Even as busy as it has been, I have gone through the entire boat and replaced or cleaned up anything that seemed to be below par. SeaVee has built a great boat and I didn?t have to do much but a few minor things such as electrical outlets etc. The boat is also scheduled for a complete detailing once we find some time. All in all, I believe we have taken our charter service to the highest level possible and look forward to fishing with all our old and our new customers for years to come.
I would also like to thank George Poveromo for selecting me to be one of the speakers in his Salt water Sportsman Seminar Series in Hollywood Florida. I attended this seminar yesterday and I had a great time. I hope that everyone that attended it got some good information from the speakers!
Now to the fishing! The sailfishing has been exceptionally good for the entire year. We have had only one trip since December that we haven?t caught at least one sailfish per day. This past week the wind was very light, but we still managed sailfish on every trip and often had 6 or 8 shots a day. We have been finding the sails anywhere from Pacific Reef to Government Cut. For the ones that have fished with me in the past, although gasoline at the marina is very expensive, we will run as far as it takes to put you on fish. This may mean we might not make that much profit, but hopefully you will return and stay a Double D Charters customer. There have also been quite a few kingfish around. One day this past week (Friday) you could not toss out a live bait more than 30 feet from the boat, without it getting nailed by a king. The kings haven?t been huge in size, but they are definitely here in numbers.
One more item that I need to mention is that now is the time to book your Bahamas trips. I am almost entirely booked for most of June already. I do have the full moon in May open for the muttons in Bimini though. Yellowtail fishing is also very good all summer long and I have dates open for those. This year we also plan on concentrating a bit more on the groupers and perhaps some of the shallow wrecks on the Bahama Bank.
I don?t have any other sailfish tournaments open this year except for the World Sailfish Tournament in Key West in April. If anyone is interested in that one please give me a call.
February was a phenomenal month. We ended up doing close to 40 charters that month (Best month ever). March is getting pretty booked up, but I do have open dates for April and May - so give me a call and lets go fishing!
Capt. Dean Panos