Sailfish season is in full swing and the bite is going off. The cold fronts this month are really getting the sailfish stirred up out here. The best bite is going on just outside the reef in 100 to 150 feet. Trolling rigged ballyhoo or slow trolling live baits works well for sails, but the undisputed most productive way to catch sailfish is by kite fishing. Kite fishing is exciting because when the sailfish comes up to take the bait, he has to chase the bait around on the top of the water and you get to see it all. With half the sailfish out of the water and his dorsal fin erect as he frantically chases the bait, the bite sequence is incredible to watch. It’s no wonder that sailfish are the world’s most sought after game fish.
Offshore, there is some pretty awesome action going on too. Scattered schools of mostly schoolie sized dolphin are biting while trolling along the weedlines offshore. Some bigger, gaffer sized dolphin are also around. Keep a sharp lookout for floating debris or frigate birds circling low to the water. Last week we caught two white marlin on offshore trips. Daytime deep dropping for swordfish is getting really good too. More than a few really big swordfish were caught last month and the bite doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Daytime swordfishing is a relatively new technique that targets them by dropping baits down to the bottom in 1200 to 1800 feet, where they hang out during the daylight hours. The bigger swordfish seem to bite better during the day than at night. Last year, November was our best month for swordfish. There are lots of big game fish around now.
Let’s go fishing! Tight lines everyone.
Capt. Nick Colosi
New Lattitude Sportfishing