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November/December expectations

Looking at coming down November or December to fish offshore. Is it worth the trip? What can we expect for condition? What can we expect to catch around those times? Any help is appreciated...
Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink

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  • LMKLMK Posts: 596 Officer
    I have been in Marathon for maybe 10 December trips. For those years the weather was about 50/50 for offshore. A couple of trips were a no go all week. However there was some good sandbar and gulf fishing those years. I enjoy and have learned not to expect it to be great and enjoy it either way. Good Luck!!
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,496 Moderator
    If you can get out, sails and kingfish should be good.  You can always fish teh patch reefs in Hawks Channel for muttons and small yellowtails
  • ric1ric1 Posts: 225 Deckhand
    Thanks guys,  coming in a 340 Sundance, so hoping we'll be able to get offshore?
    Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink
  • ric1ric1 Posts: 225 Deckhand
    So if I wanted a captain to come on my boat, probably trolling or drifting,  who would you recommend?
    Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink
  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 296 Deckhand
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 803 Officer
    wahoos trout kings tuna- i can get u on em
  • ric1ric1 Posts: 225 Deckhand
    wahoos trout kings tuna- i can get u on em
    Even in islamorada? Have heard great things about you sir, but was told you didn't go that far from pine...
    Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 803 Officer
    yes in islam. i do not go that far cuz i have no good marks  therre
  • ric1ric1 Posts: 225 Deckhand
    yes in islam. i do not go that far cuz i have no good marks  therre
    I'm sorry,  but I'm confused. Yes you do guide in Islamorada or yes you don't.  Planning on trolling mostly,  just fyi...
    Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink
  • longfin61longfin61 Posts: 66 Deckhand
    capt joe pettrucco great guy has passion for the sport fished with him for many years and was never dissapointed 800 375 7280 or 305 902 8840
  • plantmanrodeoplantmanrodeo Riverwalk NurseryPosts: 80 Deckhand
    As was said above, weather is generally iffy. Some days 15 knots, some days 25-30 knots. Inside the reef you can catch snapper for sure. Outside the reef, if your brave enough, you will find some sailfish, kings, and occassional tuna. But outside the reef, it will be rough with swells most days, 2-4 footers on good days, and 6-8 footers or worse when the wind is howling. 

    At least 2-3 days a week the wind will be screaming, count on it.
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 803 Officer
    i dont have any good marks in islamorada
  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 296 Deckhand
    We came down over Christmas Break a few years ago and we were unable to get offshore at all.  I think we had a 27 ft rental that year.  We trolled the outside reef edge and got a few small kings/ceros but got beat up doing it. 
    With a boat your size you should have no trouble getting to the patch reefs and deeper reef edges.  Plenty of fish to keep you busy there.  Have a back-up plan that includes bridges and/or backcountry. 
  • ric1ric1 Posts: 225 Deckhand
    Thanks, really appreciate the info. 
    Instead of giving your children everything you didn't have, teach them everything you didn't know. I promise their future will turn out better! :wink
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