From RJ Boyle of Lighthouse Point:
The fishing on the reef out front has been kinda slow with all of the weather changes. A few small wahoo up to 20 pounds were caught and the sailfish bite has been good in Miami and north of Palm Beach. The sword fishing has been off the chain! There were four fish over 300 pounds weighed in the last three days, Including the 3 we caught on the Lisa B!
Last year at this time was exactly when the big fish migrated through this area. The bite had been on from Miami to Boynton as these fish are migrating through. The best of the bite is on the shallow side around 1600 feet of water and the bait of choice is Ladyfish for us. It’s neat to see these traveler swords as we call them. The skin on a migrating fish gets horizontal indented lines that we refer to as courduroy skin. It’s six pack abs for swords. Anyway, we need some more stable weather for the fishing to pickup near shore.
From Captain Ray Rosher aboard the Miss Britt:
In Miami we have been catching a mixture of mutton snappers kingfish and a few sails. Live bait is the key this time of year, so while you are kite fishing for sailfish, make sure you have some wire lines down for the kings and always have a bottom rod down for those tasty mutton snapper. Use a 30 ft Flourobarbon leader and a circle hook with that live pilchard or ballyhoo!
I am fishing the Operation Sailfish tournament in West Palm Beach the next few days. We just caught a tripleheader of sails.
Fishing has been fairly good up here with catches of 1 to 5 bites per boat lately in 90 to 180 feet.