The westerlies are still blowing and it’s cold but there is some light at the end of the tunnel, with a few warmer days towards the end of the month making life bearable. The pickings are a bit thin on most species but for a few there are plenty on offer. More on them later.
Let’s start with one fish that’s about all year and not that often targeted: groper. With the ocean calm during the westerlies there is no better time to have a look and see just how many groper there are on any given reef off the local coast. They seem to be everywhere these days and have a fearsome reputation of being a ‘knock down, all over in seconds’ fighter, leaving anglers with straightened hooks and broken lines.
The old timers’ liked the good old fashioned 100lb+ handlines and used to tie them around the rowlocks or the seat. Legend has it that a few seats were ripped from their mountings by a rampaging groper.