Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!! Capt. Ron has received the 2016 Angler's Choice Award from FishingBooker one of our booking sites!! We thank all of our clients for sharing about their fantastic trips with Capt. Ron!!! We can't wait to take you fishing!!!
First off, to all my friends and regulars that checked up on us, thank you! We are all good, the boats are good and we are ready to fish. The fishing right after the storm has been great especially on the reef and wrecks, the snapper and grouper bite is on!! Fish tend to stay deep and sheltered when the storm hits and now they're out and hungry! My brother went out yesterday and caught muttons and red snapper he also said he got a nice black grouper. I have heard that there are quite a few tarpon around in the backcountry, so if your wondering when to come and fish no time better than the present! A lot of hotels have been hit hard but there are just as many that are fine, so there are places to stay. If we can help you with that let us know. Customers with up coming reservations are on schedule from here out! Thank you all again!! Tight Lines!!
- Capt. Ron
Loves in the air and so is the Spanish Mackerel bite! We are catching over 100 fish in one hour. Trips right now are around 4 hours and Capt. Ron takes you to the gulf to be a part of this phenomenal fishing! Right now we are catching all kinds of Mackerel, from Spanish Mackerel to King Mackerel! Snappers are still around and are constantly keeping you in action.
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Capt. Ron Howell's Guide Service
Sam here with your early November Reef fishing report. With the time changes brings darkness at an earlier hour, this enables us to get in all the awesome night time reef fishing without staying out super late. We have been catching Mangrove, Yellowtail, Mutton, and Groupers. Freelining 12lb monofilament with a 1/16oz or 1/32oz yellowtail jig has proven promising for those big winter Yellowtail Snapper. Sending a chunk of Ballyhoo on a long shank 2/0 j-hook with a 1/4oz lead to the bottom can spark a Grouper, Mangrove, or Mutton bite. You can find these delicious saltwater species on most patch reefs in the Islamorada area. Just find some coral heads and drop your anchor in the water and hopefully catch some of these Islamorada natives. Call today to book your reef trip today. (305)896-1507 or (305)896-3159
Capt. Ron Howell's Guide Service
With fall in the air, it's time for the mullet migration. They are here in force. Large school's of mullet have made their way into Florida bay and surrounding keys waters. Following them are the usual suspects! Tarpon, snook, spinner sharks, and jacks to name a few. The action has been red hot!The fall also opens the doors to some fantastic migratory species,including my favorite, the cobia! They will be on the markers on the edge of the bay. These big brutish fish fight hard and are great for eating. The Spanish mackerel have also showed and will reside all winter. Chumming in the gulf for these fighters can be exciting! The bite gets hectic for those who like nonstop action! Mixed in with these are lady blue fish, blue fish and sea trout. Large spinner shark speed on these schools of fish.Spinner sharks are top notch game an inshore version of the mako! In the creeks and around the cape, large red fish and black drum are here both can be found in a large size, I catch up to 40 pounds in the winter! Triple tail will be on the car bouts, they are great eating and hard fighting on light tackle! So book a trip it's a great time of year!
Thank you for your support in 2016, looking forward to an awesome new year. Stay safe this evening and please give me a call to set up your next adventure on the water. 305-896-1507.
With the Winter season in full swing we are catching a variety of fish inshore and around the Gulf. Inshore, the snook and redfish are working the edges of the mangroves following the schools of bait traveling. Live bait or a well placed artificial bait will work perfect to get hooked up. Near the Gulf we are finding tripletail around the crab buoys and landing them with a live shrimp. The cobia are sight fished just like the tripletail and both make for excellent table fare. Black drum and permit can be caught off the wrecks and deep channels of the FL Bay. I have done a few offshore trips where we are catching snapper and grouper. Grouper season ends this month, so lets get your trip booked to get a few in the cooler! Happy Holidays!
Captain Ron Howell
The winter fishery is in full swing! There is plenty of bait in the area to keep the rods bent for customers! I have been running several Florida Bay (Gulf of Mexico) charters and inshore reef trips. In the Gulf we can find Spanish Mackerel, permit, jack crevalle and sharks. The Spanish Mackerel are responding to chum and hitting jigs tipped with shrimp. Last week we caught a few nice cobia and tripletail also. The tripletail tend to hang out by the stone crab traps - the older the trap, the better! In the mornings there is a great snook and mangrove snapper bite. Just before lunch we switch over to fish near Cape Sabal for tarpon in the 20-50lb range, snook and trout. Redfish are laying low in the channels and runoffs staying warm and can be caught with a live bait or well placd soft plastic bait.
The highlight of the month has been the 50+ lb permit we caught in the Florida Bay off of a wreck! Photo coming soon.
Let's get you hooked up this winter.
Captain Ron Howell
Inshore fishing has been great! We are catching a variety of fish, plenty of large snapper to take home and cook up for dinner. The sharks have been putting the heat on my customers giving them a good time, this is a lot of fun for family fishing. Further back into the Everglades National park we are catching tarpon in the 20-40lb range at the creek openings. It is an ambush point for the tarpon and snook too waiting for baitfish to come out. Snook fishing along the mangroves has been tough because of how much rain we are getting in the afternoons and evenings. The water levels are high and it can be difficult to toss a bait up under the mangroves where the snook are traveling and feeding. Snook can be caught on the flats though sitting in sand beds. There have been tailing reds on the flats as well and some small traveling schools.
In the Gulf we are catching ladyfish, grouper snapper and mackerel. The tripletail will start to show up too since the the stone crab traps are out now for the season.
Offshore there are a few dolphin out and a ton of small blackfin tuna and bonita. The sailfish are starting to show up but that wont be at its best until about late November and definitely December through February and March.
I look forward to getting you out on the water.
Captain Ron Howell
We have been hooking up to a steady number of tarpon in the area as well as filling up the coolers with mangrove snapper. In Everglades National Park we have found some juvienile tarpon 10 to 30lbs, snook tucked under the mangroves and snook also on the flats in sand beds. Redfish and trout bite has been excellent.
-Capt. Ron Howell
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