The biggest problem with deep sea fishing is the decision making capabilities of the idiots at the National Marine Fisheries Service. It is more like a fisheries dis-service. They use extremely flawed data to falsely determine that a stock of fish is overfished. They then use this irrational determination to close healthy, viable fisheries while they hide behind the subtext of the Magnuson Act. We are currently still under the red snapper closure, which everyone knows is a huge steaming pile of sh$#! The red snapper is probably one of the healthiest stocks of fish in the South Atlantic! I have never even seen numbers of snapper like this since I started fishing offshore when I was a teenager (twenty five years ago)! In addition The geniuses at NMFS have closed grouper for the first third of the year citing a spawning closure. Talk about a steaming pile! The gag grouper migrate to Florida waters early in the winter and spawn in April. There is no reason that we shouldn’t be able to fish for them in January and February, it’s just more of NMFS’s b.s. Chances are, in the next couple months, we will be targeting amberjack and triggerfish for the charter fishing. Unless, the cobia start to make an early appearance in late February.
Author: Capt. Scott Bussen
Capt. Scott Bussen has been a professional fisherman and Central Florida resident for over 40 years.