Fishing in December was fun and varied in spite of the weather. No snow, of course, but some great fishing. Here’s what we caught…
Inshore Fishing Charters: lots of snook, snapper, jacks, barracuda, tripletail, some elusive tarpon, and some powerful sharks.
Offshore Charters: an awesome sailfish, plus grouper, amberjack, and some blackfin tuna.
Read on for details and killer pics.
So far, December has had some mixed weather forecasts. For sunny South Florida, that is. Overall, the fish don’t seem to mind too much, and we’ve had some great fishing days.
Plenty of Inshore Fish To Fight, Plus Some Wild Dolphins
On an inshore Miami fishing charter with a group from Wisconsin, we started out with rain in the forecast but were lucky enough to be in the clear all day long with overcast skies. The temperature was nice, not too hot. While catching bait we were surrounded by porpoises. Everybody was very excited since they had never seen dolphins in the wild.
Once we caught bait, we went fishing and caught and released several snook, snapper, and plenty of Jack Crevalle fish. They were on average from 2 to 5 pounds, which was exactly what this group wanted, since fishing in Northern waters, they had only caught small fish. They soon realized that the fish here fight a lot more than they were used to back home.
We tried one last spot for shark but they were not there – now they have a reason to come back next time.
One Cast Net of Bait. An Entire Day of Fishing in Miami Bay.
I took another group from California fishing in the Bay just inside Miami Beach and we also had a bad forecast with an 80% chance of rain. We really only had about five minutes of drizzle while we cut bait fish, which were plentiful. With one throw of the cast net, we had enough bait for the entire day.
We were able to fish for several different species from Jack Crevalles to barracudas, snook, tarpon, and shark. We ended up landing plenty of Jack Crevalle, a few snapper, a few snook and barracudas, but the big tarpon was hooked and lost. Still, the group was able to see it while it jumped, which is always a great sight.
These guys had previously lived here and were very impressed with the fish, having tried to fish before but were never able to catch these on their own.
Two Kid Brothers Go Three Rounds for Tripletail
Did some inshore fishing with David and the kids. It was very windy with a small craft advisory, so we stayed inshore in the intercoastal waterways and we were able to catch several snook, triple tails, jacks and barracudas, which we used for bait to catch a bull shark in the bay in calm waters.
Nice Sails & More Offshore
Finally the winds came down enough to make it offshore fishing on our charter. We had several trips, and sailfish and blackfin tuna were biting, with some bottom fish like grouper and amberjacks also feeding around the artificial reefs. The pictures tell the story best!
The Last Fish of 2015!
Weather has stayed warm to bring in the New Year and we have had our resident fish stick around longer and are waiting for migrating fish to come down in front of cooler weather. Here are the last fish of 2015.