As I sit here and write this report I see a third of the country covered in snow and polar vortexes. Cooler weather for us means the fishing starts to heat up. One of the nice side effects of the cooler weather is the change in water temperature. Just a couple of degree change in the water temperature can have a tremendously beneficial effect on the fishing. With cold fronts pushing in from the north we are starting to see some sailfish moving south. The sailfish are not here in huge numbers but we are starting to catch them on a more consistent basis. The sailfish bite will only get better from here on in.

The one bite that has been outstanding for us is kingfish. We had several days of multiple fish and a couple of days of limiting out. The fish have come on the troll and drift. They are ranging from 10-20#s. We had one day where we had a limit of fish by early morning and from then on we just kept releasing fish. Mutton snapper have also been biting well. In addition to the muttons amberjacks have also been gobbling up any bait we put down on the deeper wrecks. The mahi-mahi bite has moved a little closer to shore and we are catching some fish in as little as 70′ of water. You are also going to run into some mahi-mahi on the edge while sail fishing in that 100-200′ range. Well that is it for now until next time

Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez. Lucky Fishing Charters

I have been fishing a bunch of days since my last report and the fishing just continues to steadily improve with each passing day. The cooler fall temperatures signal a great time of year here in Miami. As we get more cold fronts and a steady decline in the water temperature the fishing will just get better and better. Let’s recap some of the recent action.

We have caught some sailfish but we have not really had a large run of sailfish yet. That is just a matter of time before we start to get into some hot sailfish action. What has been hot for us has been the kingfish bite. The kingfish have definitely kept me busy eating everything from spoons to kite baits and everything in between. The sizes of the fish have run the gamut from small snakes to fish in the double digit size. Due to the large amounts of kings around we have been catching multiple fish on almost every charter. Tarpon have been very slow unless you find a mullet school. We had our shot at tarpon but we failed to connect. It’s just a matter of time before the shrimp start running and out tarpon season starts kicking.

The offshore dolphin bite has slowed a little bit. The fish seem to have spread out a little more and runs of 20+ miles are sometime needed to get in on the mahi-mahi. But never fear because this is the time of year where little by little we start to find mahi in on the edge while we have the kites up. We caught some fish in 60′ of water just last week. If you see a frigate bird working hard in shallow water it would be in your best interest to go and investigate. This is the time of year you will find some mahi in very shallow water. The mahi fishing should stay steady you just might need to change the way you look for them.

In the fall we do get a sort of mutton snapper bite going. These fish are not very large but they are abundant. The fish can range anywhere from 3-9 pounds. Again, not very large as mutton snapper are concerned but they are very plentiful. In addition to the muttons the amberjack have also been biting well as they head south. We have had fish from 10-50 pounds. Once you find these fish it’s not very hard to catch several. Once we do that and everyone has had a chance to pull on one we will leave them alone and go catch something else.

In addition to everything we just previous mentioned we also caught the following. Spanish mackerel, barracuda, sharks, bonito, and black fin tuna. As I said the fishing is just starting to heat up so if you would like to get in on some of the action give me a call and let’s put something together. I have already booked some days as far out as April so once you decide to go fishing give me a call and let’s get your date on the books. Till next time

Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

With a change in the weather comes much better fishing. It’s amazing what a 1-3 degree change in the ambient weather and in the water temperature can do for the fishing overall. The cooler morning temperatures have put the fish in a better mood. The best bet still remains mahi fishing. We have had several trips since my last report and we were able to get on the fish on all of the trips. The only downside has been the shifting winds. What I mean by this is that on one day you will run 10 miles to find the weed lines and fish. The next day you will have to run 20 miles, but once you find the weed lines it won’t take long until you’re rewarded.

Another fish that has shown up in good numbers have been the kingfish. Although not huge in size there have been plenty of them around. Limiting out would not be difficult if you put your time in. Your best bet would be to work the 100-200 section of reef. Tarpon fishing continues to remain slow. The only thing right now that can really spark the tarpon bite is if you are lucky enough to find a school of mullet. With the fall mullet run occurring you would be wise to take a look up and down the beach once you come out the inlet. If the mullet are there they will be easy to spot and so will the tarpon, sharks, jacks and every other predator that loves to eat mullet.

