January Brings Good Variety
Capt. Freddie David
February 3, 2015
Haulover Inlet - Saltwater Fishing Report
In the beginning of the month I did a few reef trips on the 40 ft. ledge off Sunny Isles. Bait was good so I decided to chum the same spot for a couple days. The ledge produced big Spanish and cero mackerel with a mix of kingfish, yellowtail snapper, sharks, and a small sailfish.
After the 40 foot spot slowed down I had some clients that desired to catch fish to eat. Golden tile fish opened on the 1st of January so we gave that a try. Within four drops we had our limit of four tile fish in the boat. I left a surface bait on top which later got inhaled by a 350 lb. silky shark.
Towards the middle of January I made my annual Bahama trip with a few friends of mine. We started the morning wahoo fishing which produced 7 up to 45 lbs. When the bite slowed down, myself and the crew caught several big mystic groupers up to 50 lbs. and plenty of yelloweye and queen snapper for dinner. The weather was beautiful and the fish were biting.
When I got back from the Bahamas I did a swordfish trip with a client of mine from Palm Beach. We fished for half a day and went 1-2 on swords with a couple big dolphin. One dolphin hit the kite and the other hit a flat line. The dolphin were ferocious eaters and made for a good challenge on the 20lb spinning outfits.
Sailfishing has been extremely slow this year up to a few days ago. After three hard northerly fronts, a strong edge, and north current these fish were on the move. I was lucky to be out there the first day they poured through. In 6 hours of fishing we saw over 35 sailfish and caught 10. There was a big north swell and most all of the fish were caught sight fishing.
We are now reaching peak sailfish season in South Florida. Feb.-May is a great time to put up numbers. Tarpon and snook are also in season as the shrimp are starting to run. We drift Biscayne Bay and the beach at night using live shrimp for bait. Bahamas is also fun option if you have a group of people that would like to relax, swim, gamble, and of course fish.
Whatever it is you would like to catch I will try my best to accommodate your needs.
Captain Fred David
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