Besides sailfish, we have also found some nice dolphin. Besides the smaller schoolies that normally swim up to the kite baits, we have caught several fish between 20 to 50 pounds. We went daytime swordfishing the other day and saw three large dolphin cruising by. We caught two of the three fish. They were 25 to 30 pounds each. We actually fought the bigger bull of about 45 pound for over 30 minutes. We had it on the gaff when the big fish jumped off the gaff and broke the line. It was a bit but heartbreaking to lose a fish of this caliber that we fought for so long, but we did catch the two others and also caught a daytime sword at the end of the day. As far as swordfish, I did one other daytime trip since the Last report and we did catch one then as well. We also did one nighttime trip and we caught a swordfish that night as well. We have another nighttime trip tomorrow night, so hopefully we’ll get lucky again.
We are now starting to get into the best time of year to fish in South Florida. Besides the consistent sailfish action that we have had, we are now going to start seeing more kingfish and bigger ones as well, the blackfin tunas will show up and so will the larger dolphin. Besides those three, we will have better shots at cobia and possibly wahoo as well. The bigger amberjacks will also show up on the wrecks. This is my favorite time to fish as you can catch some fish for dinner as well as some sailfish to release.
With that said, now is the time to book your spring trips and also to book your summer trips for the Bahamas. I will start heading back over to the Bahamas next month and will hopefully spend some time there this summer. The fishing rules have been changed back and are better suited for the vesting anglers.
Capt. Dean Panos