Good Reef Action!
<p>After my last report I had a couple of charters and then I headed with the rest of the family to the Keys for some much needed rest and relaxation. During my stay in the keys I mangaged to do some lobster diving and bottom fishing and both trips were very successful.
Before I get into my time in the Keys let me mention what the action was like here before I left. On 7/18 I fished with Mike his son in law and his two grandsons. Bait was tough but the kids had a good time rounding it up. After a short run to the reef I put the lines out and we quickly got a couple of bites. Unfortunately the moderate seas got the best of one of the youngsters and we had to cut the trip short.
On 7/19 I was fishing with Capt. Diego Toiran producer and host of what is probably the only spanish language television show in South Florida called "Pescando En Los Cayos" (Fishing the Keys). Our goal was to catch a variety of fish using some of the latest gear from Daiwa one of the show's sponsors. We proceeded to catch a few jacks on some of the new vertical jigs and we also caught some nice kings on live gogle eyes fished deep. Later in the day when the bite slowed we headed for deeper water where we caught several fish on the new power assist reels. Species caught included almaco jacks, vermillion snapper, and a pair of nice snowy grouper. After the second grouper we decided to end the day because we already had more than enough footage.
During my stay in the Keys I spent a lot of time swimming and snorkeling with the kids and they had a ball. I did manage to get in a couple of real nice trips. On the opening morning of the lobester mini season we went out early and had our limit of 24 bugs in 2-3 hours. A couple of days later we headed out in the late afternoon for the mangrove snapper bite which was rumored to be hot. Once we arrived at the spot we saw over a dozen boats anchored there and the current was completely slack. At this point I thought we would be in for a long night. Fortunately for us the mangroves cooperated and we caught our bag limit and release many other keeper size fish.
Yesterday I spoke to a fellow captain that told me that the kingfish action has remained strong especially in the early morning hours. Along with the kings there are also many bonito roaming the reefs.
If you're interested in getting in on the action contact me so that we can put something together.
Capt. Orlando Muniz
Snowing in Miami
About The Author: Captain Orlando Muniz
Company: Nomad Fishing Charters
Area Reporting: Miami/Key Biscayne
Bio: Capt. Orlando Muniz has been fishing the waters off Miami, South Florida and the Keys for more than twenty years. During the last few years, he has been featured several popular angling magazines and web sites. He is also a current member of the Mercury Marine and the Bass Pro Shops pro teams. Orlando has a degree and background in education that better equips him to share his knowledge with customers. Fishing has always been a passion of his - one which he truly enjoys passing on to others.