As the title says fall is in full swing in Miami. That means palm fronds are changing color and falling on beautiful clean beaches lined by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic. As much of the country is already getting hit by snow, the air and water temperature, in Miami, is hoovering in that eighty degree range. That falling water temperature in unison with the cooler ambient temperature has really sparked up the fishing. Couple those cooler temperatures with the prevailing winds from the north to easterly quadrant and the fish are all over the reef.
We have not had to make any long runs offshore to find dolphin. You can actually spot them working in 60-100 feet of water as they hunt down schools of ballyhoo that give away their position by jumping to avoid the marauding dolphin. Many of the schoolie mahi we caught on the reef have weighed anywhere from 10-20 pounds, a nice average. The nice thing about the mahi being in on the reef and not 15-20 miles offshore is that it affords us the opportunity to fish for other things. The sailfish have definitely shown up. It seems that the sailfish season has gotten off to a quick start which is a little surprising since we really have not had any real cold fronts push down our way just yet, but I’m not complaining!
In addition to the sailfish and mahi the bottom fishing has also been good. This is the time of year where we start to get those 5-10 pound mutton snapper moving in on the reef. Muttons are some of the best eating fish and one of my personal favorites to catch. A live pilchard, ballyhoo or ballyhoo plug should get you hooked up. The kingfish have been decent. We have been catching a couple on almost every trip. This time of year we catch a bunch of smaller school size kings. But mixed in and feeding upon those small kingfish and Spanish mackerel are larger kings in the 20-40 pound range. Although we have not gotten any 40 pounders yet it is only a matter of time. Well folks that is for now. If you would like to get out on the water give me a call and let’s go fishing. The weather is beautiful and the fish are biting. As always please keep our service men and women and first responders in your prayers. Till next time Best of Luck…
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Capt. Gil Gutierrez