This is the time of year that all us sailfisherman have waited months for. We should be seeing the numbers of sailfish steadily increase and stay good all winter and spring. We should also expect good action from dolphin on the edge as well as kingfish and hopefully a wahoo or two. I did hear of two wahoo caught yesterday.
The swordfish bite has finally slowed down a bit, but that is mostly due to the moon phase and should pick right back up this week. Not many boats have been out this past week and a half due to the NE winds and bigger seas in the Gulfstream. There were several very big fish caught earlier this month. The biggest one that I heard that was actually weighed on a scale was 383 pounds and that was caught by a good friend of mine Ė Drew, who also happens to run the Dark Side of the Moon Swordfish Tournament. Congrats to Drew and Steve. I did have a very good client down from Connecticut a week and a half ago and we went swordfishing two times. The first night we had two fish on, including one that was grey hounding all over the ocean. Unfortunately the hook didnít stay put on either fish. The next night was worse as we ended up not getting a bite the entire night. That hasnít happened in a while, and as a charterboat captain, it is not a good feeling. Fortunately, John, my client has swordfished with us quite a bit and has seen some good action with us. I made it up to him with some incentives and he is coming down again in a month.
Now is the time to book your winter trips. We also have a few of the sailfish tournaments open again. We did have one client book us for all the sailfish tournaments this year but had to back out since he just bought a new sportfisherman and is obligated to fish on that boat. So, if youíre interested in some tournament action or simply want to go have some fun on the water, give me a call and letís go catch-em.
Capt. Dean Panos