Big Mutton SnapperNow that I think about it the proper title for this report should be the Miami bottom fishing report. With temperatures in the mid 90’s to 100 degrees it’s time to fish deep! And that is what we have been doing since my last report. I will start off with the bad news. The tarpon fishing has been dismal this year compared to past years. I’ve compared notes with several other guides and they have said the same thing. The only place that produced any kind of consistent bite was the bay. Let’s hope next year is better I’m sure it could not be any worse.

Now let’s get back to some positive news. The bottom bite has been very good. I had one day where I struggled with too much current and too many sharks. No matter where I went the sharks just seemed to follow me. Even that day we were able to catch some bottom fish but no huge numbers. But that was really the only day where the bite was really tuff. The mutton snappers have been biting very well and will continue to bite as we build towards the full moons. I did notice this year an unusual increase in the amount of people fishing for mutton snapper this year. It seems that the mangrove snapper bite has been starting to heat up.

These great tasting snappers should be all over the reef as they get ready to spawn. You will catch a couple mangroves while yellowtailing and mutton snapper fishing. Please keep in mind, while snapper fishing, the size limit for the particular species of fish your catching and bag limit. The yellowtails are also chewing very well in addition to the muttons and mangroves. This is the time of year when we break out the 12 pound spinning rods and planers to get baits deep.

The kingfish, tunas, wahoo and bonitos love the planers. It’s not unusual to catch a boat limit of kingfish on the planers. Summertime also marks the return of the bonito blitz. That is when every rod on the boat bends at almost the exact same time when a school of bonito come thru. Although not great eating they are hard fighting and a lot of fun. Mahi-mahi or dolphin fishing has been ok with a lot or running around being required to catch fish. I often get asked if you can dolphin fish on a half day charter. In the spring you can get away with it because the dolphin are shallow but in the summer the fish tend to be deeper requiring longer runs. If you want to fish for dolphin you really need more than a half day charter to do so. So that is basically our summertime pattern. If you choose to stay on the reef we can yellowtail a little while we then switch gears and go deeper and try for some mutton, grouper, kings and bonito. If you want to mahi-mahi fishing we can go do that all you have to do is give me a call and let’s go bend some rods and have some fun. As always please pray for our men and women of the armed forces and our first responders. Until next time Best of Luck…

Lucky Fishing Charters, Capt. Gil Gutierrez

Summer time is officially upon us and the outside temps confirm what we all suspected, it’s going to be a hot one! With some temperatures hovering in the 90 degree range it’s time to fish deep. This is the time of year where we change our style of fishing probing deeper cooler water in search of fish. Surface water temperature can range in the 85-90 degree range but just 20-40 feet deeper water can be in the 70 degree range. So what that means is that we start to bottom fish a little more. We also start to run offshore looking for mahi-mahi or dolphin and trolling planers in search of kings and wahoo.

So with that being said what are you catching you may be asking? Let’s start with the most popular game fish on earth and the one everyone always ask about this time of year mahi-mahi, or dolphin. I have done several mahi trips and they have all been successful. Most of the fish have been schoolies to gaffer size mahi but there have been some larger ones mixed in. We have had all of our success running and gunning for the fish catching them under birds and floating debris. We were also able to add a wahoo on our last outing that we caught on a deep bait. For the next couple of months this what a majority of our fishing will entail so if you’re a mahi fisherman give me a call and let’s set up a trip. I offer two types of mahi trips. One is a dedicated mahi trip where we simply run and stay offshore the whole day. The other type of mahi trip is where we run offshore fish for a while catching several mahi and then finish the day off on the reef. It’s your choice all you have to do is let me know what you want to do.

