Besides sailfish, there are still a few dolphin around, but that has slowed down compared to December. Last week there were also quite a few large wahoo caught. I didnít get any, but quite a few of my buddies did. Depending on where you fish, the kingfish can either be everywhere or non existent. For the most part, the kings have been very small. Most wonít even make minimum size so they can be a real nuisance when you are strictly sailfishing.
This past week or so, a few boats have also caught white marlin. The whites have been mixed in with the sails. A fellow captain, Jimbo, hooked a tripleheader. The triple was two sailfish and a white marlin. This month and next is typically when you have a shot at a white marlin. Quite a few years ago, we would catch a white every year around February. I havenít caught a white marlin in Florida in quite some time, so I am ready.
With the windier weather, I have had some swordfish trips get cancelled, but once the weather breaks and the schedule allows, I will be out here targeting swordfish. We did go tarpon fishing one night and caught two out of three. The tarpon were actually decent size. One was around 100 pounds and the other one was about 80 pounds.
In a few days, I am heading to the keys to fish a sailfish tournament in Islamorada. I only have two open dates in January, but do have some dates in February and March, so give me a call and letís set up that trip.
Capt. Dean Panos