The sailfish bite is improving by the day. We have caught several since our last report and just a couple of days ago had a double header on a half day trip. The sail bite will only continue to improve as we move closer to winter. If you really want catch a sailfish dedicate yourself to staying in on the reef and turn off your VHF so you’re not tempted to run offshore and get in on the good mahi bite we have going on right now. In addition to all this action we have also been taking advantage of bonito and amberjack. The amberjack have put a serious bend in the rods as of late. The fish have been weighing anywhere from 10-50 pounds.
Well that is it for now. If you want to get in on some of the great action going on give me a call and let’s set up a date to go bend some rods.
Until next time, Best of Luck…
Lucky Fishing Charters, Capt. Gil Gutierrez

Summer fishing entails several different styles of fishing. We have been running offshore for dolphin, kite fishing for sailfish and planer fishing for everything else. Let’s start with the dolphin fishing. We have been running offshore in search of mahi-mahi. The only bad thing is that we have had to run anywhere from 14-20 miles offshore to find them. Once we have made the run and found favorable conditions most of our fish have come on the troll. The fish have ranged from undersized mahi to gaffer size fish in the 12-15# range. The fish should still be around for a while so if you want to put some filets in the freezer this would be your best option.
We have caught sailfish on almost every trip except one. All of our fish have come on the reef. The sailfish bite should only continue to improve as we move towards the fall and winter months. In addition to the sailfish we have also been catching our fair share of bonitos. Although they are not great eating they are lots of fun and a great way to learn proper rod and fishing techniques. As is expected the tarpon bite has cooled significantly since my last report but with the mullet run starting to happen it should only get better moving forward.

Kingfish have started to show up in decent numbers. We have caught several since our last report. Most of these fish have been averaging about 8-15#s. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a new sponsor, Pirate Tackle Company. If you are looking for great prices, good service and the convenience of online ordering give this company a try and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Well that is it for now, until next time, Best of Luck…

Capt. Gil Gutierrez
Lucky Fishing Charters

Well its official, summer is over and the fall fishing season is upon us. With that said let’s take a look back at some of my past trips since my last report. The mahi-mahi were on fire the past couple of weeks and we got in on our share of the action.

There were days where it only took one log, weed patch or bird to signal what would be non-stop action. You could literally find one weed patch and come close to catching limits of mahi. I urged my customers to take only what they could consume in a couple of diners and we then went on to catch something else. The dolphin fishing should continue to be pretty steady for the time being. We did have one trip where we ran close to 60 miles and never saw so much as a single dolphin. But other than that one trip we were able to catch plenty of mahi-mahi on all of our other trips.
But even on the one trip where we never saw a mahi we still ended up catching other fish we just had to change our tactics.

One of the things that I have been doing this summer is yellowtail fishing.These tasty fish have provided us with a lot of action and some good eats at the end of the day. Now, I don’t spend the whole day catching yellowtails but I do spend an hour or two and then move on to something else. And that really has been my approach this whole summer, catch a couple of fish and move on to the next species. This approach has really led me to some good days out on the water where we ended up with 6 or 7 species of fish in one trip.

As the summer ends and we start to move in to the fall other things will begin to occur. Soon we should see some sort of fall mullet run. These large migrations of mullet make for some great fishing. The mullet will be chased up and down the east coast by hungry sharks, jacks, snook and tarpon. If you are able to locate a school the action can be nonstop. Kingfish are also starting to trickle back into the area after a brief hiatus. Nothing really huge so far but there are some 10-20# fish around. And in addition to all that, sailfish season is right around the corner! A couple of cold fronts and some north wind and the sailfish will be chewing. So as you can tell I’m excited about the upcoming months and the fishing prospects that it will bring. So if you want to get in on the action give me a call and let’s go catch something. On a serious note please keep our fireman, military guys and girls, and police in our prayers. They are facing an ever more challenging time then we can imagine.

Until next time, best of luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charter

The title of this report sums up the current fishing situation in Miami.
The heat has forced us to fish deeper and employ different techniques and styles of fishing to put fish on the boat. It has ranged from running and gunning for mahi-mahi offshore to anchoring up on wrecks to fishing with planers. This time of year all these techniques produce fish. In the winter we can basically throw up two kites, drift and catch fish the summer requires a little more effort.

The mahi-mahi have become a little more inconsistent since my last report. We were running offshore and finding them on a consistent bases but now they have become a little hit or miss. The fish have ranged from some decent gaffers to small school size fish.
The reef has been our best bet as of late. We have been catching kingfish the occasional sailfish, amberjack, bonitos, grouper and mutton snapper. The deeper wrecks are producing amberjacks in good numbers. On some days this has been our best action producing fish drop after drop. We have caught some into the 50# range. Kingfish continue to be caught on the reef but they tend to be a little scattered. What I mean by that is that one day we catch some in 175′ of water and the next we catch them in 120′ of water. We have been catching most of our kings by drifting and coving ground until we dial in on the preferred depth for that particular day.

The bottom fishing is definitely running hot or cold depending on the north current we either have or don’t have. The current has been a determining factor as to the success of our anchor fishing. When we do have current we are catching some muttons, kings, grouper, and bonitos while anchored. The bonitos have definitely been keeping us busy. One of the nice surprises of the year has been the late bite of tarpon we are still experiencing. We caught a couple of tarpon on our last trip just a week and a half ago. I have another trip planned for Monday so I let you know how that goes. Well that is it for now.

