October Fishing Blog

September was an interesting month for us this year. The swarms of Mahi that are usually here to be able to count on have not shown up yet. Without a good Mahi bite, we have to resort to what’s left. I think last year was such a good Mahi season because they had closed a lot of the commercial Mahi fishery, perhaps leaving more for the recreational fishermen? That’s our best guess anyway.

The king fishing remained decent most of the month. Slow trolling live goggle eyes seemed to get the action on most days with fish up to 35 pounds. The tuna bite remained very good with football sized blackfins in the mix while we trolled small lures, and feathers such as Black Bart Micros. Bonito stayed plentiful and were a blessing on a lot of days the fishing was slow.

Moving Inshore the mullet have shown up and have been a lot of fun. Castnet a bunch of live mullet and cast and slow troll them around the outer edges of the schools provided good action from bluefish, Spanish mackerel, snook, jacks and tarpon.

 

Our KDW Tournament season wrapped up in September also, on a good note too. With 2 minutes left of fishing time we hooked and landed a 48# wahoo that took 1st place. We ended up fishing 5 tournaments, winning 1st place in three, 5th in one and 7th in the other, so, overall… not a bad season!

 

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September Fishing Blog

Looking back at August, one word would have sum it up… Wahoo!! That’s right, the striped mackerel relatives made it to Palm Beach in epic numbers around the full moon. We had a blast putting customers on a solid wahoo bite in the early and late parts of the day. A mix of high speed fishing and planer fishing brought the luck. Large Split Tail mullet baits and strip baits fished behind planers or trolling leads seemed to get hit. Pink colors and blue shades got the action along with bright yellow.

 

We are seeing some nice kingfish being caught in shallow (under100) feet from Boynton to Palm Beach on large blue runners and goggle eye baits. We were able to land a 48 pound fish that won the NPB KDW tournament for the second year in a row for our team. Wire stinger rigs are a sure fire way to get those kings!

 

We can only hope the Mahi start to show up in solid numbers that we have been hoping for all summer long.

 

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August Fishing Blog

August Fishing should bring in the Mahi Schools as they migrate through the area. Trolling the weedlines from 5-15 miles offshore should produce some nice mahi action. We will troll black bart lures and also bonito strips behind sea witches or islander lures/chuggers until we get the hit, then sprinkle small pieces of bonito chunks/chum in the water to try to get the school boatside to pitch lighter spinning tackle to them. It can be a blast with steady action and mayhem at the same time.

If it’s Hard Fighting fish you’re after the amberjacks should start to show up on the wrecks again around this time of year. Drop a large blue runner down on heavy gear and wait although if they’re there it shouldn’t take too long to get slammed.

The other awesome fishery is the king mackerel around the early and late parts of the day, slow trolling live baits with wire rigs will produce as well as drone spoons behind a planer.

For the sunrise and sunset wahoo action, pick the week before and after the full moon phase and high speed troll large baits on 50-80 class setups for those zebras, the thrill of landing that wahoo is second to none.

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July Fishing Blog

July Fishing means one word – HOT; and I don’t mean the bite, I mean the temp. It’s been feeling like 100 degrees each day on the water.   

Unfortunately, the weed lines and Mahi haven’t shown up yet in any numbers, so we have been left with the nearshore fishing. The main targets are blackfin tuna, bonito and big sharks. The typical day starts off deploying a trolling spread of small lures and daisy chains, spoons etc. in an attempt to catch a variety of these tuna species. After folks have had their fill of these catches we will stop the boat and begin to chum the bonito to bring in the sharks. It’s cool to basically hand feed these sharks and you can select the one you want to catch and pitch it a bait on a heavy setup and it’s tug of war time. We simply cut the leader right at the sharks mouth and never attempt to remove the fish from the water, much like sailfish.

