Sail fishing in Miami is still very steady. With the right wind we are getting anywhere from 2-4 shots a day. Bottom fishing is also very good. We are catching some great eating mutton snappers and on May 1 grouper season opens. Spring time fishing is some of the best fishing in Florida so if you want to get in on the action give me a call and let’s set up some dates.
The sailfish are here we are averaging 1-3 shots on every trip. In addition to the sails we are also catching grouper, snapper and kings. Here are just a few pics from our last trip.
The sailfish are starting to move into our area. We are getting shots on every trip that we have targeted them. Give me a call to set up a trip and catch that fish of a lifetime.
The sailfish are starting to show up. We are catching some right now and the season should only get better as we move forward. Please follow us on Facebook @ Lucky Fishing Charters. We are also on Instagram for up to the minute reports and pictures.
As many of you know it’s been a crazy couple of weeks in Florida. Thankfully, much of Miami was spared by hurricane Irma. Other than some downed tree limbs we were pretty much none the worse for wear. Luckily, my boat was put inside the barn at my marina and much of the marina suffered little or no damage. Miami for all intents and purpose is up and running as it always has.
I have done a couple trips since the hurricane and the results were pretty good. There has been a ton of debris all over the ocean and the Mahi have taken full advantage of it. The only problem is that not all of the debris you see will hold fish. We did manage to catch 25 Mahi-Mahi on my very last trip. There were so many fish around my boat we called in another captain who also limited out.
The reef has also been good. On my trip before the Mahi trip we did a reef trip where we got 10 kings, 2 muttons, amberjack, and an 11 � # Margate. So you see, there are fish around all you have to do is go out and get’um!
So give me a shout if you want to get out there and do some fishing and get away from all the craziness. I always end my reports asking God to protect and bless our first responders and the men and women of the armed services; I also want to thank them for their service to our nation and to our community.
Until next time, Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez
Well I’m not going to lie; it’s been a rough week both literally and figuratively! The fishing in Miami could not be any better but yet heartbreak abounds, let me explain. The fishing in Miami is about as good as it gets. We have been catching and releasing (not by choice) some nice fish. I don’t think I can recall a year where I have seen or heard more about yellowfin and Bluefin tuna in our waters.
Unfortunately this is where the heartbreak comes into the story. Last week we had 4 shots at yellowfin tunas in just 2 days of fishing! One of these fish was between 70-80 pounds. We got a clear look at the fish and that would be the last look we would get at him. My customer diligently fought the fish for 3 hours on 20 pound tackle. Sadly, a slight momentary lapse in concentration caused us to lose the fish. The other 2 fish chewed through the leader and the last fish broke the main line which I believe to be hit by another fish while we were fighting him.
So even though we had our shots we came up on the losing end but I will tell you one of the coolest things is to watch these tunas eat a bait off the kite. Hopefully we will get another shot. This is fishing and just like life it doesn’t always go your way. Like I always say I tell you the good, the bad and the ugly and losing those fish was downright hideous and heartbreaking!
Now onto the good news, the sailfish bite is very good. We fished a 6 hour trip and ended up going 6 for 7 on sailfish in addition to some big amberjacks and a shark. If we could have gone a full day we probably would have ended up in double digits. Most of those fish were caught by a 10 and 12 year old angler so that was cool. We have been getting multiple shots on each trip so if sailfish is your species let’s get out there and see what we can do. The sail fishing should remain steady for the next couple of months.
Grouper season finally opened on May 1 and we were able to cash in. Now we can legally keep all those beautiful groupers we had to throw back. Most of our groupers have been gags with some black groupers thrown in the mix. In addition to the groupers the mutton snappers have not disappointed. Customers are taking home a couple on most every trip. These are some of the best tasting fish in the ocean. Summer is not that far off and when the water heats up and the kite tackle gets put away we break out the bottom gear and it’s time to get to work.
Amberjack are still chewing well but after a couple of these bruisers my customers say “No Mas” and we move on. The amberjack are still pretty consistent and will remain so as we move into summer.
