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Fall Winter Fishing Report

The fall/winter season has been a productive one on the Reward Fleet!

Unlike last year, sailfish showed up early in good numbers and still are being caught on a daily basis. King mackerel, on the other hand, have been inconsistent. It seems that every time they show up, the porpoise are right with them! I can’t imagine a kingfish wanting to eat something while something is trying to eat it! Day fishing has been good for bonita, small Blackfin Tuna, Mutton snappers, and dolphin as well, depending on water and sea conditions. Amberjacks are more spring time fish, and Almaco jacks are being caught on a year round basis, especially on deeper wrecks. Thanks to the FWC’s grouper closure the last 2 years, we are seeing more small black and gag groupers than EVER before. This rule is working. We are catching them trolling plugs and large lures on the way out and back consistently, as well as on our standard bottom rigs. Night fishing has been great this whole year, and in particular, Yellowtail fishing has been excellent. It seems to be a secret that there are plenty of yellowtail to be caught off greater Miami. We rarely see other boats fishing for them. Many night trips we have limits caught of yellowtails, and routinely catch them in the daytime on the reef line, usually from 80 to 110 feet of water. We hope to see some of you folks out on the Reward Fleet soon. There is no better way to go deep sea fishing than on a party boat. Let’s face it, $40 or $50 to get out on the open sea for a 4 hour trip is not so expensive, and, you never know what you may see or catch! Also keep in mind that we offer custom group charter for MORE THAN 6 PASSENGERS, which can make a private family outing very economical. For more information, call our office at 305-372-9470.

I’d like to thank all the wonderful people that have used the Reward Fishing Fleet’s services for 2012. The fact that more people are fishing and taking their kids fishing than in the last 5 years shows that in the face of ever restrictive regulations ( a good thing!) people still love to go fishing. Our Facebook page (Reward Fishing Fleet) has grown from only 30 “friends” a year ago to nearly 500! Keep a watch on our page for cool photos as well as upcoming events!

Captain Wayne Conn