What we fish for and what we catch all depends on the time of year and the length of our trip. For this report we will talk about the longer trips that we do. 8 hrs, 10 hrs and 12 hrs are all considered to be an “All day trip”. So are 14, 16 and 18 hrs trips. The general rule of thumb is always…”Longer is better”
The all day trips allow us to get further offshore to where the fish are typically bigger. From Feb to early May we are live bait bottom fishing for amberjacks, red groupers and scamp groupers. During the last 2 weeks of May the Wahoo and black fin tuna also show up offshore. We also target reef fish like vermillion snappers and triggerfish.
Once June 1st gets here we shift gears and start targeting big red snappers as well as gag groupers, king mackerel, Wahoo and black fin tuna. As the summer months heat up so does the offshore fishing for marlin, sailfish and mahi mahi.
In the Fall of the year is when things get interesting… the yellowfin tuna fishing is at a peak in Sept, Oct and November. Bottom fishing for groupers and amberjacks is good as well as the surface fishing for wahoo, marlin and king mackerel. The month of October is the Destin fishing Rodeo, which is a month long fishing tournament.
Every year is different.. Every trip is different…some years the amberjacks show up early and are everywhere.. And the very next year they might be hard to find. Same goes with all of the fish that we target.