In a few weeks it will be officially spring and that means the kingfish run will finally begin. Kingfish come through in their best numbers throughout the spring and summer months. Best drifting technique for kingfish is a plain ballyhoo weighted and sunk to the depth where the kings are moving through. Bonitos and blackfin tunas are also regular catches on the drift boat this time of year. Mahi mahi usually come in on the reef to spawn this month for a few days when the fishing gets extra hot. This is about the only time of year when you can catch good numbers of large mahi mahi in just 100 feet of water. A couple of sailfish will surely get caught by lucky drift fishermen too. Drop down to the bottom for some nice size mutton snappers. Mutton snapper can’t resist a ballyhoo plug on the bottom. March is a fun month for fishing because you never know what you may catch.
Night fishing in March is great too. Groupers are biting really good, but unfortunately are out of season. Yellowtail snappers and mangrove snappers are still giving us good action on the night trips and make up the majority of our catch. Lots of grunts and all kinds of different bottom fish are caught night fishing. The larger fish we catch on the night anchor trips are mutton snappers, an occasional cobia and sharks. Sometimes in March we get slammed by a school of sharks, usually either Cuban night sharks or Atlantic sharpnose sharks. We always catch a good variety of different species on the night anchor trip and the nights when the snappers snap, we come in with a boatload of fish.
There’s good fishing on the drift boats in March. Come on out and Let’s Go Fishing!
Sea ya on the water…
Capt. Paul Roydhouse