The next week I fished on my boat and we had some great groups and some awesome trips. This time of year is all about variety. Some groups want to target sailfish, other groups want dolphin and other groups simply want to catch fish and bend the rods. One trip comes to mind as we tried a lot of different things in one day and all of them produced. We started the day with the kites and quickly caught a beautiful sailfish. The kites came in and I dropped on a wreck and we caught some big amberjacks. It was back to the kites for the afternoon and we caught a doubleheader of tunas and quite a few kingfish. As I was packing up the gear to go home, I still had one kite out and we had just missed a sailfish, when a see a 20 pound dolphin flying through the spread. We ended up catching that dolphin on the short kite bait and to beat it all the mahi was hooked in the tail.
I had two swordfish trips this past week, one trip was cancelled and another was changed to a late afternoon trip on the edge. That afternoon trip we caught quite a few kingfish, a few amberjacks and we pulled off a blackfin tuna next to the boat. Most of the reports for swordfish from this past winter have been slow, but I am finally starting to hear of swordfish being caught both at night and during the day. That is good news as I have a swordfish trip tomorrow night as well as a few more trips in the next week or so.
The weekends in May are pretty much booked up. I do have one weekend trip open, but I also have quite a few weekday trips open. This is the time of year that you donít have to take a day off from work to go fishing. We can leave as late as 4:00 pm and fish until dark and still get in 4 to 5 hours of fishing. Also May can be one of the best months for mahi-mahi offshore, blackfin tunas and kingfish on the edge, and we are still getting multiple shots at sailfish practically every day. Donít hesitate; book your trips now while the fishing is red hot!
Capt. Dean Panos