Until next time, Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters

The title reflects what we have been experiencing the past couple of weeks. As we head deeper into summer the key word is going to be “Opportunity Fishing”. I get many requests for sailfish at this time of year and to be honest this isn’t the best time of year to catch them. Although the opportunity is always present to catch one of these highly prized fish this time of year we don’t find them in the same numbers we do in the winter months. That being said you will see a couple of pictures of sails we caught these past couple of weeks.

Right now we are experiencing flat calm seas and strong north current. These are great conditions for bottom fishing and that is what we have been doing as of late. We have been catching mostly gag and some black groupers. I have a dedicated bottom trip on Saturday so will see if we can add some muttons to the mix. In addition to the bottom fish we have also been getting our fair share of amberjack. These hard fighting bruisers’ average 10-40# and are as tuff a fish as you could want.

We have caught some decent kingfish but not in real big numbers. If you are looking to just bend the rod and have a great time with a hard fighting fish the bonitos have been out of control. It is not rare to have 4 rods all go off at once. Tarpon fishing remains very strong. The fish have been eating crabs and some shrimp. We don’t have a ton of time left in our tarpon season so if you to catch yourself a silver king give me a call and lets go get one. The fishing overall is good you just have to take whatever opportunity Mother Nature gives you and make the best of it. 

Until next time, best of luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez
Lucky Fishing Charters

Quick report from yesterday’s fishing. In 8 hours of fishing time we ended catching the following. 5 bonitos, 4 amberjacks, sailfish, mahi-mahi, and 3 gag groupers. The day before that we ended up with 4 mahi-mahi, black fin tuna, sailfish and a tarpon. I apologize for the short report but I am trying to post more often so we will see how it goes. That is it for now, but until next time,

Best of Luck…
Capt. Gil Gutierrez, Lucky Fishing Charters.

The fishing in May continues to be very consistent. The only problem we have run into has been the inconsistent weather where some days it was blowing 25 plus. But things have seemed to settle down and the fishing is following suit. The sailfish are still around. Right now we are averaging about 1-4 fish per trip and yesterday had 3. As I said in my previous report they are here just not in huge numbers as they are in the winter. What has made a much anticipated appearance have been the blackfin tuna. We have caught them on almost every single trip. The fish range from 20-30#s. They should remain here for a couple of more weeks so if you always wanted to catch one now would be the time. The best part is that you don’t have to get up early to catch them!

The dolphin fishing is extremely inconsistent. It seems like you have to do a lot of running around for a very poor return on your time and money. In my opinion you are better off staying in on the reef. I’m sure as we get further into summer the mahi fishing will become more stable but there are lots of small fish you have to weed thru to get to some keepers. Tarpon fishing continues to be steady. This has probably been one of the steadiest bites we have been experiencing. The fish have been in the 60-120# class.

In addition to all this I have been doing a fair amount of bottom fishing and the grouper fishing has been decent. What we have caught quite a few of is mutton snapper. The fish have been between 5-11#s. While waiting to catch some of these muttons we have also gotten bites from amberjack, almaco jacks, bonitos and kingfish. The action overall is very good and should continue like this for a while so give me a call and let’s go catch something.

Until next time, Captain Gil

Well my favorite time of the year is finally here. If you have fished with me in the past you know that I love to grouper and snapper fish. May 1 marks the opening of grouper season and also one of the best times of year for mutton snapper. As you will see from my pictures the snapper and grouper fishing has been very good. On a bunch of trips we caught groupers as if they knew that the season was closed and it was safe to eat our baits. But they are no longer safe as of today. We caught mainly gag grouper with some black groupers thrown in. All the pictures you are seeing in this report were all caught in the last 2 weeks. So now is the time to get in on some great bottom fishing. Sail fishing has been ok. Unfortunately, with the summertime conditions we are experiencing here in Florida the conditions aren’t exactly conducive to sailfish. This time of year our winds turn to the south easterly quadrant which isn’t bad for sailfish but it’s not an ideal wind from the north to northeast direction which sailfish prefer. Again we are catching some but the overall numbers are down. This trend will stay this way for a while, which is normal. As we progress further into the summer the sailfish bite will slow down. Again that is normal for this time of year.

Now let’s talk about one fish that has been biting real well, Kingfish. The king bite has been outstanding. This week we had fish in the 50# class. We have caught the kings on everything from the kite to the bottom rod and everything in between. We had 2 days of limiting out on kingfish. Many of you have been asking about blackfin tuna. We did catch some last week but not in any really big numbers. I’m waiting for the blackfin bite to explode any day. I am starting to hear of them with more frequency so I think they should start to push into our area. And lastly tarpon. Tarpon fishing right now is as good as it gets. I did a bunch of trips last week; we caught fish on every one of those trips. The only trip where we failed to get a fish to the boat we still managed to jump fish but we failed to keep the hook in them. We still have some time left in the tarpon fishing season but it will slow down the further we get into the summer so don’t wait too long. So that is it for this month’s report. Give me a call if you want to get in on any of this action. Thanks and until next time…

Best of Luck, Lucky Fishing Charters
Capt. Gil Gutierrez