The reef bite has been just good enough the past few days, as the Snappers have been adjusting to the cooler water temperatures and have definitely been biting better on the incoming tide’s warmer temperatures. Catching enough for dinner has been fairly easy, but if you time it correctly, you can catch more than your share. Plenty of Kings have moved in on the edge of the reef, and a lot of Cero Mackerels have been in the chum slick. The Grouper fishing has been pretty good to the South, as well as Mutton Snappers from 160’ in to the patches. Remember that Grouper season closes on the first of the month until May 1st, so if Grouper are what you are after you are running out of time. The Cobia have showed up well this past week with the calmer seas, and if the North wind slicks off a bit I am sure they will be around again. The best of this is by Tennessee reef, and if you can find the Stingrays, you will more than likely find the Cobia. Grunts have been the bait of choice for these guys, so load up on the patches and start looking. They are not very easy to find, but if you have the available time to put in you just might end up with a box full of nice fish. This past week the fish were averaging 20 to 60 pounds.
Well, that’s all I got for this week! I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and if you need me please give me a call at 305-803-1321. I will be happy to help in any way that I can! Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to you all!
Capt. James Chappell