December 2019 Report

December 2nd, 2019

When I think of December many thoughts come to mind.  So many things are happening, big changes are coming and it all culminates with a busy holiday week to finish the month and year.  Thankfully, the weather has been mostly warm here and many opportunities wait for you to take advantage of.  From fishing to snorkeling to nearly anything you can think of, now is a great time of the year to give yourself a gift of a play day on the water.

Quality Family Time!!

As the water cools, fishing becomes the star of December.  No different than you coming to seek refuge in our warmer climate, so does a large migration of fish.  Many of our reef fish come shallower to feed on an abundance of bait giving us more closer to shore options.  This makes fishing even on the windy days possible and often very productive for snapper, grouper, mackerel, porgies and a dozen other species.

A big Hogfish

Other windy day options are bridge fishing for snapper and an assorted mix in the bay where we target mangrove snapper and spanish mackerel. On the nicer days we are hitting the deep reef edge for yellowtail snapper or drifting the deep wrecks for mutton snapper, kingfish and amberjacks.

A beautiful Permit (released)

Fishing far offshore can be great for blackfin tuna.  Dolphin are no longer targetable in numbers, but can be found on a “magical” piece of floating debris if found in the right place.

A big Dolphin from an offshore trip

In the water activities have been pretty good. Conditions are different day to day and tide to tide. The water has been on a pretty long stretch of good clarity. Temperatures are hovering in the mid 70’s, so wetsuits are a great option. They can be rented from Captain Hooks Marina for a minimal cost in contrast to the comfort it can provide. Jellyfish have been here and there, so a rash guard is the very least you should be wearing to make your snorkeling experience more pleasant.

family snorkeling at Coffin’s Patch Reef

That’s about it for the report. Things are good and December bookings are filling up fast. I am going to be very busy and getting on my program goes a long way. I do this every day and I know how to make it run smoothly. Fill out your group information in the notes section. If you don’t want to tell me who is coming and what we are doing, I will prepare for a basic trip. I have no problem with that. Please check in 48 hours before your trip. Chasing you down when you are vacation wastes a ton of my time. Please advise me of any medical issues or additional difficulties I may have when you and your group are on my boat. November was exhausting dealing with every kind of surprise medical issue and condition. Tons of people puking in flat calm seas because NOBODY took their meds. It ate the finish off the side of my boat!! Not happy about that at all. I had every kind of horrible knees/knee problems/knees surgeries, back problems, dimensia, moderate autism and even a broken leg on board. All of this makes your trip more difficult for me and you and I should know way before you step foot on board my boat. Sometimes I don’t want to deal with those issues and I should have the choice. Don’t put me in the position of figuring it out as we go along and have to change my trip plan because you can’t do what you signed up to do. Being tricked all of the time is frustrating and it eats away at my patience. Above all, please do not show up severe cold/flu sick for your charter. Do not do it. We will share too many surfaces and I will get what you have. This will cost me thousands of dollars in cancelled charters and there will be many aggravated customers that lost their trip because there is nobody to replace me. If somebody in your group is sick, please excuse them. Do not bring them on board. If I am put in the position to make the decision, I will leave them at the dock. You have to understand what I am doing. I will be maxed out physically and mentally, so working with me is the best way for everybody. Thank you!

A beautiful end to a long day

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