Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrating Shark Week

The fishing offshore is hot right now, like our weather still is... Our parties are catching gigantic gag grouper, mahi-mahi [dolphin, but not the kind Flipper is], a variety of sharks, toothy barracudas, kingfish here and there, scamp, a variety of snappers- with monster mangrove snapper being the gems of the catch, & fire engine red grouper.  Check out Fred Comley, from Dayton, Ohio.  He's holding a beautiful firetruck red grouper he caught using a sardine in about 120 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Fred and family also caught many more red and gag grouper plus mangrove snapper while on vacation fishing with Capt Larry.
 Some tips on how to catch the largest gag groupers, is to go deep in about 180-200 ft, which will rock your world with the gangster gag grouper. We have caught nice gags in most all depths lately, starting in about 50 ft on shorter trips. On longer trips, Capt. Larry likes to at least start out in 120 ft, and there is where you will tear up some real red groupes, as well as some nice snapper and mahi-mahi. As of Aug 1st Amberjack are back in season and ready for the fight, Rocky style! Capt. Larry recommend for this coming weekend to shoot for a night time mangrove snapper trip, perfect for a fall night.  In case you are already missing summer, here's some summer kingfish, to make you feel all warm inside! From left to right, is Megan Danes a& Megan Kasper with their proud kingfish catches. The big king hit a sardine on a flatline while we were catching grouper and snapper. The ladies took turns fighting the the big mack, along with Nathan Danes finishing the fight.
After coming off the full moon, snappers usually bite the best during this time. August was one of our peak months for mango snappers.  However,  night fishing in September can yield a myriad of different fish. Something to keep in mind: a week after the full moon the tides and current will slow down and the grouper bite will be off the charts. Directly on the full moon, you'll usually have to work much harder for the grouper, due to the stronger current.  Although,we have still caught some huge grouper lately even during the full moon. Always keep a flatline deployed behind the boat for Florida's pelagic species like wahoo, blackfin tuna, cobia, & summertime smoker kings.... Also, it's a great time to help celebrate shark week by catching a large shark. Here's Tamara Wymer (below) with a reef shark, celebrating shark week.  It's important to note after she caught the reef shark, she carefully released it, to be caught for another day! Tamara was using a sardine in 45 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island, while fishing with Joe Wymer and Capt Larry McGuire.

Remember to keep hydrated with lots of water and sports drinks, because fighting fish in this heat, even though it is Autumn, the thirst can hurt! Now is the time to come on out and get you some of this sweet fish & shark action!

Capt. Larry McGuire
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com