June has been a crazy month for fishing charters. Typically with the great tides we have for Tarpon fishing I would expect more people would call to book those type of charters. For me that has not been the case.
It is a good thing I choose to be a diverse fishing guide and not get tunnel vision and only target a particular species. For one thing I would probably get very few charters and my clients may get bored out of their minds.
So far the month of June has been a month of variety fishing. I have done Grouper and Grunt Charters,Tarpon Charters, and Spanish Mackerel and Shark Charters. It has been a fun month so far and the constant change has kept it interesting to say the least.
I had a call from some regulars of mine who really enjoy catching Grunts and Grouper. I take these clients to some nearshore areas that hold plenty of fish and they seem to always fill the box. This time out they got a pleasant surprise. I traveled out a little further than usual as the sea’s were so calm. I noticed some birds working in the distance and thought this may be a good opportunity for some light tackle Bonita action. I was right and it was not long before Will was battling a hefty Bonita.
Bonita put up a very good fight on light tackle spinning gear. After Will and his dad had enough of battling Bonita I made a move to some nearby structure. What was about to happen topped of the days fishing charter. We found a school of hungry Cobia. After a few cast of a small jig it was a hook up! Drag ripping runs were made and both Will and there fishing friend Steve put two nice Cobia in the boat. These fish weighed in at about 25 lbs. each. I think they had plenty of fish for the table now.
Will and his Dad were pretty excited about that trip and asked me to take them again. We did with different results. They put plenty of Grunts, Porgys and Sea bass in the cooler along with one nice Grouper. I was to busy baiting hook’s and forgot to get pictures.
On another charter it was Spanish mackerel and Sharks. I had a group of 5,three adults and two young boys. These are some of my favorite charters. I love seeing the smiles on kids faces when they catch fish. They caught plenty of fish with a 4′ black tip Shark in the mix. I did not have time on this charter to take pictures,I was just to busy tending to the clients needs.
I had another Tarpon charter. It was a slow bite and we never did get a Tarpon this day. My client did how ever catch a few sharks and at the end of the charter got a surprise and hooked into a 25lb Kingfish! This fish peeled off about 75 yards of line and made several nice runs and put up a nice fight. No it was not a Tarpon but in saltwater you just never know hat you are going to get at times.
The fishing has been awesome so far this month. A variety of fish can be caught. Book a summer time fishing charter and you may get surprised at what you catch!