The other bet is to try king fishing in a bit shallower with big live baits (blue runners and goggle eyes) on wire stinger rigs or to troll planers and spoons around from 75-130 feet. There are some nice sized kings around, as we had a 33 pound fish take grand prize in the Fish for Hope KDW just 2 weeks ago, netting us a $12K trip to Costa Rica.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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June Fishing Blog

June fishing can be hit or miss. The weather pattern typically consists of hot days with clam seas and thunderstorms in the afternoons. Don’t forget about the fact that we have a lot of daylight now and it’s still somewhat daytime till about 9PM, so don’t be afraid to run out after the PM thunderstorms for a quick late night bite. The low light conditions should have good blackfin tuna action. Trolling small feathers and lures way back in your spread should result in school “football” fish up to 20 pounds.  

While trolling, deploy some blue and white skirts over ballyhoo to target the mahi schools. When you hook a fish, don’t be afraid to chum the waters and try to bring the school to you. Another overlooked factor is that the BIG mahi stay under the school fish, so take that large live bait and drop that under everything on some weight and see what happens.

Kingfish should still be around for the majority of the morning. Slow trolling live baits around with a wire trace will lead to kingfish hookups. Another tactic is trolling a planer with a shiny spoon around in search of the kingfish schools, it’s a charter boat secret. 

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Mike McCormack

www.anglermanagementfishing.com
781-771-7977 - Cell Phone
USCG Charter Captain
Angler Management Sport Fishing, LLC 

May Fishing Blog

May means two things, kingfish and mahi-mahi season is underway. It’s nice to have the option to target either species. If the seas look calm or we have had a few days of east winds, then Mahi should be on your mind. Head out early off shore and search for “something” – meaning anything that is different. Weed line, color changes, rip lines or floating structure or debris will hold mahi-mahi. The best bet is to troll around the area until a fish is hooked, then, deploy some chum and try to get the school up to the boat. 

If its smoker kingfish you’re after, then stay shallow and fish structure, drop offs and wrecks. Slow trolling live baits will produce strikes. The baits of choice are goggle eyes, blue runners, or sardines. We fish these on a stinger setup, with 20 pound main line, to a small 50 pound spro swivel, then 6-10 feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon to a 6” section of #6 single strand wire, haywire twisted to a 2/0-3/0 live bait hook, then 5-6 more inches of the same wire to a tiny #6 treble hook as the stinger. 

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Michael McCormack

www.anglermanagementfishing.com
781-771-7977 - Cell Phone
USCG Charter Captain
Angler Management Sport Fishing, LLC 

April Fishing Blog

The later part of March into early April means two things, KINGFISH AND MAHI. The kingfish will begin their migration through SE Florida in April and the start of the kingfish tournament season begins for the area. Slow trolling blue runners and goggle eyes will produce fish into the 50 pound range – an absolute blast on 20 pound test! 

Mahi Mahi will also begin their spring migration a little deeper than the kingfish are. Running offshore 5-10 miles is common while looking for a weed line to troll. Once a rip line or weed line is found it’s common to troll a mix of lures and dead bait (commonly ballyhoo) around the area until the schools of Mahi are located. Once they’re hooked, they tend to swarm together so the mates will start to throw “chum” into the water which is usually cut up squid, bonito, or sardines until the school shows up at the boat and we can then pitch light spinning outfits to them with cut bait and keep a school of fish around the boat for over an hour in some instances.

There are still a good number of sailfish in the area being caught while live bait fishing. While the wintertime pods are thinning out, customers are catching an average of 1-3 fish per trip.

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For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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Michael McCormack

www.anglermanagementfishing.com
781-771-7977 - Cell Phone
USCG Charter Captain
Angler Management Sport Fishing, LLC

March Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of March has been very fun. The sailfish have moved into the area in strong numbers. We have been seeing multiple fish each day, catching releasing an average of 3-6 fish per charter. The method we have been using to target these fish is presenting live goggle eyes under kites from 100-200 feet of water from the Jupiter to South Palm Beach areas. Watching these fish school up under the kites is a lot of fun and hooking two or fish at once is very common. 

There have also been a good number of larger kingfish and mahi showing up as well making the mixed bag of fishing a lot of fun for customers. We have also seen a lot of white and blue marlin being caught each day while sail fishing which is a once in a lifetime fish for many folks, especially on such light tackle.