The reef fishing is still pretty good with amberjacks and muttons being our best bet. The AJ’s have been biting well with multiple fish being taken from just one wreck. This time of year I also do yellowtail trips provided we have current. Last year we did very well with the tails and we were able to add some groper and muttons to the fish box while yellowtail fishing. Kingfish are starting to show up in good numbers and it’s not unusual to limit out in the summer. We also did catch a couple of blackfin tunas but they seem to be thinning out a little. I’m not talking about those 2-5 pound tunas that you see offshore while mahi fishing. I’m talking about the 20-30 pound tunas that you catch on the reef. Sailfish have definitely slowed for me. We caught one last week but the sailfish bite has slowed down. As you can see by the pictures there is still plenty going on fishing wise we just have to make a decision to stay on the reef or run offshore the choice is yours! Give me a call and let’s set up a trip for dad. As always please keep our men and women of the armed services and our first responders in your prayers. Until next time, Best of Luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

It has been a while since my last report due to being a very busy April. The fishing in Miami Is as good as it gets right now. Multiple species days are almost the norm right now. There are some days where you will catch multiple blackfin tuna and then there are days when we just sat on the anchor and ended up with kingfish, several muttons, gag grouper, blackfin tuna, dog and mangrove snappers just to name a few.

And that really is indicative of the type of action that you can expect this time of year. The one issue we have had that has affected the bite has been the current. The current can’t seem to make up its mind about what it wants to do. One day its 2-4 knots to the north the next its 2-4 knots to the south and the next its nowhere to be found. That has had the biggest effect on the amount and type of fish we are catching.

Blackfin tuna have invaded the Miami area. We have had several days with multiple tunas but the key for me have been the pilchards. Once I’m able to net some pilchards we are almost assured of getting into some tuna action. That being said we have been catching them off the kite ae well as flat lines. Along with the blackfin tuna’s kingfish have also shown up as well. We are catching fish in 20-30 pound range on a good basis.
Bottom fishing remains a staple for us. The mutton snapper have been biting very well. As we come up on the full moons of May, June and July the mutton bite should be very good a couple of days before and a couple of days after the moon. Happy times!

Grouper fishing is also been very consistent as you can see from the pictures. The days with current flow have been the most productive for me. The mahi much like the current in Miami have been playing a game of catch me if you can. One day they are in a 100′ of water the next 300′ and the next 800′. Right now I prefer to stay in on the reef where we have more of a chance at multiple species then to run all over the ocean searching for one. Funny part is sometimes while we sit on the anchor we will have mahi-mahi swim right up to the boat, go figure.

Well that is all for now. A picture is worth a thousand words so if you would like to get in on the action you see in these picture or you want to target something specific like bottom fish give me a call and let’s set something up. As always please keep our men and women of the armed forces and our first responders in your prayers and until next time, Best of Luck…

The spring fishing is very good right now. My favorite time of the year to fish has not let me down. The bottom bite continues to be very good and one of the most consistent bites we have. The mutton snappers bit very well since my last report. Many of my anglers have been taking home a couple bags of these great eating fish. The groupers, although not currently open for harvesting, are also bending the rods for us. I am already booked for May 1 but I do have several days open in May if you want to try caching some of these groupers and mutton snapper. In between the grouper and snapper bites the amberjack have been very actively feeding on almost anything we want to put down. These fish range from 20-50#’s.

The mahi-mahi are filtering in as we speak. Strong east winds continue to spark up the dolphin fishing. This should only get better as we get deeper into summer. The only difference being is that right now you may only get a handful but they will be larger in size. In the summer we catch smaller dolphin but in greater numbers. As always I love to send my customers home with bags of fish it seems to help them remember your name. Sail fishing is steady but not great. We may get a day here and there where we get perfect conditions and the bite sparks up but right now we are averaging 1-2 shots per trip at sailfish given good conditions.

Kingfish are also showing up although we haven’t caught any of 40 or 50 pounders yet I have seen them so it’s just a matter of time before we get out chance. Once you add in the fact that the blackfins are starting to show up it can only get better from here. Please enjoy these pictures from our past trips and if you would like to join us give us a call and let’s go catch some fish. I’m pretty sure you’re going to go home with a bag or two of something for dinner!

As always please keep our first responders and the men and women of our military in your prayers.
Till next time
Best of Luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

Spring has definitely arrived in Miami. With temperatures hovering in the mid 80’s I can confirm winter is officially done. With the change in weather we have also seen a change in the fishing. The one thing we see in the spring and summer time frame are the amberjack migrations and boy oh boy they have arrived in Miami. Amberjack or more commonly known by their scientific name “Reef Donkey” have invaded many of the wrecks and rock piles along the eastern seaboard. We have had days of 4-7 fish between 30-50 pounds.

