Sail's On The Move!
Report Date: November 15, 2006
Sailfish season is approaching fast. Many good reports of sailfish "balling bait" off Palm Beach have come in over the last week or so. Although, we have not been fortunate enough to encounter this extraordinary phenomenon have have caught sailfish.
The lack of summertime bait schools have forced us to buy live bait from Mr. Sportsman Live Bait in Jupiter Inlet.
Once the live bait is secured we've headed offshore in search of fishy conditions. Over the past weekend we've encountered a decent current edge in approximately 180-200 feet of water. It wasn't loaded with weeds and did not have a distinct color change, but were positive signs of life. Our next adventure was trying to keep the kite flying steady. After almost two weeks of near 20 mph winds, it was totally dead calm making it nearly impossible to get the proper presentation. Luckily I had my small helium tank on board and we had the kite soaring like an Eagle.
While waiting for the sail bite, we sent baits to the bottom with limited success. There has been almost no current over the reef forcing us into deeper water were we caught some Yellowtail Snapper, Blue Runners, Rainbow Runners, Grunts and Trigger fish.
We've ensured our success by rigging our live baits with wire leaders to prevent bite offs because there have been King Mackerel cruising offshore.
Dolphin have shown up unexpectedly and were a welcome adversary.
Along the beaches there have been tons of Bluefish, along with Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, and Ladyfish. Jigs, spoons and live shrimp with take them with ease.
I would anticipate sailfishing to pick to considerably over the next few weeks and peak in mid-January.
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