Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Offshore fishing this week has been pretty solid as the Mahi continue to pour through. Although the average size has gotten a little smaller, there are still plenty of fish for the dinner table. This is pretty common during this time of year, but is a welcomed site as you truly get to see how abundant this fishery is! Just remember that you have to have kindergarteners so we will have some to go to college if you catch my drift! Loads of “shakers” have been coming through the past few days, but still good numbers of “schoolie” to “gaffer” sized fish with a few nice “slammers” around as well. Plenty for everyone and a lot of fun on the fly rod and really light tackle. There hasn’t been a magical depth for these guys as they are fairly thick from 400′ to as far as you want to go. A little deeper on the Sword ledge produced a few nice Swords this week for the fleet with one fish over 300 pounds, and a few others between 100 and 200 pounds. The winds have made this a little challenging for the masses, but for the more capable boats it was no big deal. The deep dropping in 450′ to 900′ was productive too with some nice Tiles and Snowy Groupers for the boats that put in the effort, and I even saw a few barrel fish, so this looks promising if this is in your que. The wreck fishing this week has been decent at best. Some nice Mutton Snappers and Groupers, but no real numbers from the boats I am aware of. There hasn’t been much current inside of 300′, and this is a part of the equation that is a must have. The tides have been strong with the moon on the way here Sunday, and it doesn’t seem like it is going to let it move in toward the reef a little more, but we will see. A lot of Bonita out there, and plenty of AJ’s and Almaco Jacks. Backing up a bit toward the humps, plenty of smaller Blackfin Tunas, and they have been pretty decent on the feathers and Jigs. The Pilchards just showed back up, so maybe this weekend we will give it a go on the larger fish with the live chum. Plenty of sharks here too, as usual, so don’t come fishing in these areas unless you are prepared to deal with them. The reef this week has been just so-so as the current has been weak. The fishing hasn’t been terrible as the water has been dusty, and there has been enough wind to keep the chum somewhat behind the boat. The “big” news on the reef is the patches. The Mangrove bite is in full swing with the spawn going on. The fish aren’t huge, but are plenty doable for the dinner table. Really good action for the kids, and 1/2 day charters, with some Groupers and Yellowtails mixed in. Plenty to catch down here, and the weather appears to be shaping up nicely for the weekend. The weather man is forecasting 10 to 15 out of the East for the weekend, so everyone should be able to find a place to have some fun and provide some good eats for their friends and family! Be safe everyone and come say hello!
Capt. James Chappell