Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Rain, Rain, go away…..that’s what we have been saying all week. It started raining at the end of last weekend, and didn’t stop until Wednesday late morning, and it looks as if it just might continue to be a wet one through possibly Friday. Having said that, there were a couple boats that made it out Wednesday afternoon and the fishing was great! The Blackfin Tunas are here in full force. The Humps, all of them, are loaded up and they are eating everything you put in the water. Doesn’t matter how you try to catch them, you are going to catch them. All the usual methods are working great from live bait to artificial, they are chewing! The live baits have definitely been yielding the larger fish, but some fish in the 5-12 pound range have been fairly consistent on the artificial. We are off to a really great start with these guys, and they should continue into the fall. The Dolphin fishing has been slow at best, but we have had a day here and there that makes you want to keep moving offshore. The fish are really spread out, although the majority of ones that are being found are nicer fish. Way offshore on the Swordfish I don’t have a report, but you can bet as soon as the weather starts to cooperate they will be eating. The September and October moons are generally very good for these deep water pelagic critters, so rest assured people are going to get bites. The deep dropping offshore also proved to be a worthy choice as one of the boats that went out this afternoon caught more than enough tiles and Snowy Groupers. You can’t keep the Groupers now, but the report stated that they were biting.
The wreck report this week is going to consist primarily around Amber and Almaco Jacks, as well as King Mackerel. The Kings are starting to show up in decent numbers, and when you find the wreck that they are holding on, and then you shouldn’t have any problems catching what you want. Some decent fish have been caught as well, with several in the 20 pound range. The Mutton and Grouper bite has been relatively slow in the deeper water as of late, but rest assured they are there. Just be persistent and keep a bait down, preferably a live bait, and you will get a bite. There has also been a decent Vermillion Snapper and Yellow Eye Snapper bite on the deeper wrecks. These are relatively easy to catch with some squid on a chicken rig as well, just ensure your drift is going to go over where the fish are. A lot of time they are located on the up current side of the structure, so pay attention to your sounder to ensure you aren’t wasting your time with your baits out of the zone.
On the reef, the Snappers continue to bite. Both Yellowtail and Mangrove Snappers have been cooperating, and like in my last report you need to find the right current. Also, the sharks are terrible on the reef, so you have to hook almost twice as many fish as you want to keep. I hate to have the sharks eat them, but in all honesty that is just part of the game. Put your bottom rod down while targeting the snappers, as the Groupers and Muttons will more than likely make an appearance. You had just better be on you “A” game to keep them away from Jaws.
That is all for this week! If you need a charter, or are looking for a little help, please feel free to give me a call at 305-803-1321. I will be happy to help in any way that I can. Also, check out my Facebook page under “Catchalottafish Charters” as I post stuff on there several times during the week! Please give us a LIKE!
Capt. James Chappell