We have been catching all of ours on light standup 30# tackle giving the angler a real feel for the strength and never say die attitude of these fish. In between the amberjack we have also caught grouper and mutton snapper. As we get closer to May, which is the beginning of grouper season the bite should only improve. The muttons should also bite well as they start to get close to the spawn. We did have one trip last week where we struggled. With green water, no current and no wind the conditions really got the best of me and I worked hard to catch just a handful of fish on a half day charter. Some days the fish beat you and that day they got the best of me.

Luckily the conditions changed and let’s just say I was happy to see some blue water and north current. With the change in conditions the sailfish bite picked up. We have been getting our fair share of shots on every trip. As long as the conditions stay the same there should be really no change in the sailfish bite. The only change you may see is in the number of fish being caught. One of the neat things that happened to me on one of my trips is that we were able to get 7 year old Brady his first sail. I don’t know who was happier me or his dad! Way to go Brady. The kid is fish catching machine!!!
Springtime also signals the beginning of our blackfin tuna.

Now I’m not talking about those 3-5# tuna found offshore but 25-35# fish. Since my last report I have seen some larger blackfins being caught to the north of us. That means that we should start to see them soon as well. Maybe by my next report we will have some nice pictures of some big blackfin tunas. Spring is really one of my favorite times to fish so I hope to see you on the water soon. Well that is it for now as always please keep or men and women of the armed services and our first responders in your prayers. Till next time, Best of Luck…

Lucky Fishing Charters, Capt. Gil Gutierrez

Well Spring has sprung and Winter had its 3 week run. That kind of sums up how our “Winter” fishing season felt. It seems like we had 3 weeks of cooler temperatures and now we are already into the mid 80 as far as temperatures are concerned. But the fishing in Spring is some of the best fishing we experience all year long.

The Sailfish have finally found their way into the Miami area. It seems as if this winter season the sailfish were playing a game of hide and seek with billfish anglers. They seem to have finally come into the Miami area in good numbers. The only thing that has been a factor in the number of sails we catch has been the wind. It seems that there are only two speeds for the wind, its either blowing 30mph or 2mph. On those days that we have a good wind we have been getting our fair share of sailfish and on those days that we have little to no wind we are getting just one or maybe 2 shots at the sails.

On the days that we have little to no wind I have been doing a bunch of bottom fishing. The grouper bite has been outstanding with many days yielding multiple fish. The two predominate species have been the Black and Gag groupers but we have also caught some Red Groupers. All were released with careful attention to where they were caught to see if on May 1 I can find them again, stay tuned. The reef donkeys, aka Amberjack, have been on fire. And to be honest after a couple of Amberjack, Groupers and Mutton Snappers most customers ask if they can take a break and go catch something else. The bottom bite has been very good to say the least.
Tarpon fishing remains very slow out on the beach with inconsistent numbers of fish being caught.

That is the low point of this report. This time of year we should be able to get 3-4 shots at a Tarpon on a 4 hour charter and the fish are just not consistently there. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for all you Tarpon fanatics. Hopefully they will show up in good numbers and start chewing more aggressively. There are areas of the bay where you can find Tarpon but many times all you do is just sit there and watch the fish roll around and they never bite a single thing that you throw out there. I for one will not fish around cleaning tables and charter boats to get a bite it just seems like cheating to me. If that were the case I could just fish in my slip and catch all the Tarpon behind my fish cleaning station.

Back offshore we have also caught some small Blackfin tuna. Very soon we will start catching larger 20-30 pound fish. Mixed in with these Blackfin tuna are also Bonito. Kingfish seem to also be in the mix with a couple of fish ending up in the fish box this past week. As always please remember our first responders as well as our military men and women. Well that is it for now until next time
Best of Luck…

Capt Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters.

The Miami offshore fishing scene continues to challenge anglers in all ways. Continually changing condition on the fishing front is really testing one’s ability to adapt to those conditions. Merely heading offshore and just throwing up a kite and drifting is meeting with limited success at times. Things like changing current direction, wind direction and water color are making things interesting. On some days just drifting with the kite is only getting us a sailfish or two. But fish a bait in the middle of the water column and you’ll be able to pick up a couple more sails.

