Miami AmberjackFirst I would like to start off by wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. I would also like to take a second and thank all of my customers who have become like family over the past 10 years. Thanks for spending your precious time with me.
Now let’s get to the action! November continues to provide great action on the water. The only let down we have really had in November are the tarpon. As I run the beach in the morning I haven’t seen any real big schools of tarpon showing up. I have also talked to other guides that have not had any real solid and consistent action on them. My advice to you would be to hold off on the tarpon trips right now until the action becomes more consistent.

What has been chewing have been the sailfish. We have caught sailfish on almost every trip except one. We also had several trips where we had multiple fish. Most of our fish have come on the kite and the flat lines. As I write this report the weather is in the 70’s and a brisk wind is blowing from the north. Those are classic sailfish conditions and they should only continue to improve as the year continues.
In my last report I mentioned that the bottom bite was very good and that has definitely NOT changed. On some trips the bottom rod has provided more than 70 percent of the action that we experienced.
The most consistent bottom bite has been the amberjack. These fish range anywhere from 10-50#’s. On a recent trip we caught 8 of these “reef donkeys” as they are known. My customers were begging for mercy. Now I don’t fish for the AJ’s all day but I will catch a few so that everyone has a chance at reeling something in especially when you have a big group of people. In addition to the amberjack there have been a bunch of mutton snapper hitting the decks of the “Lucky Vee”.

These fish range from 5-10#’s. On most trips I’m averaging about 2-3 fish. We have also caught our fair share of yellow jacks. These hard fighting great tasting fish have been a welcome addition to the fish box.
Kingfish have been steady. We are catching some on every trip but not anything really big or in any great number. Most of the fish range from 10-20#’s. But that will change soon because the closer we get to December the bigger the fish will fat as they feed on Spanish mackerel. The mahi fishing has been all over the place. One minute they are on the reef in 40′ of water and the next they are in 500′ of water but they are around. As you work your way offshore keep your eyes open for showering ballyhoo as they seem to be very focused on that particular bait.

Well that is all for now as always please keep our men and women of the armed services as well as our first responders in your prayers. It is because of the job they do we are able to enjoy our holiday. Many of these same men and women will not be able to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving. May God bless them and their families and may God bless the United States of America, Happy Thanksgiving.

Until next time, best of luck…
Captain Gil Gutierrez