The offshore action has been hotter than ever lately, giving us as much amberjack, mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, porgies and sharks as we can handle! But as Martha Stewart says: "It's a good thing!" Recently on a trip, we had a 9 ft hammerhead shark (as visible in the slide show at the top of the blog), that followed up our amberjacks to the boat. That was definitely a pleasant surprise! With my fishing trips, you never know for sure what will happen, but it'll definitely be good times, that is guaranteed!
On February 1st, grouper went out of season , but it will reopen on April 1st. All is certainly not lost; we can still catch other fantastic fish, all day long! Lately it has been up to the limit catches of snappers and awesome amberjacks, plus many other tasty species that our available. There is also a good chance for blackfin tuna in deeper water this month. The best action is starting at 125 ft, where we fish wrecks and large ledges, using large live baits and butterfly jigs as bait. While you are closer in (and especially on the artificial reefs), look for monster-sized sheephead on the 1 and 3 mile reefs. Also there, you'll find mangrove snappers, porgies and all the key west grunts you want.
The picture above (from left to right) is of Larry Garvin, Geoff Worthing, Dennis Wickie,Don Kirkwood, Bill Rolston, and George McMillan from Ironwood, Bradenton. They have an impressive catch of greater amberjack. These serious anglers weren't playing around and also caught gag grouper, snappers, porgies, and lesser amberjacks. That same trip they caught and released more amberjacks, leaving some for you to catch on your next trip! We were fishing offshore of Anna Maria Island, in about 155 ft, using both live and artificial baits. The next post could have YOU in it, proudly holding fish. Give me a call, and we can make a memorable fishing trip happen!
Capt. Larry McGuire
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operating out of the Cortez Fishing Center
Cell: (941) 713 - 4606