It seems like every year blustery winds show up in time to make the Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament memorable. The last year I fished it, gust up to 65 knots came through while I was enjoying a prime rib sandwich at the dock. This year the winds were only 35 knots and I was having grits and eggs instead of prime rib.
A customer from New Jersey was down for a few days. Monday, I tried the rock piles in Hawk Channel with the winds only blowing 25 knots. The water was pretty messed up, so the bite was slow. We did manage a fair mess of good size lane snapper, but nothing to write home about.
Tuesday, I got with Captain Chris Moran and we tried the Sister Creek area where we were sheltered for the steady 30 knot winds with some sporty gusts. Even that was slower than normal, but we did manage a couple of keeper redfish and a rare for the creek Spotted Seatrout. The wind and the catch kind of reminded me of March in Jacksonville. Hiding in the creeks was pretty much all we could do from January to the end of March up there.
What was good catching up there is pretty disappointing down here. Tomorrow, if the weather guy is right, winds should be down to 10 to 15 knots. So I may be able to post a few more Keys worthy photos.
Other than me, not too many people braved or stupided the winds to fish. Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.