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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, December 16.

| Attention: | New York | Maryland | North Carolina | Florida |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY

Welcome to the season’s first Offseason Report!

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

Florida
Islamorada

Captain Easy Charters was just getting ready to begin fishing for winter, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. The boat had been dry docked to be readied, but trips aboard already fished a little. Sailfish, king mackerel, mahi mahi and mutton snappers were landed, just offshore of the reef, 3 or 4 miles from port. Live bait like ballyhoos and cigar minnows were trolled for the sails, kings and mahi. This wasn’t the peak time of year for mahi, but quite a few bit during sailfishing. Mahi can be mixed in with different catches throughout the year, but fishing specifically for them peaks during warmer months. Sailfishing is about to peak, usually becoming best from the second half of December to throughout January and into part of February. The muttons were hooked along bottom either at wrecks, on live bait dropped down to the fish, or along open bottom, on trolled live bait, when a rod was fished deep for them during sailfishing. Weather was around 80 degrees every day recently, and was 72 at 6 p.m. Monday, when Bruce gave this report in a phone call. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.