The new vessel is here and what a beast! It is everything that I was hoping for and more. Top end is lightning fast; she cruises at an easy 40 knots and burns 1.1 mpg, which is what I used to burn on my other boat with a slower cruise and a smaller boat. There is a tremendous increase in cockpit space and the overall length of the boat is much bigger. It has a bigger console, bigger T-Top and just plain old feels a lot bigger. SeaVee did a great job with her. The electronics from Simrad are awesome and the stereo system from JL Audio is amazing. Itís been windy all week, but we have been fishing every day and what a better way to break her in. The triple 350 Verados move her through the biggest of waves without any issues. Truly a very impressive machine.
To make matters even better she is catching fish right of the bat. The wind has been out of the east at a good clip and that has pushed a lot of mahis onto the edge. That combined with the fact that there has been a ton of bait in 40 to 80 feet of water and the mahi fishing has been very good. Most of the fish are in with the bait so we have been looking in the shallower water and finding the mahis pushing up bait. Once we spot a shower we can quickly cast live baits and hook up with some very decent size mahis. Just a 100 yards or more offshore there has been a color change in about 100 feet of water and the sailfishing on the bluer side of the edge has been pretty good. We have been averaging 3 to 5 sailfish bites a day and with a cold front coming early next week, I think we are going to start seeing a lot more than that. Besides the sailfish and mahis, there are a few kingfish around as well as some decent size blackfin tunas, a few bonitas and a ton of small silky sharks. Putting everything in perspective, most days it has been non stop action with a pretty good variety of fish being caught.
This upcoming week is Thanksgiving week. I am booked all week long but due to a cancellation I have the weekend open as well as some days next week open as well. So if you have family in town and want them to see some great South Florida fishing give me a call. It is also getting close to Christmas and if you have that someone special in your life that you just cant find the perfect gift for, I do offer gift certificates which make a great gift. Now is the time to book your winter trips, so give me a call and lets set it up.
Happy Thanksgiving !!
Capt. Dean Panos