Smackdown

Report Date: December 1, 2014

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends. Fishing has picked up over the past few weeks due to several passing cold fronts and stiff northeasterly breezes. The weather in South Florida has been averaging between 70-80 degrees with light humidity and lots of sunshine!

In the beginning of the month I fished the Wahoo Smackdown with some friends of mine aboard the Cash Out. There were 32 boats competing in the tournament. The crew and I had been pre fishing for the competition every weekend for the past month to get a feel of where the fish were going to be. Fishing had been very good leading up to the commencement of the tournament. After hearing some descent reports up to the north the crew chose to steer that direction for the first day of the tournament. Unfortunately the plan did not work. After a long day of fishing there were only a couple small fish to weigh. Out of the 32 boats that entered the tourney, there were just a handful of wahoo brought to the scales. Nothing of any great size. On Day 2 the game plan was to go the opposite direction. So we fished south. Within the first half hour of fishing the short line crackled off and we had a nice fish in the boat. By the looks of the water, abundance of bait, and having a nice sized fish in the boat we thought the bite was going to go off. Looks were deceiving as the bite went ice cold moments later. After we approached the dock the winning fish at the time was only 42.7 lbs. Our fish was around 35lbs( as we thought). When we walked up to the scales with our wahoo in hand the crowd began to talk. They were saying that our fish might be the biggest. I thought in my head that they were crazy. Once the fish was weighed I heard someone scream out 47lbs. It was a dream come true, we had won the tournament with the biggest fish. The crew and I were totally shocked and extremely happy.


Once I arrived from Bimini, it was back to charter fishing Miami. On the reef there have been quite a few sailfish , followed by some gaffer dolphin, cobia, kingfish, and black fin tuna.


The inshore fishing has been constant. In the bay we have been catching lots of jack crevelles, ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel. At night the snook and tarpon have been biting.


I anticipate the fishing will continue to get better as we have been receiving a strong easterly wind for the past few weeks. This should push the blue water and current back into the reef. If these conditions prevail it should make for some excellent fishing.

December is starting to fill in quick as we are approaching peak season in South Florida. I am offering gift certificates at a ten percent discount if you would like to take that special person out on a deep sea fishing adventure for the Christmas holidays.

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