Spring time is back and the fishing has been very good here in South Florida.  The sailfish bite has really ramped up over the past few weeks compared to the mild numbers caught during the winter.  A few boats have been putting up double digits north of Jupiter using dead bait and the live bait action has been nothing less than spectacular farther south.

A group of United Brokers and myself recently fished a KDW tournament of out Fort Pierce and had an amazing day out on the water.  We managed to catch a boat load of kingfish, a nice 25 pound Dolphin, and a few unexpected but always welcome sailfish to round out the day. We ended up getting 5th place Dolphin overall and didn’t come close to weighing a winning king fish.  Although, we did have a very 45+ pound king get eaten boat side by an angry Hammerhead shark.  Pretty cool sight on a slick flat calm ocean even though the shark may have cost us a winning fish.  Ohh well.

IMG_20140223_101421A good friend of mine and client caught a monster swordfish off Miami this past month and almost took down the state record!!!!  A true “Old Man in the Sea” tale from him.  Fishing solo at night, he hooked a 525 pound swordfish and fought her for over six hours.  Finally boat side, he could not haul the fish onto the boat so he tied the fish to the side of the boat and dragged her 30 miles back home to the dock.

Congratulations Keith on the excellent work.

Although grouper season is not open anymore, we have been hearing good reports of big Gags and Reds being caught off the reefs around 90-140 feet of water.

And of course, we can’t forget our neighbors across the pond; the Bahamas is fishing is just starting to really heat up with decent numbers of Yellow Fin Tuna starting to show up along with big Dolphin and the occasional Blue Marlin.

Time to punch out the time card and get out on the water.

Safe travels.

file.jpgCapt. Keegan Bird