Our best day sailfishing was Thursday of last week where we caught 13 sailfish out of 19 bites. All the sailfish where multiples, where we had anywhere from 2 to 4 sailfish on at one time. That is really what I enjoy the most - when you have a bunch of sailfish on at the same time. Everyone always asks how big the sailfish are and my response is that most sailfish are 30 – 50 pounds, but we are more concerned with how many we catch in one day rather than how big they are. With that said, we did catch a sailfish two days ago that was every bit of 90 pounds. It was a huge sailfish that measured 95 inches overall length. We release all our sailfish and rarely take them out of the water, but we did measure this fish (in the water) to see how big it was prior to releasing it. I expect the sailfish bit to be as good if not better in the next few months and we should start seeing larger dorado as well.
Besides sailfish, we caught that cobia that I mentioned as well as numerous kingfish and dolphin. We did hook a yellowfin tuna one day, but didn’t manage to catch it. The colder weather has slowed the tarpon fishing down a bit along the beaches, but there are plenty of tarpon in the bay. The water temp is slowly getting warmer, which means we are going to have red hot tarpon action along the beach.
Nobody has been swordfishing, but the wind is starting to die down for the weekend, I am sure we’ll have some good reports to post.
If you haven’t planned your sailfish trip yet, do so as soon as you can as February is almost completely booked and March is starting to fill in.
Capt. Dean Panos