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Decembers here in South Florida are generally known for their mild weather and calm conditions on the water. This year has been quite out of the normal for weather patterns and the proof has been in the fishing. The windy conditions have really stirred things up, offering those anglers who are willing to brave choppy conditions for the opportunity to catch excellent game-fish off the coast of southern palm beach county.
VIP angler Brad gets an assist from his step-son Dylan to display a fine afternoon catch of Wahoo, Mutton Snapper and Cobia caught aboard the Lady K. The Wahoo hit a sardine attached to a 3/0 circle hook while Brad was dropping the bait to the bottom for snapper. Other anglers on board during the afternoon also caught Yellow-tail Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Grouper and various other bottom fish.
Mahi Mahi (a.k.a. dolphin) were the highlights of the Lady K’s morning trips during the rough windy conditions. Fish weighing up to 20 pounds were caught last week by anglers fishing many different types of rigs, from flat lines on spinning tackle to 1 1/2 once sliding sinker rigs on boat rods, the key to success has been to be ready when the fish show up alongside the vessel.
VIP angler Robbie fished two days in a row on the Lady K, making four trips in total and landed plenty of Mahi Mahi along with Red Grouper and this beautiful Gag or Gray Grouper. The grouper have been feeding heavily around the in-coming cool fronts. Anglers need to really try to get these heavyweight game-fish off the bottom quickly to prevent the fish from “rocking” up, popping off on the reef or getting eaten by the sharks. Reel fast, real fast.
Another nice Gag Grouper comes aboard the Lady K during an overcast morning. There’s only a few weeks of time left to try for one of these tasty, hard fighting game-fish. Grouper season closes January 1st and will re-open May 1st. So don’t delay and plan your offshore adventure today aboard the Lady K. We invite you to try us out if your a first time angler, check out our updated cabin complete with new heads (one for mermaids and one for you pirates), large flat screen TV for any one hoping to watch a favorite sports event and a new fresh, clean and bright cabin interior. Just bring some drinks, your favorite beverage and let us do all the work.
King Mackerel and Cobia up to 35 pounds have been dominating the bite for anglers fishing during the 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm trips.
With too many fish to hold, VIP angler Rojas stands next to his 36 pound King Mackerel and 20 pound Cobia while holding a couple of nice flag Yellow-tail Snapper he caught during a Thursday night fishing trip.
The same trip shows a board with more fish than nails to put them on. Mutton Snapper, Yellow-tail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, King Mackerel and Cobia have been feeding at all depths during the evening hours.
Keep cool this coming summer by fishing either the afternoon or evening trips. The afternoon sea breezes will keep anglers cool while fishing on the shady side boat and protected from the sun. No matter what trip you chose to fish, the month of May has been producing pole bending action from Black-fin Tuna to Yellow-tail Snapper and everything in between. Tight lines and good fishin’.
Sharks live along the South Florida coast and are commonly caught aboard the Lady K. The shark pictured above is an Atlantic Sharp-nose. They seldom reach more than four feet in length but put up a big fight when they eat a rigged sardine. The Lady K sees many different shark species throughout the year, from Great Hammerhead Sharks during the fall and spring to big Bull sharks, which reach weights in excess of 500 pounds, during the summer months. Black-tip, Caribbean Reef, Nurse and the Atlantic Sharp-nose are our most common shark species caught, almost year round.
Sometimes anglers may also lose their catch to sharks or Great Barracudas during their fishing excursions aboard the Lady K. The Lesser Amberjack pictured above was a victim off such an attack and proves that bigger bait means bigger fish. Do you feel like your losing your head this holiday season? Why not take a break, spend four hours relaxing under the South Florida sun on the Lady K for some fishing fun. Tight lines and good fishing.