On Show Me The Fish Charters we had hot and heavy action before the wind started blowing with this mild cold front. My 31 ft. custom Morgan Sportfish can handle the high winds and seas, but riding a roller coaster far offshore is not a lot a fun for most folks. Last weekend the fish knew the weather was going to blow and the amberjacks were chewing the bottom off the boat, feeding heavy before the front. Large live baits for the AJs are working best.
We are also catching lots of monster mangrove snapper, trophy flag yellowtail snapper, tasty lane and vermillion snappers, porgys, and triggerfish to fill the coolers. Plus catching and carefully releasing large gag grouper and American red snappers in about 110 ft without even targeting them. Further offshore in about 160 ft, on the springs and wrecks, our parties are catching all the above plus lots of blacktip sharks up to 6 ft, and hooking into much larger sharks around 9 ft. maybe around 250 lb range. Closer in on the nearshore reefs the best sheepshead action of the year is going on this month.
Looks like spring is here and the kingfish will be here any day now and we will be there for them. I forecast that as soon as the wind calms down the bite offshore will be off the chart. These fronts actually help the fishing by bunching them up and pushing new fish in on our reefs, wrecks, and rockpiles. The first boats that hit these spots will be rewarded with a trip of a lifetime. Now that's what I am talking about! Fishing's great and life is good; now is the time to go offshore for a trip of a lifetime.
Tight lines and good fishing.