Besides sailfish, there have been only a few dolphin around and some kingfish in shallow. There have also been a few cobias in hawkís channel and just a few cobias on the edge. We have done well with big dolphin in Jan and Feb and hope the big bulls show up soon. We are also hoping for a stray yellowfin tuna and even a white marlin as January is known for both of these fish to show up on occasion in Miami.
Night fishing has been a good or bad depending upon what you are fishing for. The evening swordfishing has not been very good now for bout 3 weeks. We went swording one night and never got a bite. I know of another captain who went last night with similar results and also another crew went the week before with no bites as well. I really think this will change as the winter months are usually outstanding as long as the weather is good. On the other hand daytime swording is OK. There have been a few big fish caught including a 575 pound sword caught a week or so ago. The action at night that has been very good has been tarpon fishing along the beaches. I havenít gone yet but do have two tarpon trips booked in the next few days. Almost all the boats are catching a few with some boats getting 5 or 6 bites in a few hours.
I still have dates open for the end of January and have about a dozen days left in February. I also have sailfish tournament dates open. Whether it is tarpon, sails, swords, or tournament fishing, give me a call and letís go catch some fish!
Capt. Dean Panos