Finally our winds back off a few days to allow access to great near shore Gulf fishing.
We had a couple days we could get out and enjoy the mackerel bite on the near shore artificial reef systems. The action was almost too fast for me to keep up with the Makowski Family Wednesday morning. They wanted to enjoy some family time saltwater fishing. We got lucky on the weather; so they had the time of a lifetime. Older daughter Abby actually suffered a sore arm from reeling in so many fish, seriously, lol. Brother Noah stayed on his game and even had a big barracuda thrill as the three foot fish chased his big blue runner right beside the boat. It even jumped alongside and had everyone excited. Kylie was the youngest but caught so many fish she lost count; but did claim all if them at the cleaning table on Little Gasparilla Island after out trip. This Michigan family went home with a mess of fish and some wonderful memories. It was a pleasure to help Kyle and Katy share quality time with their awesome children.
The inside/bay fishing is still up and down with no minnows yet? Our waters are warming back up again; so I have my Captain Van’s Magic Chum handy and ready when minnows do show up. Trout and macks save or trips inside but I do expect to see more snook soon. We are getting a few on shrimp but minnows will help here as the pinfish are back. We are catching fish most of the time but not like I’m used to; I could be a little spoiled?
We trolled blue runners awhile up by Venice for king mackerel again yesterday but none yet. Bait outside is available but not showing at the surface. The warmer water should help here too. Predictions are for continued warming so Spring appears to be arriving here now. Birds are headed north and flowers are blooming.
Boca Grande tarpon and snook action will pick up soon don’t miss the action. I have limited openings so don’t wait to make your reservations please. If I’m already booked I can usually help you get hooked up with a good guide. Also note that you may want to give me the chance to talk with you before you book because the captain fishing during the day is on top of the fish while the guys at home answering the phone is, well at home! Book with local guides and get the experience you desire and pay for. Thank you Captain Van Hubbard