Report Date: December 3, 2003
Good fishing comes from bad weather. It has been a good week for catching, but you have to pay a price for the seasonal changes in the fishing. On Friday we had Eddie and his dad out for some bottom fishing. They got some vermillion snappers, small grouper assorted jacks and a nice 35 pound amberjack to exercise Eddie?s muscles.
Saturday was a blowout, but Sunday the wind dropped enough for Sandy and Don to get in some hot mackerel and jack fishing. They caught mackerel and jacks on live bait, plugs, spoons and all classes of fly tackle from 4 pound test to 15 pound. Sandy?s mackerel on fly was her first catch on fly tackle. We were all proud of that catch! It was great action for several hours. When that action slowed, we moved offshore to the edge of the reef, where we caught a king mackerel, 8 pound mutton snapper and a nice sailfish to end the day.
Tuesday we had a good day with several dolphin to 25 pounds, a couple sailfish and several king mackerel. Wednesday started out with winds like the rest of the week, N to NE 15 to 20 knots. By noon it was NE at 25 to 30 knots. The only way to fish was anchored. We already had a bunch of kings to 14 pounds. As soon as we anchored, we started seeing sailfish. First a single tailing down a sea. It came up on a bait, turned black to feed and a small dolphin ate the bait. Then a sail in the live chum. No bite. Then a unseen strike on the kite produced a sailfish of about 5 pounds. What a beautiful fish! If you ever catch one of these baby sails, do not bill it! The skull will crack from the leverage of holding the fish by the bill. These little guys should be grabbed by the tail for a photo or not taken out of the water at all. Only minutes latter we got a full grown sailfish on a flatline bait. Then came a nice 25 pound African pompano. During our time at anchor, dolphin would swim up every few minutes to inspire a little chaos before moving on. We kept several and released more. It was a really nice day of catching, but a little bumpy.
It looks like plenty of wind for the next several days. If we get a break in the wind look for lots of mackerel near shore and kings sail and dolphin in 75 to 150 feet of water. The season for catching is here. We still have a couple openings on Bouncer?s Dusky 33 over the next couple months, call or e-mail for reservations.
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