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Old 01-09-2007, 04:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Year Report

Capt. Bussen Offshore Report 1/2007

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Well, the holidays have come and gone and winter is no where to be found. Not to worry, the fish are still acting like it's winter-time. Although, the lack of cooler water temps have delayed migrations, all other indicators say that January could be banner.

Late December saw the arrival of the long lost gag (grey) grouper. Those winter residents I've been telling you about finally started showing in decent numbers. These fish are starting their pre-spawn activities, so they should be "grouping" or schooling on the reefs and wrecks from 70 feet on out to 300 feet. Many boats in December reported excellent catches of the school size (15lb to 20lb) gags combined with good numbers of amberjack and a few snapper. The snapper are missing in action compared to last year's catches, but they are still a good bet.

I've only got one thing to say about January...Bottom Fishing. If December's catches are any indication, January could be hotter than our unseasonal weather. If you are planning to go grouper digging, be prepared to spend some time catching live bait. Get a jump on the day by catching pinfish prior to the day of your fishing trip, or spend some time on a "bait stop" on your way out. Either way, catching plenty of live bait should be time well spent. In addition, bring an assortment of squid, spanish sardines and other cut bait for additional offerings. No matter what bait you use, the most important thing is being on top of the fish. Personally, I like to anchor directly over or just ahead of my favorite spots depending on the amount of current. The more current you have, the farther ahead of the rock you need to anchor to allow your bait to land in front of the lurking grouper. On the other hand, many people like to drift over their spots, allowing them to fish more bottom in a shorter period of time. The method you choose will require some trial and error and a bit of personal preference.

December also brought on the onslaught of the kingfish run. The bonus to fishing for these speedy critters, is that you seldom have to fish past 90 ft of water this time of year. If you can find some live bait like greenies or threadfin herring catching a limit of kings should be easy as pie. Slow trolling the live bait or spinnin' minnows on stinger rigs will do the trick. Start on the inshore reefs, and work out until you find the action. Once you find the kings, fast action should be the order of the day.



For those of you die hard trollers, there are still a few scattered dolphin around with the occasional blackfin tuna and sailfish. Also, the chances for a big wahoo get better as the schools of smaller kingfish show up. As always, ballyhoo and ballyhoo/lure combos will top the list of baits for the trolling adventure.

No matter what you fish for, start your new year off on the right foot... by getting offshore and bending a rod.

See you on the pond.





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