September brings the end of our busy season here in the Florida Keys. It’s been a great season except for all of the wind and rain that we have had this year resulting in lots of canceled and rescheduled charters. There was a higher amount of storms, rain, floods and even some tornados this year in South Florida that caused unusual weather conditions and made it hard to go fishing.
The weather also affected our summer mahi fishing. The mahi season was up and down this year. Even though we had some great days, it really wasn't consistent like the last couple of years. We had to work hard for the few we caught.
This year we worked hard and, I am not going to lie, I am a little worn out from the effort, with not a lot of reward. It’s all good though because that's part of the game that we call fishing. It keeps us coming back.
As mentioned above, this season brought a lot of wind. Most of the summer wasn't too bad, but the late winter and spring we had to deal with a lot of wind. It made for some long days, some sea sick costumers and a few times we didn’t get out there at all. The one positive thing is that you sure do sleep good at night after a rough day on the water!
The weather kept us on our toes this year but that is something that I love about being a charter boat captain – every day is different. As soon as you think you have it all figured out, you are right back to the drawing board. I started going out everyday with plan A, B and sometimes C!
All in all this charter boat season ended up being a great one. It wasn't as consistent as the previous couple of years as far as the weather and fishing goes, but it made us adapt and made us work to make it happen. I feel like it all cycles around and you have to roll with punches. I'm excited for September and some good fall fishing.
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