Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fun Fishing with the Boy Scouts

 Had back to back half days with a group of scouts down for the week.  We fished the Lil' Lady Catherine on the bay side and looked for the biggest mixed bag we could find.

We had to hunt a bit to find water that wasn't too churned up but managed two nice mixed boxes of lane mangrove and yellowtail snapper, speckled sea trout, spanish mackerel and were surprised by some large gaffstop sail catfish which are good on the table.  Added to the food fish were jack crevalle, ladyfish, bonnethead, lemon, sharpnose and blacktip sharks.  We managed to keep both groups pretty busy catching and hook enough larger fish to make it exciting.

The water temperature was 79 degrees according to the sonar so diving for lobster is still an option.  Either because of the warm water or the murkiness, the Spanish Mackerel were pretty finicky and wanted pretty much nothing but fresh whole ballyhoo.  Normally, any kind of strip bait will do but that produced next to nothing this time out.

It is still a bit windy on average so we haven't been temped to visit the ocean side in the smaller boat, but that side is producing for the larger boats.  Nothing is guaranteed but there have been some nice wahoo, tuna and dolphin brought to the dock along with plenty of yellowtail and mutton snapper plus good catches of grouper.  Sailfish had been a big story but haven't seen many reports the last few days, but some guys have found cobia to take up the slack. 

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.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

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