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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, March 27.

| Delaware/Maryland | North Carolina | Florida | Last Week's Report |
THIS IS THE YEAR’S FINAL OFFSEASON REPORT!

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

Florida
Islamorada

Sailfishing was pretty good, said Capt. Bruce Andersen from Captain Easy Charters. Only a couple of trips fished in past days aboard, but both reeled in sails. Sometimes the sails finned along the water surface, and they do that when the tide and wind flow in the same direction. When that happens, anglers can sight-fish for the sails, pitching live bait to them, and sometimes the anglers on these trips caught them that way. Otherwise, they landed the sails on live bait that was slow-trolled or fished from kites. The trips also cranked in yellowtail, mutton and vermilion snappers. The yellowtails bit along the reef, a few miles from port, on chunks of bait in a chum slick. The muttons chomped live bait fished along bottom in 150 feet of water just offshore of the reef, where the sails also gathered. But sails swim closer to the surface, of course. Like the muttons, the vermilions were also taken on live bait along bottom, but in deeper water, 200 feet, farther from shore. Both the muttons and vermilions mostly gather at wrecks along bottom. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

Traveling charters to the Florida Keys fished during the weekend with Mike Lackman and friend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, N.J. They released lemon sharks and bonnethead sharks while sight-casting in shallow flats of the bay. Mike released his first-ever tarpon on the flats. The friend let go a barracuda. They also pulled in jacks, snappers, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, blue runners and more fish from the bay. Traveling charters to the Keys will fish through this coming weekend, and each year fish from Christmas to Easter. Afterward, Joe turns all attention to fishing from Sea Isle City until next Christmas. Visit Website. Call: 609-827-3442.