We have been using 20# test bullbuster mono for about a year now with tremendous success. We use strictly bullbuster products now for all braid, mono and fluorocarbon. Be sure to check them out at www.bullbuster.net and use our promo code “anglermgt” for a discount on the already low prices.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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January Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of December was very good. The weather remained “sporty” with cold fronts following a 7 day pattern but the cooler weather turned on the sailfish. We have managed to catch nice sails on nearly every trip in December. Mixed in are the big wintertime kingfish that lurk around the slightly deeper waters of Palm Beach. The action remained consistent from 95 feet to 190 feet from Boynton Beach to Jupiter.   Live goggle Eyes under a kite or slow trolled seem to be the ticket day in and day out producing the most bites and largest fish.

The Mahi Mahi haven’t shown up in the solid numbers we usually see but the cold weather should continue to drive the large schools to our area. With the rougher seas it’s been hard to go way offshore to located rip/weed lines.

The bottom fishing for us has slowed down, we haven’t seen the muttons and snappers biting like the normally have. With this in mind we have started targeting large jacks and Cudas inshore for customers as a backup plan, making the trips exciting with hard fighting, big fish. Slow trolling huge blue runners and very large goggle eyes have gotten explosive bites from cudas and jacks around inlets and inshore.   

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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December Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of November was rough, with the pun intended!! The weather was windy and very rough making offshore fishing very difficult for the majority of us that don’t have 60+ foot boats. We are still in the transition of waiting for the cold fronts to pass bringing the major pods of sailfish with them. The cold fronts have been moving through almost back to back, making it rough seas and windy and rainy weather.  

The few days we were able to run offshore we were able to locate some rip lines holding mahi mahi, where trolled ballyhoo combined with chunked or pitched bait would keep a school nearby for a nice, successful fishing trip.

The bottom fishing for mutton and yellowtail snappers had remained good, triple hooked sardines or cut squid seemed to be the ticket. From 80-130 feet off Jupiter or north of Palm Beach have been holding the fish.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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Michael McCormack
USCG Charter Captain
Angler Management Sport Fishing
www.anglermanagementfishing.com
781-771-7977 - Cell Phone

November Blog

Fishing throughout the month of October was S-L-O-W. It’s a transition period for us and we are waiting for the cold fronts to push the large numbers of sailfish and dolphin south.

It’s been spotty, with a few black fin Tuna here and there and some dolphin mixed in with the occasional sailfish coming into the spread. It’s getting to that time where we convert to mainly kite fishing. If you haven’t kite fished, you need to try it, it’s very exciting and a great way to get multiple fish hooked at the same time.

The bottom and wreck fishing has been very good, with limits of snapper and amberjack being the great plan B!

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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Michael McCormack
USCG Charter Captain
Angler Management Sport Fishing
www.anglermanagementfishing.com
781-771-7977 - Cell Phone

September Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of August can be summed up by one word - Mahi! The seas have remained very calm, making it easy for all size boats to run offshore and locate weed lines and rip lines to locate these fish. 

The method we are using is very simple. First, we are running offshore until we find a good temp change, current change or weed line. Second, we will deploy a dredge and teasers or a trolling spread of ballyhoo. Next, we will troll these lines until we locate the mahi school. Finally, when we locate the schools we will stop the boat and start to chum these fish up with cut bonito or squid pieces and pitch 12-15 and 20 pound class spinning rods to these fish and load up the boat.  

Customers are having a blast catching lots of dolphin and then having the marina chefs cook their catch. They two customer favorites are dolphin fingers dipped in tarter and cocktail sauce followed by a blackened dolphin sandwich... Delicious!!!

We still see a good number of sailfish around and when we are live bait fishing with goggle eyes around 130-150 feet Juno and Jupiter and the huge schools are off Stuart and FTP. On charters, we’re seeing 1 or 2 sailfish per day, even though it’s not the season.

