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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, February 24.

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

Florida
Islamorada

A couple of the daytime swordfishing trips sailed with Captain Easy Charters, each catching a sword, not big, but keepers, 60 or 70 pounds apiece, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. The trips can be fascinating, because of the angling during the daytime, instead of the usual nighttime fishing for them in the Northeast. To hook the light-sensitive fish, the daytime trips fish baits deep along bottom, in 1,500-foot depths. That’s 25 miles off Islamorada, and the swords are usually cranked-in by hand. But an electric Daiwa MP 3000 reel, listing for $3,500, is also available aboard that can either be hand-cranked or used to automatically reel in the fish. Most anglers reel themselves, but the Daiwa is handy for reeling up to check baits. “It’s really nice,” he said. In addition to the swords, a little of everything, he said, was landed on the boat this past week. A trip Monday beat a sailfish and a couple of mahi mahi just offshore of the reef, in 100-and-some feet, a few miles from port. Mutton snappers were swung in from a patch reef, in the 20-foot shallows, just inshore of the reef, the other day. Trips usually fish for them and other catches, like yellowtail snappers and porgies, when weather’s rough. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.