The sailfish action has really started to turn on. You know sailfish season is here when you start hearing boats call in doubleheaders, tripleheaders and like us last week, a quad. We have been catching sails on every day trip. Yesterday we hooked up on 7 sails and caught almost as many. We have had several days were we caught 4 or 5 sailfish in a day. This is still the early part of the season, and hopefully the best is yet to come. Also while live baiting on the edge, there? s been some dolphin around. Anywhere from small schoolies to the nice 41 pounder we caught last weekend. That bull dolphin ate the long kite bait and jumped himself into exhaustion. He greyhounded from the long bait all the way past the boat without stopping. It was quite the sight. As one of the strangest catches off the kite, we caught a 35 pound African Pompano on the short kite bait off of Key Biscayne. There have also been a few kingfish around that have been eating flatline, deep baits and kite baits. The kings have definitely kept us busy in between the sailfish bites.
Not to be outdone, the night swordfish action has been great. We had a few nights that we caught our limit of 3 swordfish, and our best night was 4 swordfish (released one) out of 7 fish pulling drag. We had one night that we caught three swords, the smallest at 130 pounds and the biggest at 200 pounds. In my opinion, that?s pretty good, as all the fish were markers (100 pounds or more). In the last 6 trips, we caught 16 swordfish and had 28 fish pulling drag. It started to slow down on our last trip, and this week is forecasted for lots of NE winds which is great for sailfishing, but can make it bumpy for fishing for swords in the Gulfstream. That should be perfect thought, as this wind dies down, we will be in a good moon phase and hopefully the action will pick right back up.
As you can see, we are having a great start to our winter season. If you have friends or are coming down for the holidays (either Thanksgiving or Christmas) book your trips now, as we are already getting reservations. We have also gotten some good responses on our 12 hour sailfish/swordfish combo. Call for more details!
Tight Lines and Good Fishing,
Capt. Dean Panos