Spring Has Sprung-and the Bite is OnPosted on: March 13, 2019
Spring is here, folks! This means the return of the bait schools on the reef and plenty of species to feed upon them. I expect the sailfish bite to continue to be solid as we have had a nice north current the past few days. The Kingfishing and Shark Fishing is red-hot! NOW is the time to book your saltwater fishing adventure!
Sportfishing Report: Sailfish Continue to be Active
The Sailfish continue to stay in the area and are feasting on nearly every bait that we throw at them! Our clients have been catching and releasing large numbers of Sailfish as we fish live baits underneath our fishing kites.
Kite-fishing is a truly amazing and engaging experience as you get to see the Sailfish AS THEY EAT the bait. Nothing gets the blood pumping like watching a double- or triple-header Sailfish bite up on the surface.We can fish up to three (3) live baits per kite, with at least two (2) kites up at any one time. We’re fishing between 90 and 250 feet of water. We’ve also had luck shallower than 90 feet.
When there is not enough wind to keep the kites in the air, we can also slow troll live baits such as Pilchards, Ballyhoo, Blue Runners and Goggle Eyes as well as troll our specially-crafted mullet strips.
Tunas and Kingfish are Tearing up the Baits
King Mackerel (‘Kingfish”) have also set up shop on and near the reefs to pounce on our unwary kite baits and trolled baits and they have only gotten thicker – and hungrier. Kingfish have teeth that are more like surgical scalpels and they fight hard, which is why we call them “smokers” – they will smoke your drag on scorching runs once they’re hooked. When they’re not crushing our live baits under the kite or slow-trolled, Kingfish have also been responding to our strip baits trolled below the surface on planers along with as Islanders with ballyhoo in both the blue/white and red/black color combinations. We’ve been finding the Kingfish in between 70 and 150 feet of water.
Don’t Forget About the Wahoo!
Wahoos have also shown up to crush our kite baits and our Kingfish baits trolled behind planers. The only thing better than the screaming drags and intense fights with Wahoo are how Wahoo taste on your dinner table!
Sharks, Sharks and More Sharks!
The shark fishing is epic right now! Big Hammerhead Sharks are very active and we’re also getting shots at exotic Thresher Sharks. check out this picture of a huge Thresher that we caught just last week!
We continue to put clients on other big shark species such as Caribbean Reef Sharks, Blacktips and Silky Sharks. The best shark baits continue to be either a live Bonito or dead Bonito or Kingfish dropped down in 300 feet of water.
Drift Fishing Report: It’s a Snapper Avalanche
On the Lois Ann, we are running 3 trips daily and consistently getting into some nice snappers, especially the Mutton Snappers. We can’t keep our baits away from them. They’re everywhere! Using a small jig head and a live or dead shrimp has been working best.
For only $45, come on aboard and test your skill. Remember all ages and experience levels are always welcome. We have a captain and mate on board to help you at all times. Most of the time we want you to catch fish more than you do!
Don’t forget about giving the Gift of Fishing to the angler in your family. Give us a call and we’ll take care of everything. Just tell us the denomination of the Gift Certificate. Keep in mind that our Gift Certificates can be honored when booking any of the vessels in the Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet!
That’s the report for now. We are just about ready to get back out there for our 1:00pm trip. I heard this morning there have already been some Sailfish caught and the Kingfish are tearing up the baits. Bring your sunscreen and hats, as it is sunny and beautiful the rest of the week. We have had a lot of large groups lately. This time of the year, the Spring Break crowd is in town and we are booking fast. We are the only boat in the area that can take more than 6 people on one single boat, so please give us a call as soon as you know your dates.