I had so many great days on the water last year; I donít know which ones to mention. Some that stand out from last year were: my daughters first Blue Marlin, the advent of the daytime swordfishing including the 2 swordfish we caught over 500 pounds, the big 105 pound White Marlin, the 414 pound swordfish at night caught on my birthday, the 350 pound Blue Marlin caught while daytime swordfishing, our first place finish in the Fisher Island Sailfish Tournament, fishing quite a few tournaments with my daughter., countless sailfish making many customers happy and fishing with some great people throughout the year. I donít know how we can top last year, but I can guarantee you we are going to try.
Now to the fishing part. We spent a lot of time in December fishing for swordfish both during the day and at night. A lot of this was done, because our big push of sailfish just havenít made it this far south yet, but with the coldest of fronts just sweeping through our area, we are bound to have these sailfish in our waters very soon if they havenít already arrived with the front. As I am typing this report, I am sitting in my office dressed in a jacket, sweatpants and a hat Ė Thatís how cold it is (for us Floridians anyway). The daytime swordfishing has been great. Our largest fish since my last report was a bit over 350 pounds. Besides that one, we have caught several swords between 200 and 300 pounds. The night swordfishing has been very good as well. We went a few times since the last report and caught fish on every trip. Our last two trips we caught three swordfish on each trip. The size of the fish at night has been good as well. We caught several fish in the 200 -250 pound range and one night we lost a monster.
Fishing on the edge has been OK Ė but slow for December. We have caught sailfish, dolphin and some kingfish. We caught a nice blackfin tuna one day and have also done some wreck fishing for big amberjacks.
Now is the time to book your trips for the winter. Whether it is sailfish, swordfish (day or night), evening tarpon trips, or simply to have a great day on the water, give me a call and letís set up that trip.
P.S. Sailfish season is here and with sailfish season comes sailfish tournaments. I am booked for a few tournaments so far, but have a few open as well. If you would like to try your hand at a tournament, please give me a call.
Capt. Dean Panos