The weather has been great to bring in the New Year, allowing us to fish just about every day over the last couple of weeks. And the offshore fishing has been excellent.

The amberjack have moved into their wintertime habitat, and they are large and hungry to start the season.

We have caught as many as 7-8 on a recent trip, and have caught them every time we have fished for them on 8-10 hour offshore trips. The grouper have also been more than cooperative on our longer trips with some very nice gags caught and released.

And we have been able to bring in nice near limit catches of red grouper now that the season has reopened.

Although we do have to get out past the 30 mile range to find good numbers of red grouper over the 20” minimum size to keep. The mild temperatures for December have also seen a lot of big sandbar sharks in the 6-8’ range invade some areas we have been fishing, making for some great battles for our customers. Out that distance we have also continued to catch some nice yellowtail snapper, scamp grouper, lots of fine tasting porgies, and we got a surprise of a few decent mutton snapper on a recent trip.

On the shorter trips inside of the 20 mile range we are still able to get good numbers of porgies, lane and mangrove snapper, along with big grunts for the cleaning table, and tons of short red grouper.