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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, January 16.

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The report covers out-of-state saltwater fishing
from late fall through winter, New Jersey’s off-season.

Florida
Islamorada

Captain Easy Charters fished a little in past days, cashing in on a few sailfish, some blackfin tuna and lots of king mackerel, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. That was just offshore of the reef, 3 to 6 miles from port, on live bait like goggle eyes and cigar minnows slow-trolled or fished from kites. On the reef itself, about 3 miles from port, good catches of yellowtail, mangrove and mutton snappers were cleaned up. For that, the boat is anchored along the edge of the reef, and a chum slick is set up. The yellowtails bite pieces of cut bait drifted into the slick. The mangroves and muttons chomp the bait as it reaches close to bottom. A live baitfish on a kite is also fished during that angling, nailing king mackerel, cero mackerel and sometimes even sailfish. Rough seas kept trips from motoring farther from shore to deep-drop cut bait like squid for yelloweye and vermillion snappers that have been giving up good catches in 400 feet of water. They can be found at wrecks but are mostly located along hard bottom, usually limestone, with contours like holes and small peaks and valleys. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.