Lance and Samantha (6-years old ) of Wellington fished inshore and caught a variety of jack, ladyfish, croakers, and runners.
The action was consistent using hand-tied jig and shrimp combos, on ultra-light spin tackle.
Samantha was a quick learner catching multiple fish on her own after a little teaching.
We lost count of our 50-point per fish that Sam caught.
Good job Sam!
Good fishing and God Bless,
Michael a.k.a "Biggie", holding a 51-pound smoker king
Good day fishing fans!
Today we went hunting for the hard fighting, long running, "smoker" or jumbo kingfish.
The winds were variable from the north northwest, moving around to the north on occasion. Sky was overcast most of the day with the sun poking out only once in a while. Air temperature was bouncing from the 50's in the A.M., to the 60's during the middle of the day, then dropping when the sun got low in the sky.
All in all it was very pleasant on the water, only a 1-2 foot seas.
We started out catching some live bait. Once the wells were filled, we headed out to the deep blue sea.
There we drifted and anchored our way to some fast action fishing. The strange thing was it was all kings nothing else, although we did have a big battle with a mystery fish that got away before we could see it.
I think the most we waited was 20-minutes between bites. The fish all weighed between 17 to 51 pounds, and we had one fish that almost took all our 340 yards of line before it broke free.
Good fishing, good luck and God bless,
This is your new blog post. Click here and start typing, or drag in elements from the top bar.
Hello fishing fans and happy new year!
Wintertime is a good time to fish our area, no matter which direction you go. The backcountry fishing is pretty good this time of year, with catches of up to 8-species in a single half day trip.
We are using ultra light spin, and fly tackle, with hand tied jigs and flies for bait.
Near shore , the varieties of fish can be extensive as well . Spinner shark, jack, bluefish, runners, ladyfish, mackerel, pompano are all possible catches.
Offshore, the sailfish, kings, dolphin, and snapper might take your bait offering.
Over all, the weather is great, with cool days and low humidity .
Good luck, have fun, and God bless,
This report is also available at www.anglerweb.com!
Preston's feeding David a freshly caught trumpet fish!
Happy New Year to all of you fishermen out there in cyberspace!
I can't believe it's 2012. David, Preston, and Pete, caught a variety of 8-species near shore just before a front hit the other day.
The fish varieties were jack , runners , aj , snapper, sea bass , lizard fish, trumpet fish and lady fish. The boys were casting hand-tied jigs tipped with shrimp, on ultra-light spinners. We then ran offshore looking for some bigger fish in various depths, only to be greeted with dropping barometers , falling temperatures, and rain. Unfortunately that didn't work out, but we did have a lot of fun.
God bless everyone and have a good 2012!
The wind and seas were calmer today, allowing a window of time to fish in the ocean. Mackerel of all sizes invaded our area . These oily fish - source of "good omega oil" - were hitting most of the anglers offerings.
Sure, it is important to ice the fish down to have a tasty meal, otherwise they turn to mush quickly. That's my dinner!
The weather is great comparatively speaking. This is a great time of the year to be right here in South Florida.
Sure, we have some wind, but we can still fish inside in the protected water, like we did the other day.
We have just launched Seacretspot's new website! Apart from the new design, this website will provide regular fishing updates and links that hopefully will be beneficial to my old and new clients alike.
Mike Conner of Florida Sportsman magazine writes about our fly fishing trip for Bonito. Please click here to read the full story.
We have all heard the chit-chat about “glamour” fish at your local tackle store, marinas, and just about anyplace where folks talk about fishing. You know— a slam of this, or a slam of that. Mind you, I’m not knocking anyone who can catch three highly-prized game fish in one outing either on the flats, backcountry, or offshore. That’s quite an accomplishment, in anyone’s book.
