A Change of Season…

The Great thing about Billfishing is there is always a hot spot in any given month. If you follow us a lot, you know that we are obsessed with the Black Marlin bite off of Cairns and this season did not disappoint. But now, the billfishing world is moving their attention to our winter time fisheries. Expect to see a lot more reports coming out of these destinations.

South Florida – December is the month you will really start to see good Sailfishing numbers out of South Florida and the Florida Keys. The cold fronts start pushing south, which brings with it our skinny billed friends.

Capt. Dean Panos releasing a S. Florida Sailfish

Capt. Dean Panos releasing a S. Florida Sailfish

Guatemala – No fishery in the world can claim the same numbers of Pacific Sailfish you will see out of Guatemala. 30+ fish days are common with plenty over 50. Just incredible.

Double Header - Buena Vista Lodge Guatemala

Double Header - Buena Vista Lodge Guatemala

Costa Rica – While they may not see as many sails as Guatemala, double digit days are seen often. What makes this fishery more unique is the variety. The man in the blue suit (blue marlin) and his more formal friend in the tuxedo (black marlin) are both seen with the sails. Add in a decent striped marlin bite and you have a good chance at a Billfish Grand Slam.

Venezuela– Speaking of Grand Slams, if you need one, Venezuela may just provide it for you. Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish are all caught here in great numbers. Look for an occasional spearfish and then go deep drop for a sword and you could have a Billfish Fantasy Slam.

Panama – Since we are on the subject, Panama would be another great choice if you are looking for a Grand Slam. Black Marlin are the kings, but great numbers of sailfish and good blue marlin, you have a good shot at it.

Black Marlin - Panama Sportfishing Lodge

Black Marlin - Panama Sportfishing Lodge

Brazil Big Blue Marlin and great numbers of White Marlin are the main target. Blue Marlin of 500 lbs. are common off Cabo Frio and double digit white marlin are seen off of Vitoria.

Capt. Thiago Felzen releases a Brazil Blue Marlin

Capt. Thiago Felzen releases a Brazil Blue Marlin

About Hook

Hook Harmeling is the Co-Founder of Billfishreport.com and Granderwatch.com, the only daily international fishing report on all billfish species. Hook travels the world in search of the best fishing areas and is recognized as a billfish expert. Follow him on Facebook under "Marlin Billfish", Twitter @billfishreport or email hook@billfishreport.com

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