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I’m happy to report that the fishing in January has been great. The sailfish have been just pouring thru the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Miami</st1:place></st1:City> area. Yesterday they concluded the Mayors Cup Tournament and in the process set a new record with 53 boats totaling 659 sailfish releases. One boat in particular released 36 sailfish. Those are the types of numbers that you see in <st1:place>Central America</st1:place>. But you can find that here, in <st1:City><st1:place>Miami</st1:place></st1:City> and you don’t even need a passport.

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My worst day of sail fishing was 4 for 11. We also managed to catch several mahi- mahi and a kingfish. That is how good the fishing is in <st1:City><st1:place>Miami</st1:place></st1:City>. We have been catching our sails on threadfin herring and goggle eyes. We have been fishing anywhere from the <st1:place><st1:PlaceName>Twin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType>Towers</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to Fowey light. Look for the sailfish action to continue.

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In addition the sailfish we have also been catching mahi-mahi. I hate to say this but on some days when we are targeting sailfish the mahi can become a pest because they also love to eat the same goggle eyes the sailfish do. But it is a welcome pest and they are fun to catch. They have also been catching groupers, almacos, and amberjacks on the wrecks. Truth be told I have not bottom fished sine I have primarily been sailfishing and tarpon fishing. But they are there.

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I fished with Greg Logan and his son Jessie a couple of day ago and we had a great time. After getting a late start we headed out to the reef. They really wanted to catch a tarpon since last year Jessie caught 4 sails on a half day trip. But off we went to kill some time before the tarpon fishing started. Jessie who is only 13 has become a good angler. So to test his skills we put a 12# rod and waited all of about 10 minutes. Up came a sail and the fight was on 53 minutes later Jessie released a beautiful 50 plus pound sail. After we exchanged high fives we set off for the tarpon grounds.

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Jessie’s luck would continue. Five minutes into our first drift we had a large tarpon on. This was a large fish over 100 pounds. We fought and successfully released the fish. We returned to the same exact spot that we caught the first fish at and this time it only took about 45 second and we had our second fish on. The night would continue as such and we ended up going 1/1 on the sailfish and 4/4 on the tarpon.

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Look for the tarpon fishing to remain strong from here on in and the fishing in general to keep getting better. To get in on the action give me a call and let’s put something together. I have only a couple of days in February left as the boat show comes into town and it gets mighty busy. Till next time.

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Best of Luck…

Lucky Fishing Charters

Capt. Gil Gutierrez

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