Be sure to check out our website gallery www.anglermanagementfishing.com for some recent pictures of dolphin, wahoo and other species caught in the last few weeks on our charters.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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August Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of July was a BLAST!! The seas have been very calm, so flat that you couldn’t tell where the sky ended and the ocean began looking at the horizon. There has been a great deal of variety in the game fish over the last few weeks. We have been starting out most trips trolling small lures, strip baits and feather lures, catching a variety of Bonito, Black Fin Tuna (Sushi), and dolphin (Mahi). After our customers have all caught a bunch of fish trolling we are then moving to the ledge drop offs, where we cut up the bonitos and create a chum slick and bottom fish. It’s been a lot of fun catching nice mutton snapper on the bottom, while the bull sharks have been showing up almost immediately in the chum slick. Customers are having a blast catching these huge sharks that are over 8 feet long.

We are still seeing a good amount of sailfish around and when we are live bait fishing with goggle eyes around 80-150 feet off Palm Beach we’re seeing 1-2 sailfish hits per day, even though it’s not the season. The south wind has brought back in the big weed lines which are holding nice dolphin; check out our website gallery www.anglermanagementfishing.com for some recent pictures of huge bull dolphin caught in the last few days on our charters.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips;

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July Fishing Blog

Fishing throughout the month of June proved a challenge. The winds have been light and out of the east and the seas have been very calm with steady north current. The last several weeks have been tough with the huge population of sharks off the coast devouring every good fish we have caught before getting them to the boat. The scattered weeds have been so bad in many cases that it’s near impossible to troll or move lures or live bait around so we have had to be creative in the methods. The first two weeks of the month were steady with sailfish on every trip with some dolphin and blackfin tunas on most trips. A mix of trolling small lures like jet heads or chuggers in the 3”-6” range has picked up the dolphin and blackfin tuna while the sailfish have all fallen victim to live bait including threadfin and goggle eyes. As the later part of the month moved in, so did the full moon phase which slowed down the bite.

The bonito have moved in in full force. These false albacore will eat basically anything, chunking dead bait or trolling small feather lures will guarantee steady action from 80-15 feet. Once you catch these fish you can chunk or chum them for a mix of bottom fish, larger bait fish such as speedo, or blue runners or even large bull sharks which seem to be anywhere from 80-120 feet.

There have been a lot of wahoo caught trolling this latter part of June so don’t be afraid to pull some bigger lures or even a split tail mullet around from 180-400 feet. A little faster seems to be the trick, 8-10 miles per hour is the ticket. 

July is here and that means SHARK WEEK!

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June Fishing Blog

Fishing in May was exciting. There has been quite a bit of action throughout the whole month with large schools of Kingfish and Dolphin making their way through the Palm Beach area. With the fair amount of windy days we have had, kite fishing was the go-to method and it produced day in and day out. We flew 2 kites, each with two baits – a goggle eye and a threadfin while fishing 2-3 lines off the backside with weights to cover the whole water column. We produced very good numbers of dolphin almost every trip with a good mix of kingfish, sailfish and blackfin tunas.

There is also a nice mix of smaller blackfin tuna, bonito and skipjack tunas from 200-300 feet of water. You can make it a very action packed day trolling around small lures like tuna feathers and dart/jet head or chugger lures. Multiple hookups are very common. When you find the fish, keep circling around and keep trolling lines once you get a hookup to try to hook more fish.

The inshore fishing around the inlets and beaches continues to produce good size jacks and barracudas with a nice pod of tarpon making a show the last few weeks. One lucky customer hooked a 130 pound tarpon and battled it for about 40 minutes before cleanly releasing the fish boat side. Large fresh blue runners and goggle eyes are getting the attention from the big fish inshore.

The Action in June should continue to be hot as the bonito and skipjack move through along with dolphin schools. If the live bait bite is slow, get to the troll with small lures for some steady rod bending action.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips, please contact Capt. Mike directly at 781-771-7977 oranglermanagementfishing@gmail.com

May Fishing Blog

Fishing through the later part of April into May has been quite an event. The winds and seas have been different every day it seems. When it’s like this it’s hard to put a pattern together. We have been seeing a good mix of kingfish inside the 100 foot line. The fish are school size with the bigger ones in the 30 pound class. We are taking these fish on live runners and goggle eyes under the kite and on the live bait rigs placed throughout the water column. The bottom fishing has been good also with some nice mutton snappers in the mix in about 90 feet just north of Palm Beach. Dolphin fishing is like a switch, on one day and off the next. We are seeing dolphin still in school size with many fish being barely legal, which we release back to the water. The bigger dolphins just aren’t in the area yet.

