Bimini Offshore Fishing Forecast – January 2013

Recent spearfish action captured by Carolina Gentleman, North Bimini. PHOTO PROVIDED BY: Capt. Skipper Gentry.

January is a great time to get over to the Bahamas. You can still plan around the weather to bring your own boat here or come fish on one of the local charter boats and leave all the worries to the experienced captains and mates. January is unique in the Biminis in that there is a wide variety of fish species “visiting” at this time of year–from bottom fishing for grouper and snapper to great offshore fishing for wahoo. January is the beginning of the peak season for wahoo fishing. Last year there was a 100 pounder weighed in at the Bimini big Game Club on New Year’s Eve.

There are two styles people use to target wahoo. First is high-speed trolling with heavy lures, shock leaders and additional trolling weights trolling at 12 to 17 knots. If the high speed thing is not for you, you can slow it down and pull natural baits topped with lures just beneath the surface as well as diving plugs and planers to get the baits down deep. This is a good strategy because all the water column is covered. By utilizing this method you stand the chance of catching other species such as dolphin and sailfish as well.

While on the topic of sails, remember that there are plenty of sailfish here this time of the year. Live bait fishing is the best bet once you find them and there is an abundant amount of live bait in the channel. We even caught a spearfish a couple of weeks ago while slow trolling ballyhoo around some debris offshore, as well as catching a dozen dolphin.

Come on over and enjoy the crystal clear water and great fishery that The Biminis have to offer.

FORECAST BY: Capt. Skipper Gentry/Carolina Gentleman
Bimini Big Game Club
Alice Town, Bimini, Bahamas
Phone: (305) 320-3011 or (242) 347-3391