So with that being said we caught sailfish on almost every trip except for 2 of them. And on one of those two trips we only managed to fish for about 2 � hours, although in that short amount of time we were able to catch some mahi-mahi and a barracuda. As I have written in the past couple of months the deeper bite has been the most consistent bite. Be it grouper, snapper, or sailfish deeper has been better for us.

Amberjacks, red grouper, yellow jacks and mutton snapper continue to bite well. These fish have been making up the majority of our catch. Instead of waiting 8 hours for 1 or 2 sailfish bites we have been fishing deep and getting rewarded. There has been some mahi-mahi in on the reef which has been great to see. In addition the kingfish have also started to bite in decent numbers and that should only get better the deeper we get into the upcoming months. The only thing that continues to disappoint have been the tarpon. This may be another year of a late season tarpon run. What I have not seen is anyone really put up any great numbers on tarpon. Well that is all for now follow us on Instagram at Lucky Fishing Charters. As always please keep our first responders and servicemen and women in our prayers.
Until next time Best of Luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

Burrrrr, that would best describe the weather for the past couple of days. With temperatures in the low 40’s and winds gusting into the 30’s its been downright cold. Ok, I know some of you guys and gals up north are laughing at me but for us Floridians that is cold. The cold weather has heated up the sailfish bite as of late. We have been getting several shots on recent trips. Many of the sails have been out in the deeper water so don’t be afraid to pop out into that 250′-350′ range if there is a nice edge out there. I just posted a video of one of the sails we caught just a couple of days ago.

Now for the not so great news, the tarpon bite has been extremely slow to almost non-existent. For some reason the tarpon bite has just not turned on for the way it should be this time year. I see reports of one fish being caught here and there but just not any good numbers. I have gotten several calls from customers looking to go tarpon fishing and I have advise them against doing so or we have gone offshore and had much better success. I have spoken with several guides and I keep hearing the same story. So for right now let’s keep heading offshore and putting the odds in our favor.

While heading offshore or traveling to an area to set up our drifts for sailfish we have been dropping on wrecks and rock piles with great results. The bottom bite just keeps producing for me on a real consistent basis. We have caught cubera snapper, muttons, groupers, amberjack, yellow jacks, and even some kingsfish while dropping baits to the bottom. It seems the bottom bite is out producing the surface bite 3 to 1. We have been getting bites by using a technique called power drifting. Power drifting takes a little more effort than just throwing up a kite, drifting and waiting to run into something. Power drifting takes an understanding of the wind, current, boat maneuvering, and seeing on which side of a piece of structure the fish happen to be sitting on. Power drifting is one of my favorite ways to fish and it really gives you the ability to target specific fish

In addition to the sailfish and assorted bottom fish we have also been putting some kingfish in the box. The closer we get to spring the bigger these fish will get. I have already seen a couple being caught so that means they are starting to come into the area. Last year we did well catching several 40#’s and 2 over 50. I hope to repeat that again this year. Well that is all for now. As we head in to March, April, and May we are heading into some of the best fishing months in Miami. If you would like to get out there please give me a call and let’s set up a trip. It doesn’t matter if its sailfish or bottom fish that you’re after just let me know when you call and I will give it my best shot. As always please keep my friends and family, who work as first responders, and our military men and women in your prayers.
Till next time Best of Luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

Happy New Fishing Year to all my past, current and future fishing friends. I would like to thank all of you that have fished with me for sharing your time and memories with me and I hope that we can make some new ones in 2016!!! The New Year has gotten off to a great start. I fished almost fourteen days since my last report so there is a bunch of information to get to.
Let’s start with some of the bad news. The tarpon fishing has been really lagging this past month. Right now we should be catching tarpon on the beach but that is just not happening. As I write this report we are experiencing our second “cold front” in two weeks. Ok, it’s not really cold but I hope that this weather will spark some shrimp runs and push some tarpon our way. I will keep you updated as to when they show up but right now we are better off putting our efforts in to other species of fish. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I see a lot of reports where everything is great and biting and I would rather be honest with you and tell you the good and the bad.

