drone spoon. Best color combinations for Wahoo are pink/white, black/purple, blue/white have all worked.

Blackfin can been found in 20-40 along the break line. Fathom Half Pint skirt rigs have worked the best. Best color combinations black/purple, dark blue, on cloudy days and dark green skirt with sliver head on sunny days.  Dark green skirt rigs have worked the best. Must of our Blackfin have been caught off the outside outriggers or on the shotgun rods.  Set well back from the boat out of the white water. They can be caught in the same depths 30-40+ fathoms.

NEARSHORE REPORT:

King Mackerel are being caught in 65-100 ft of water or were the water temp is at least 68 degrees. Look for diving birds and bait marking on top of structure to find the majority of the fish. King Mackerel bite is best about 20+ miles off the beach. The king bite has heated up, fishing live bait or slow trolling dead cigar minnows has been very effective with many of the kings in the 10-15 lb. range, we have caught a few bigger kings in the same area. We have also caught a lot of kings on Drone/ECO spoons on #2 planner with 30 ft 50 lbs leaders. We catch must of our Kings during the tide switch. From high tide to low tide has been the best bit. The kings in this area are weighing in on average between 20-25 lbs.

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