But, living here in South Florida is quite a blessing in many ways and one of the fishing benefits is that here in Jupiter it’s not uncommon to catch six or more species of fish on any given summer day. Sure, it’s super hot and the afternoon thunderstorms can be problematic. However, some excellent fly-fishing opportunities exist, and some of the best and most exciting fly fishing is for species that are not high on the “glamour” list, but are as fun as can be. One particular species that’s one heck of a lot of fun to catch on a fly rod is the bonito, AKA: albie, football, hardhead, or bombers. It’s sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of fish; until recently, “it got no respect.” But that all changed when fly-fishermen discovered that this cousin of the tuna can be caught in good numbers close to the boat and that they hit like you hooked a car going 30 mph, and then take off, not once, but for as many as four long runs. Pound for pound they are one of the best fighting fish in any body of water anywhere. My clients are often surprised when they discover I was not exaggerating about the hard fighting qualities of this fish.
During the months of May, June, July, and August, when the small baitfish are plentiful in the Jupiter area, the albies won’t be far behind. Mixed in with the albies out in the ocean depths, it’s not uncommon to catch a cornucopia of other fish such as rainbow runners, blue runners, dolphin, jack, sails, marlin, sharks, cobia tripletail, and kingfish.
When properly chummed, albies explode on the surface, and it gets really exciting really fast when you cast your fly into the teaming melee and strip set the hook.
Hold on tight, make sure your line is clear of anything that it will snag on (like your precious fingers!), and get that fish on the reel quick or be assured that Murphy’s law will kick in; and whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
High-sticking a fly rod with an albie on the other end is a big problem. If you have ever done it, you know why. They break 12- and 14-weight rods as if they were pretzel sticks.
A 15-pound fish can dump a couple of hundred yards of line in a flash, so get your act together quickly. Albie fishing is a type of fishing that will change the way you think about fly-fishing. It’s amazing that a fish that weighs under 20 pounds will be your new standard of excellence.
I prefer an Orvis Large Arbor Vortex Big Game 10-13 wt. reel loaded with Orvis gel-spun backing, and attached to either Tarpon Wonderline Gen 3, or clear sink-tip fly line. It’s important to use Mirage Fluorocarbon 14.5# or 20 # leader material, since albies are very leader-shy at times. Mirage keeps the visibility of the leader to the very minimum. A Cowen Silverside #jv19l3-00 or a Blados Crease Fly # jv44k5-21 are good fly choices and will get you plenty of action.
One final thought
Unless you are using the caught albies for something special, I encourage you to practice catch and release. That way these beautiful game fish can live to fight again. Be gentle on the fish and remember they tend to behave when you turn them belly up when dehooking. Since bonito are fast-moving fish, it’s important to launch them head first into the water to get them breathing again.
Capt. Cliff Budd is an Orvisendorsed fly fishing guide fishing out of Jupiter, Florida. He can be reached at 561-745-9178 in the early evening, or visit www.seacretspot.com
This report can also be found in Orvis website. Please click here.
Click image to enlarge
Spinner sharks that have been swimming near the beaches have made the evening news once again this year. When sightseeing from a helicopter or a slow moving airplane, it's possible to see up to 20 spinner sharks in the shallow waters of some beaches in the area.
When we realize how close these predators swim to the shore's edge, their presence evokes an instinctual feeling of fear mixed with excitement. Although these sharks are not considered man-eating, I'm sure that they are responsible for biting an unsus-pected surfer or two in murky waters.
Spinner sharks have been migrating through our area for as many years as anyone can remember. Most of these sharks are comparably small to other species of sharks. Spinners typically weigh between 50 and 100 pounds.
Some anglers think that spinner sharks and black tip sharks are one and the same. However, this is not the case. They are two completely different species of shark. As their name implies, black tip sharks have black tipped fins. The coloration of the two kinds of sharks is similar, except that the spinner shark has a whitish or grey band on its inferior sides. Another difference is that when a spinner shark is hooked, it jumps and spins in the air after a long run. Black tips, on the other hand, don't jump.
These spinner sharks, which are an important part of the food chain, will be migrating out of our area as soon as the water warms up. When it comes to sport fishing, catching spinner sharks on fly and light tackle is as good as it gets. Fishermen look forward to their presence and they are usually reluctant to see them migrate away from our area.