The mahi-mahi are a little hit and miss right now but that will improve the deeper we get into summer. While waiting for the sailfish to bite the kingfish have been filling in the gaps. But one of the sure signs we are getting closer to summer is the arrival of the bonitos. We caught more this past week then I can remember. They are not a good eating fish but they are fun on light tackle. But mixed in with those bonitos are some good sized blackfin tunas! Fish ranging anywhere from 20-30 pounds! Now these are hard fighting and excellent eating. The best part is that you don’t have to get up early to fish we can do a late afternoon trip which is one of the best times to fish for them.
Well that is it for now. These next couple of months is some of the best to fish in Florida. This is the time of year that we start to get into big kingfish, mahi-mahi, and blackfin tuna. And when you add in some sailfish you just can’t go wrong!
So if you want to get in on the action give me a call and let’s set something up. As always may God bless and protect our armed service men and women our first responders and may God bless the U.S.A!
Till next time, Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez
It’s starting to feel a little like spring fishing is in the air! Cool mornings followed by warm afternoons have given the air a bit of a spring feeling to it. I have done a bunch of trips since my last report and the results have been good although it does seem like I’ve had to work a little harder than usual when the current decides to disappear and then reappear. But that hard work has yielded some good results.
The sailfish seem to have finally become more consistent. Right now we are getting 2-4 shots per day when we target them. The sailfish sure seem to be on the large size which may indicate that the female sailfish are starting to show. If you wanted to target sailfish now is the time. We caught several this past week that looked like rather healthy.
The bottom bite has definitely made things exciting for us. The amberjacks have taken over the wrecks and we are catching multiple fish on every trip. Our largest one since my last report was a brute that pulled the scale down to the 61# mark. We also had a couple of the fish in the 50# class. If you want to make your arms 3″ longer this is the fish to do it. We are catching these fish on stand up tackle so that customers get to really feel the power of this fish and they also get to practice their technique which I often stress on my trips. There is no need for a fighting chair when you use proper technique and appropriately sized tackle.
In addition to the amberjacks the grouper have also been biting well. Although, the season is closed they put up a great fight. We have been catching blacks, reds, and gag or gray groupers. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite fish, the mutton snapper. You can see by the pictures that we have caught some quality mutton snappers on our trips. The fish have ranged from the 8# mark up to 14#s. I still have May 1 available for the opening of grouper season so if you’re interested in catching some grouper and mutton snapper get ahold of me and let’s get that date booked.
As always in my reports I give you the good and the bad. Tarpon fishing is still extremely inconsistent. The tarpon just don’t seem to be there is any reliable number. Now given that bit of bad news it may change, but right now I just don’t have a tremendous amount of confidence in the tarpon fishing. Most of my customers have opted to just fish offshore where the odds are definitely stacked in our favor.
Now that we got the bad news out of the way let’s talk about what else is going on. There have been some blackfin tuna around. The majority of these tunas have been on the small side, 3-5# (I keep it honest folks), but there have been some bigger tunas mixed in. Now the reason I mention this is that in a short while we will start to see and hear of the bigger 25-30# class blackfin start to show up. I think this maybe a pretty good tuna season. There have also been some yellowfin tuna caught as of late pushing the 200# mark. Now, I have not personally caught one but I don’t think I have ever seen so many tunas, especially yellowfins, being caught. I even saw a video of several Bluefin tuna just offshore of the Miami area. That is why I get the feeling this maybe a great tuna season so stay tuned!
In addition to all the fish I just mentioned the kingfish have shown up in decent numbers with some fish pushing the 40# mark. Add in bonitos, sharks and the occasional cobia and you can see we have several options we can try.
Well that is it for now please remember to keep our men and women of our armed forces and our first responders in your prayers, until next time best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters
It’s been blowing to say the least! A nonstop east wind has been making for some lumpy seas but pretty decent fishing.
The high east winds have heated up the mahi-mahi bite. There have been some mahi-mahi on the reef as of late which is nice considering that you don’t have to make huge runs offshore to find some fine eating fish. Most of these mahi-mahi have been caught while kite fishing for sailfish. The sailfish bite has been good and we have been getting a shot at some on every charter. What has kept the sailfish bite from getting hot is the inconsistent north current and clean blue water. If these 2 factors lineup then the sailfish bite could really go off. Like I said we are getting our shots and catching our share of sailfish, but no huge numbers.
The bottom bite has been very good. We have been catching amberjack pushing the 40# mark. But once customers catch a couple of these fish they kind of wave a white flag and beg to catch something else. We have been catching these fish almost at will. Unfortunately, grouper season has closed until May 1. So you may want to consider that date if you would like to go grouper fishing. The muttons continue to hit the ice and some decent fish are being caught.
