Post Hurricane Matthew

In the middle of October, with the onset of our first northerly winds here is South Florida, we found good sailfish action on the blue/green edge around 180 ft. The kite was working and we even got to cast to a pod of hungry sails balling ballyhoo on the surface. We used Shimano Talicas 16’s for the kite and Shimano Sarasoga spinners on the flatlines. Ended up 5-5 on sailfish over two days. We also caught bonitas and a nice wahoo on the vertical jig.

Then we decided to head offshore and found the debris from Hurricane Matthew. Schools of mahi mahi were everywhere but moving fast. Our tactic was casting livebaits to them for the initial bites and 1 oz Spro jigs out far if they moved away. Once again the vertical jig came in handy to help bring up packs of mahi from the deep, along with a couple fat blackfin.
Seems like we have a similar pattern setting up and hopefully sailfish season brings lots of fun for everyone.

Capt. Roger Stepp

Tuna fever

As table fare or game fish, tuna is hard to beat. It makes no difference if you are a new or seasoned fisherman, guys at Custom Rod and Reel will help you with your tackle and will give you the best advice.



One of our best customers has a 164 ft. fishing yacht that sails around the world, positioning where there is the hottest fish bite. During one of his owner’s visits to Tahiti in the South Pacific Ocean, Tom Greene joined in for some hot Dogtooth tuna fishing.

This yacht serves as mother ship and even has a dedicated rod storage room.

yacht rod room
custom rod guide
fighting dogtooth tuna
dogtooth tuna