The sailfish bite has been ok for us. We had a tremendous influx of green water and south current for as long as I can seem to remember. These conditions are not the most conducive to spark a sailfish bite. We have started to see some north current move in along with improving water color and this should only help to improve what has been a good but not great sailfish bite.

At the end of December I had several requests to do some grouper fishing before the close of the season. Now if you know me or you have read any of my reports I absolutely love to meat fish. So when I got these requests I was only happy to oblige. The grouper bite just seems to get better every year. We were able to get some just before the closure went into effect. Red, black, and gag grouper have been biting very aggressively. Once the closure went into effect we then started to concentrate on the fish that we could keep, mutton snappers. On our best trip we caught 5 with our biggest coming in at just a hair over 15#s. We seem to be averaging 2-4 fish per trip of these excellent eating fish. We are also starting to see some cobia showing up on the wrecks with our biggest one tipping the scale at 26#s. Also making their presences felt have been some rather large amberjack. Our biggest was just over 50. Not the greatest eating fish but one of the strongest pound for pound.

Kingfish are starting to filter in. We haven’t had a day where we were able to limit out but we have been catching some. Most of the fish we caught were teenagers, fish in the 10-20# class. The kings should be here for a while so if you want some smoke fish let’s get to it. The mahi-mahi have been up and down the edge. All you have to do is sit and wait and you should be able to catch a couple for dinner.

I think that covers just about everything for now. As always please keep the men and women of our armed services and our first responders in your thoughts and prayers and may God bless the USA.
Until next time best of luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters.

This will be my last report for 2015 and what a year it has been. I’ve made new friends, lost some great friends and got to spend time with some of my repeat customers that have become like family. I thank each and every one of you for your friendship and continued patronage and look forward to making new memories in 2016.
Now let’s get to the fishing!!

The fishing has been very good with some not so great looking conditions. We continue to be plagued, for the most part, by green water and a lack of north current. But in these “not so great” conditions the fish continue to bite. This past Friday I fished in that green water and was rewarded with 5 sailfish, amberjack, bonito, mutton snapper, and a black fin tuna. I guess sometimes you just have to sit and fish and that is what we did. The sailfish don’t seem to mind these conditions and we caught at least one sail on every trip except one. The sailfish have been pretty consistent over the past couple of weeks. I don’t see this changing for the foreseeable future. You may have one trip where you don’t catch a sail for one reason or another but we have been getting our shots and capitalizing on most of them.
I have been doing a lot of meat fishing. What I mean by meat fishing is eating fish. The bottom bite continues to be excellent. On many of the trips the bottom rod has just been out producing all the other rods combined.

The amberjack have been ravenous. These fish seem to eat almost anything that you put on the bottom. No matter what type of bait or size they will seek and destroy. A couple of our larger fish have been in the 50 plus range but our average is about 20-40 pounds. Even the smaller fish will pin many anglers to the gunnels. Mutton snapper continue to bite pretty well and we catch at least one or two on every trip. The kingfish bite, on live bait, has been slow. I know a couple of fellow captains that are catching them while trolling but we have mostly been live baiting and really only troll in the summer. But I am not really worried about the kings right now because with these consistent east north east winds the mahi- mahi have moved up on the reef. We have been catching them while drifting the reef in search of sailfish. You can still find some out deeper but right now you don’t need to run 15 miles offshore like we do in the summer.

Last but not least the tarpon are finally here. Some shrimp runs have taken place and tarpon have shown up in decent numbers. Now many of these fish will be in the 20-40 pound range on average. If you are looking for the bigger fish in the 80-150# class wait a little longer and the bigger fish should start to show up on a more consistent basis. If you have ever read my reports I almost never mention any of the products that I use but if you’re looking for a holiday gift for your significant other take a look at these. One of the products that I urge you to check out is the Salt Life Optics Sunglasses. I used Costas for many years and have made a switch to these glasses. They use Zeiss glass for their lenses and coat their lens with a proprietary water repelling feature that works great. These are the same glass makers that make high end hunting scopes. I tend to be very hard on sunglasses and these have held up great.

As always please remember our men and women serving their country and our first responders. For I have many friends and family serving in the armed services and as first responders and pray that they stay safe.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks for 2015

Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters