Fall is over and winter is here. Its 40 degrees this morning and I am ready for spring and summer already. Fishing this fall has been good however it hasn’t been real busy. I think the hurricanes back in Sept. scared folks away. We didn’t have much impact at all and the edge of the eye came over my house.
The fall fishing was about what we expected. Kingfish, grouper, snapper and trout made up most of the fish on our trips. In these pics we have a near world record Lane snapper. What a beautiful fish and great eating as well. Also a Tripletail, kingfish, red grouper and gag grouper, all are great eating fish.
The cold fronts have started arriving and with them windy conditions. I expect this to continue on into Feb. however on the calm days after the front fishing can be really good. The sheepshead fishing is about to explode and we should have some good eating sheepshead on many of out trips. The mangrove snapper will also bite really good and trout and bluefish in the bay along with spanish macs will be plentiful also.
My March calendar is filling up so be sure and let me know if you want a day in March. Spring Break will be in March and we get slammed during that time so call ahead please. March is also time that the cobia show up each year. April will be kingfish time and then tarpon time is May and June along with snook, grouper, and trout.
I have added some new equipment this past fall with a new Simrad gps and a gps controlled trolling motor with the anchor lock feature. When its not rough no need for the anchor any more. Makes my back happy!!
I hope to see all of you again this year and a very Happy New Year to you all. Capt. Tom Sr.
This summer has ended and we are about to have a great fall. Summer was fun with lots of offshore action, especially with grouper, lane snapper, sharks etc. We also have had a great snook bite all summer.
This fall has started off with great spanish mac and shark action along out beaches. I look for it to get even better as the water temps start to cool. Water temps this summer have been around 90 degrees.
Bait are growing up and getting the right size for grouper and amberjack action as well as fall snook and trout action.
My wife and I also had our 50th wedding anniversary in August. Our daughter threw us a party with friends and a couple of family members. It was a great time and wonderful to see special friends.
Try and get down during the next 3 months for good action and good eating fish. Thanks Capt. Tom Sr.
We have had a great spring and now into summer. Spring was great with kingfish, grouper, bonito, amberjack and snook. Summer has started about the same with some great snook fishing and permit along with amberjack.
The following pictures tell the story:
The rest of summer should be good offshore for grouper and amberjack. Red snapper season is open for 47 days this year for charter boats with reef fish permits which I do have. The snook fishing inshore as well as sea trout should continue to be good also. So come on down and lets go after some great fighting fish!!! Capt. Tom Sr.
Fishing this fall has really been good. Kingfish, grouper, spanish macs and amberjack have been the primary fish caught. The spanish showed up first and we had some days of nonstop action. One trip with 4 guys and it was a fish every bait that hit the water and they were big spanish. We also caught some nice redfish and snook during the fall. Fall is really good for most fish as they like the cooling water.
The kings followed and were in most places offshore but a few areas held a ton of them for about 3 weeks or so. We caught them like crazy on several days along with some big LT’s.
The grouper fishing offshore was also really good. Last year they came in closer to the shore about 12 miles out but this year(2016) they stayed out in about 85 ft. about 25 miles out. It was worth the run because we limited out with nice red grouper along with lane snapper.
The big amberjack have been on fire recently and with clear water you can pick the one you want make a cast and hang on. These fish are so strong and its a ton of fun fighting them. They dont give up but we let all of them swim free to fight again.
The gag grouper season ended on Dec. 31 but due to extremely warm weather they didnt seem to be where I usually caught them in Dec. Now that its getting cold they will come in closer to shore but season is closed to keep any till June 1.
January, Febuary usually is great sheepshead fishing and mangrove snapper. March will bring in the cobia and the red grouper and amberjack will continue to be good out 25 miles. I hate cold weather so I am taking January and Febuary off and have boat maintenance to do. Also getting these cataracs off my eyes. My dad would not get his cataracs removed as long as he could see his bobber go under while fishing. Well I cant see the bait flashing and dimpling like I use to so thats why I am going to get this done.
Spring will be here soon and March is a busy time due to spring break so let me know if you want to book a trip for that time period. Also tarpon season is May and June so dont wait too late. I look forward to seeing you. Capt. Tom sr.
Summer/fall fishing report
This summer has been a fun time with great people. The fish have cooperated on most trips and hopefully it will get even better as we start to have a few cool days.
Summer patterns are usually pretty stable as the rain is usually in the late afternoon. However this summer has been really hot and the water temps have been in the 90’s. It is now Sept. 8 and the water temps have started to cool, especially after the hurricane this past week. Even though it did not hit us we had a ton or rain. Local flooding was a real problem especially on the beaches. I was out there yesterday and people were still cleaning debris out of yards and streets.
I also fished this week and the water was really stirred up and fishing was on the slow side. The bay water was very tannic stained from all the fresh water run off. The gulf waters were murky but should be cleaning up in the next couple of days.
The cooler water will probably fire the fish up as they usually start to feel more like eating as it gets cooler.
We had some really great trips and the pictures tell you what we were catching. It is not always about how many fish we catch but just the experience and fun with getting to know people.
Many of the most memorable trips are with families and watching the interaction between them. One of those trips had two girls, one about 17 and the other about 20 along with their brother and dad. We were catching some nice amberjack and grouper and the girls, Brooke and Bailey, were helping each other lift the rod and reeling. It was fun to watch and they were laughing and grunting as they struggled with some nice size fish. Those trips give me the most enjoyment as it is about having fun and not about filling the freezer. Their brother, Evan, who was about 12 had never caught anything but small bass and wanted to catch something that pulled hard. His first bite was an amberjack that about tore his arms off. That got the day off to a great start and finally had to leave the jacks alone as the 300 lb goliath grouper were eating them while we tried to get them to the boat.
This fall should be good as the kingfish will start their south migration and the gag grouper will move closer to shore. The trout fishing will get better as the water temps fall. I hate winter but the fall is really a great time to be on the water. I hope you will let me know in advanced as I have already booked trips around the holidays. I look forward to seeing you. Capt. Tom Sr.
Spring is about over and summer starting here in our area. This spring has been one of the windiest ones I have seen. The wind never stops. Now as I write this the tropical storm is heading our way today.
Looks like mostly rain but we may get some wind too. That will mess up the fishing for most of the rest of this week. Just have to wait and see how bad it gets.
We have had some great trips regardless of the wind this spring with some nice trout, snook, grouper, cobia and permit. Tarpon have been here and as usual they are always a little temperamental. However June is usually a good month for tarpon.
Res snapper and gag grouper season opened last week and grouper will stay open till the end of December. The red snapper fishery is always messed up due to the regulations that favor the commercial fishermen. They say that red snapper is open in state waters but you dont catch red snapper in state waters. They are always past the 9 mile boundary. I dont target the red snapper due to the long runs in order to get to where they are. Thirty miles is a bit much to me and even then you need to go about 50 to 60 miles offshore to find them.
Below are some pics of some of my good trips this spring.
Come on down this summer and lets go catch some good ones. I hope to see you soon. Capt. Tom Sr.
This fall has been a great fall fishing time. The weather is still in the 80’s and its almost 2016. The only problem we have had is the wind which has made offshore conditions a bit tough. We did have some red tide last month which hurt the bay fishing. It has finally left us and the bay fishing is picking up.
We had some great fall snook fishing and this is the second largest one caught on my boat. Alicia battled this one and did a great job fighting it and I was so relieved to get it in the boat. We released it to fight again some day.
We have been doing mostly offshore fishing due to the red tide. We have had some great spanish mac fishing and some really great grouper fishing. Dec. 3rd was the last day of gag grouper season but it ended with a bang. My son and I went out together to try and put a few fillets in the freezer. We did good as you can see.
The big spanish macs were around for a couple of weeks and we had a few good trips with them as the target.
Another great fish we have caught is the hogfish, which are getting more abundant for some reason. We almost never caught them prior to a couple of years ago but now they are becoming part of the catch on almost every trip. They are one of the best eating fish in the gulf.
The mangrove snapper bite has been good also. A friend of mine and I went and put a limit of nice ones in the boat.
Right now the kingfish are going strong and I would love to get some if the wind would lay down so I can get out there. On this trip last week Laura and Chris killed the kings. We caught them till everyone was tired out! I look for the kings, spanish, snapper, trout and redfish as the target species in the coming month. Feb. will be some nice sheepshead if it gets cooler. I would just as soon it would stay in the 80’s all the way to spring but I know cold weather is coming soon. I hope you will come on down and enjoy some fishing with us in the coming months.
Thanks for your business this past year and hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and will have a great New Year. Capt. Tom Sr.
This summer has been a great time with red grouper taking the center stage. I hope it continues into the fall then the gag grouper will move in. Trout fishing in the bay has been fast but mostly small ones. The bigger ones should become more active when the water cools off from the high 80’s it is now. All the rain has prevented it from getting into the 90’s which is a good thing.
We had several weeks of west winds which didn’t help the offshore fishing but it has finally turned to the east and has been beautiful the last few weeks. Trips have slowed down this next week since school is back in but it has been a busy summer.
This time last year I was recovering from shoulder surgery and didn’t get to fish till November. I am glad that is over and have tried to be careful and not reinjure it. Pulling the anchor is the worse problem but my clients have helped with that chore.
I am looking forward to fall fishing as the snook will move into the bay, the trout will get more active, the redfish will start to school and the kingfish will arrive later in the fall. I missed the October fishing last year but look forward to it this year.
Let me know when you want to book a trip and have some fun. As you can see in the pictures below fun has started!! Capt. Tom Sr.
Spring has ended and now we start into our summer season. Tarpon trips take up a big part of my June schedule but beach and bay trips are still very good. Snook is one of the best beach trips followed by speckled trout for those who want something to eat. Snook season closed on May 1st and opens again in September. You can catch them but they have to be released.
All the offshore boats who run out 25-30 miles are out as June 1st is the season opener for red snapper. The great powers to be who regulate our red snapper season has allowed it to stay open for 10 whole days in federal waters where the snapper live. I dont run out 30 miles so it doesnt hurt me too much. There are plenty of mangrove snapper closer in and are just as good eating as the red snapper to me.
Tarpon season is going really good with huge schools of tarpon coming down the beach. This should continue during June and into July, however the schools get smaller in July. Crabs have been the bait of choice and we either buy them or scoop them up in the passes on the afternoon outgoing tides. Scooping them is fun as long as you remember they have powerful claws and can do damage to a finger. One got me last week and it really hurts! I bought 150 dollars worth for a special weekend and the pumps in the bait shop where I keep them alive quit working and they all died. When we buy them they cost us $3 to $3.50 each and sometimes $4. It pays to scoop them yourself if you can keep them alive.
We have had some great trips this past month as the following pictures show. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of you during June. I have some days open so come on down and have some fun!
Fishing this spring has been off the chart with great catches of trout, snook and now the tarpon bite has started. We have also had some great offshore trips with kingfish, sharks, goliath grouper, amberjack and snappers. There are just too many goliath grouper out there and they need to start opening the season to get rid of some of them. You can’t catch a snapper or nice grouper from the goliath eating them. The kingfish bite was awsome this spring. We caught about 15-20 each day. They are great fun and great on the smoker!! Tammy landed this nice one and her sister Jackie and Tammys daughters Megan and Makenzie caught their share also.
On another trip we also had some giant amberjack trying to eat a nice kingfish but we landed the king by a split second before it got eaten.
The snook bite is great with days of 40 snook not uncommon. The season is now closed so you cant keep one but you can still catch and release them. The dolphins are getting really bad trying to eat everyone you let go so we are putting them in the live well then moving away from the dolphins before releasing the snook. You have to go a good ways because the dolphin will follow you. I think they know you have them in the livewell. Randy had a great snook!
The big trout bite has also been great. Here is one caught by Daryl.
The next month will be many tarpon trips and long days on the water but it is fun watching folks catch them. Tarpon is catch and release only so we take a couple of pictures and let them go. Tarpon trips are minimum 6 hrs. We start before 6 am and fish till about 12-1 pm. We also have to catch our crabs we use for bait the afternoon or night before which takes 3 to 4 hrs. So in case you wonder about tarpon trip prices this is the reason. Its not easy and I tell people its like a deer or turkey hunting trip. You may not get one as they do not want to eat all the time. One captain told me he never made a cast in 6 hrs. Other times you can get 10-15 bites. Landing one is another story as most of them are in the 60-200 lb. range. The one pictured here was about 80-100 lbs.
I look forward to seeing you this spring or summer so come on down and have some fun. Capt. Tom Sr.