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March Report

Are we still waiting for winter? Give it up. Ain’t going to happen.

The winter fishery wasn’t as strong as we would have liked, that’s for sure.

Sailfishing is just now getting good. This week we’ve seen them every trip. We hope that they keep coming!

Kingfish made “fake” runs, with a few trips in a row being strong, but fading quickly. The good news is that Captain Chris caught a few large ones this week, maybe signaling the start of the spring run. Historically these fish bite better in the afternoon. Spanish mackerel were up to par from about October through December. Most of these fish were caught in 15 to 30 feet of water by trolling small feathers or plugs, or on live pilchards.

Amberjacks, Almaco jacks and groupers have made a better than average showing. The jacks were on all the local wrecks from 160 to 450 feet of water. Live pinfish as well as vertical jigs on braided line worked awesome! The full moon of this month should signal the beginning of the real jack season. Hopefully we will be able to catch them (and release many) at will. These fish are great fighters, and deserve to be released to fight another day. The groupers are closed until May 1. We will be running some “Super Grouper” trips at that time to target them. Call the office at 305 3729470 for info and to reserve.

Night fishing has also had it’s ups and downs, but consistently provided ample action with yellowtails, small bluefish,muttons and blue runners.

As always, when the wind was blowing we caught nice sized dolphin. This should pick up this month, as well as the Black fin Tuna. We’ve had several the past two weeks up to about 30 pounds. The smaller black fins from 2 to 8 pounds have been hit or miss, with small pilchards as well as vertical jigging working well.

The Reward Fleet is offering it’s first Summer Camp. Working with the Fish and Conservation Trust as well as FWC and our local Sea Grant office, we will have 9 weeks of camp for kids 8 to 13 years of age. The hours will be 8:30am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Educational topics will be boating safety, FWC rules and regulations, ethical angling concepts as well as different fishing techniques each day previous to the daily fishing trip. Catch and release is the theme, with limited take allowed.

Be sure to get your kids signed up early! Call the office for more details and to reserve your spots.

Hope to see you soon, lets go fishing!

Captain Wayne