Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Some pretty nice weather we are having here in the Keys this week, as the breeze has made the heat more bearable. The fishing this week has been decent, but more for bottom fishing than offshore. A few Swords caught this week, with a couple approaching 200 pounds, but for as many of boats that have gone it hasn’t been crazy good. The same with the Mahi report, as the fishing has been very inconsistent. There have been some decent fish caught, but nothing like it should be this time of year. It will be interesting to see how these tournaments turn out the rest of the year. Hopefully it will pick up and we will start to see a consistent flow of fish. The humps are still producing Blackfin Tuna, Amberjacks, and sharks, and the deep dropping has been pretty solid for Blue line Tiles and Groupers which has made a nice “plan b” for a lot of boats. The big highlight of the week has been the bottom fishing on the deep reef and wrecks. Some really nice Mutton Snappers caught this week as well as some really nice Black Groupers up to 45 pounds! The bite has tapered off a little toward the end of the week, but there are still some fish to be caught for sure. The reef remains solid with Yellowtails, and the Mangrove Snappers are already showing up on the patches and edge of the reef, so plenty to catch on the reef scene. The wind is supposed to be around 10 knots out of the South to southeast over the weekend, so it should provide a couple picture perfect days of fishing. Let’s hope they bite! Be safe everyone, and until next week!
Capt. James Chappell