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Captain Skip Dana Report Dec 22

December 22, 2011

  Fishing over the past few weeks seems to have a common theme, big wind, it’s been blowing pretty much nonstop for about 2 months now. For those willing to brave the seas fishing has been pretty decent. Lot’s of nice dolphin have been caught along the edge from as shallow as 50 feet out to about 400 depending on where the clean water is. With the temperatures still on the warm side and a lack of coldfronts the sailfish bite has really kicked into high gear yet but there are definitely some fish around.

   Boats fishing in the sailfish kickoff last weekend were greeted with what we are becoming used to, east winds around 20 and rough, confused seas. The fishing was less than spectacular with the top boat posting 9 releases and there was really no rhyme or reason to the bite. Other than it being really rough conditions were ideal with nice north current and pretty water but fishing the day of, and the day after the full moon took it’s toll on the fleet as the numbers of releases don’t lie.

   The reef fishing the past couple weeks has been surprisingly good for this late in the year. Good numbers of yellowtails and muttons, and the grouper bite has been on fire. All the wrecks off hillsboro are holding fish if you can stop them. Nice size gags and blacks averaging about 18 pounds with a few bruisers thrown in. Also been catching some cobia off the wrecks if you can get them away from the sharks. Big kings have been harrasing the sailfish fleet from north of hillsboro all the way to the martini glass. Reports of fish in the high 30’s to over 40 have been the norm for about a week now, and they all seem to be deep from 160 to 180 especially off the blue roof.

    The charterboats out of hillsboro have been catching a decent number of wahoo when they’ve been able to get out and some nice fish too. Weather looks like it is finally going to cooperate this coming weekend and the week after christmas into new years. Keep your fingers crossed for the weather to hold off and fishing should be great this whole week. Good luck if you get out, and happy holidays.

Capt. Skip Dana


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