Sailfish action is slowing down but we are still catching an average of 2 fish per day. The action seems to be really shallow with a lot of bites in the 60-80 foot range off Palm Beach and Jupiter. The kite has been yielding the majority of the bites with fresh goggle eyes.

With the seas being funny, it may be beneficial to do some trolling. We are using a mix of small lures like the zuker or small black bart and rigged ballyhoo with an island lure on top in blue and white. Pulling a nice spread around in 300-400 feet just may prove to get the bite you wanted… you never know when that marlin is around and you just may drag a bait by him.

Remember to change your mono on your reels and service your reels every year at least once. It’s a bad feeling to lose a nice fish due to a line break or reel failure.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips, please contact Capt. Mike directly at 781-771-7977 oranglermanagementfishing@gmail.com

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April Fishing blog

Fishing the first week of April has been a challenge, yet exciting. The first week brought the full moon phase along with it, making the pelagic bite slow down. This is common around the full moon here in SE Florida. We have seen a good mix of Kingfish show up and have been holding shallow in about 70-90 feet from Palm Beach up to Jupiter. Bump trolling live blue runners and goggle eyes have been getting bites especially during the first few hours of daylight. The dolphin fishing as not been up to par with what is expected this time of year, however, the fish being caught are on the large size. These bigger bulls and cows (female) are swimming solo and not in big schools as we are used to seeing. Our bigger dolphins are coming under the kite on live goggle eyes in deeper water, about 250-350 feet. 

Now onto sailfish, our personal favorite fish to target. The sail bite continues to be good as we are seeing sails and catching them on a regular basis on our charters. The sails seem to be in packs so we’re seeing a lot of multiple hookups. Saturday we had 4 hit at once and Sunday we had 3 double headers! This is exciting action for customers and first timers who have never caught a sail. They put on quite a show when they jump like crazy. The sailfish are only taking live baits either slow trolled or under a kite and seem to be mixed in around 90-120 feet and deeper in 230-290 feet from Boynton to north of Jupiter. It looks like we will have a steady SE wind for a while which should keep these fish around the area. Expect the seas to be a bit bumpy but the fishing should be worth it.  

The bottom bite is good for mutton snapper this month also, fresh cut bait or small live baits are getting bit with consistency in about 80-140 feet and the bonus cobia are moving through also for the spring run. We use 40 pound leader with a small #5 wire trace to a 6/0 circle hook. This helps with king and wahoo bites that happen while bottom fishing and the wire never hurts our mutton bites.

For any rigging questions, help learning leaders, knots, methods or to just learn more tagging along on our fishing trips, please contact Capt. Mike directly at anglermanagementfishing@gmail.com

Meet Captain Mike

Captain Mike McCormack is a Boston native, with over 2 decades of Saltwater experience. Mike is rated as one of the most dedicated captains because he fishes for the love of it rather than to make a living. Specialties are live bait kite fishing for sailfish, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Mike takes the time to make sure you have the trip "you" planned, whether its to catch that bucket list sailfish or a fun trip with the family with constant action. "I don't do the same thing every time, I do what the customer want's to catch them the fish THEY want to catch; too many charter operations never ask the customer what they want to accomplish." (Captain Mike)

Custom Legend 34' Center Console - Capt Mike's Fishing Boat

"Angler Management" - is a custom Legend 34 center console. A very rare hull with only 19 ever built. These fast, dry, smooth riding hulls are built to last. This vessel is truly a fishing machine. Powered with twin 2013 Digital Etec motors give 500 Supercharged Horse Power so the fishing grounds are never a long ride. Outfitted with new Garmin brand electronics and the finest gear and rigging, this boat has two 1st place tournament trophies for fishing events in 2014 alone! With it's all white "ghost like" theme, the angler management is stunning and easily noticeable.