I’m waiting for the tarpon to move in decent numbers before I start posting reports about them. Once they are here then I will start taking some tarpon charters so stay tuned. The kingfish have also been biting pretty well. We have been catching them while trolling and live baiting in on the reef. So there you have a breakdown of what is happening right now. If you would like to get in on the action give me a call and let’s go get tight! As always, best of luck and may God bless our service men, women and first responders.
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters
Sorry about the delay in fishing reports! I took some family time before season started and the winds In October really put a dampener on the fishing causing me to have to cancel several trips. But all that has passed and we have done a bunch of trips. The sailfish season has started and we have been getting our fair amount of shots when we have been targeting them. The more cold fronts that start to roll south the better the fishing will become.
If you want to catch a sailfish the right time of year is upon us.
As you can see by my pictures I have been doing a bunch of bottom fishing and the fish have not disappointed. The mutton snapper have been biting very well to say the least. We have been getting mutton snapper into the 14# range with a bunch of 6-10# fish thrown in. We have also caught a fair amount of amberjack, horse eye jacks and jack cravels while fishing for the muttons. Kingfish have also shown up in good numbers.
Some of these kings are small 24″ fish with several 20# fish mixed in with them. Cero mackerel and Spanish mackerel have invaded the shallower sections of the reef. The Spanish mackerel are great eating and a ton of fun light tackle. Since we can catch these near shore they are a great option if it is too rough to go offshore. The mahi-mahi have been a little hit of miss. The predominately north winds that we tend to get this time year is not really favored by mahi. They like that hard wind out of an easterly quadrent. Keep an eye out for bait showers in shallow as this maybe a mahi or sailfish chasing ballyhoo in depths as shallow as 40′.
Fishing overall right now is very good. There are a ton of options that we can try. Give me a call and let’s set something up. Also if you’re looking for a great gift for the fisherman in your life consider giving them a day of fishing! Well that is it for now as always please pray for our men and women of the armed services and our first responders. And May God Bless The U.S.A!
Until next time, best of luck…
Big JackOut of the yard and back to fishing! I’m finally done prepping the boat for the upcoming fishing season. Bottom paint, zincs, impellers, baitwell pumps, and bilge pumps have all been replaced and I’m ready for action. I was able to get in some days of fishing before we went to the boatyard and after I got out. For the past couple of weeks it has been “Bonito Palooza”. The bonitos are here in crazy numbers and eating almost anything that you put in front of them. When 4 rods go off at once this time of year you’re pretty much guaranteed that the bonitos have found you! Although they are fun to catch they are terrible on the dinner plate and therefore we release them.
I’ve gotten calls from some regulars looking for mahi-mahi but to be honest they are just starting to trickle in and when you do find them there are a lot of small undersize fish. But it is starting to improve so I think in the next couple of weeks the mahi-mahi should be here in force.
Most of my summer until now has been spent on the reef. And we have had some really good trips. Sharks, jack cravelles, mutton snapper, porgies, amberjacks and kingfish have been biting pretty well. Muttons have been the most consistent. We have been catching anywhere from 3-5 muttons per trip on almost all of my trips. This time of year we also catch jack cravells that will push 20 pounds. These fish are tough fighters even on heavy tackle meant for groupers.
The king bite has been slow. We caught some but the bite has really been lacking. If you ever wanted to catch a shark this would be the time of year to do it! Shark fishing right now is not a question if you will catch one; it’s a question of how many you want to catch. We caught 4 out of 7 shark bites in a 4 hour period. There are plenty of bull sharks and a couple of hammerheads mixed in.
There have been a sailfish or two caught but this is really not our “primetime” to fish for them but there are some around. If you are willing to put your time in you may be rewarded with one of these high flying acrobats. If you really looking to bend a rod some of the deeper wrecks are still holding amberjacks so that is also an option. Most of these amberjack are in the 20-40# range. There is plenty of action to be had we just need to fish for different species and use different techniques to fill the box.
Well that is all for now. If you would like to get in on some of the action give me a call and we can put something together. Like always please keep our men and women of our armed services and our first responders in your prayers. Until then best of luck!
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters