Offshore Bite Heats Up
This year as many of our anglers know has been very tough offshore. May and June was supposed to be our dolphin or mahi-mahi run, but they did not come through like in past years. Being in business since 2010, I have gotten to know many other captains and they are all saying the same thing about our season – slow and few and far between!
FINALLY some good news, the offshore bite has reignited once again! Since the end of October, we have had a consistent bite of blackfin tuna and sailfish. Also, the dolphin bite has picked up, and of course, the occasional wahoo will be landed as well! If this is a sign for our upcoming season I am very excited!
The reef bite has remained the same a nice mix of snappers, and now that the water is cooling, mackerels are coming through as well. And for those who don’t want to stray too far and stay in the calm waters the bonefish, sharks, and permit have been on the flats.
Capt. Eric Evans
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Growing up, I always looked forward to all water activities - whether it was swimming, scuba diving or fishing. I visited Key West and was mesmerized by the warm weather, laid-back lifestyle and the beautiful waters - where the ocean meets the gulf. I packed-up my things and moved to the southernmost city.
At first, I held multiple jobs got on the water as often as I could. I was fortunate to have some local watermen take me under their wings and show me the art and science of offshore fishing. I quickly progressed from deck hand, to mate, to captain. It was a great experience and I still help them out to this day.
Nowadays, I still love fishing and spend most of my free time fishing. I will go out and try different techniques or try to find new spots. In the slower season, I spend much of my time under the water studying the fish behavior and how they are affected with the tides and moon phase. As I progress as a captain and angler, I always try to push myself into more challenging situations.