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March Report from Capt Art Sapp - Native Son Charters

March 6, 2012

As warm of a winter as we have had I guess it should be no surprise that we are getting spring patterns early this year.  On a recent trip we saw large kings in the mid to upper 30’s with some in the 40’s.
There was a steady dolphin bite with most of the fish being small gaffers.  The sailfish have been a little slow through the winter, though I expect to see very large numbers of them pouring through this spring.  We have been seeing pretty decent numbers just recently, and I only expect it to get better.  All of this action has been pretty shallow, inside of 120 feet.  The big kings have been holding in the 80 to 90 foot range.  That is definitely deeper than I would expect.  I can only assume that it is because the big schools of Spanish mackerel didn’t show up on our beaches for very long this year.  There have been a surprising number of wahoo around this year as well.  It seems we are getting a bite or two on every other trip.  It would be great if they hung around in to the spring.

 Even though the cobias haven’t shown up yet, I expect them to be on the wrecks very soon along with the African pompanos, large mutton snappers, and of course the groupers (that we are going to be allowed to keep in April).  That is something we always look forward to.   So if the opportunity presents itself get out there and enjoy some of the early spring action.

Capt. Art Sapp

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