Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! The weather this week has been nothing short of awesome! The days have been bright, and the winds have been light which has led us to some pretty good fishing this week. A couple days were a bit tough, but only one did we kind of “take it” if you will. Very spotty fishing this week on the Mahi, and a lot of hunting, but once you found them it was game on. A lot of bait out in the weeds, and there are a ton of weed lines out there with a lot of debris. The Jacks on these lines have been the ticket, so we have been using the sabiki in the morning and loading up. This is what they are eating, so it just makes sense. Even though there is plenty of other bait around, this has been the difference in an OK catch, and a phenomenal catch. We caught some nice big one’s this week too, with a few over 30 pounds, but a lot of fish in the 6-14 pound range. Still a fair amount of “shakers” out there, but those guys are slimming down for sure. Looks like the southward migration is starting off nicely as with the amount of SW bound “gaffer” sized fish we have been seeing and it appears to be happening a little early. The humps…well….they are still there. Not too much changes in these areas other than the current. Plenty of Blackfin’s, sharks, and AJ’s for anyone who wants them. The Sword ledge this week has been pretty productive with several fish being taken from the deep. The biggest was 249 pounds that I heard of, but several fish over 100 pounds. Dolphin bellies seemed to be the ticket, but that could be due to the abundance of Dolphin that have been out here and the Ease to procure them. The deep dropping has been ok as well this week, but a bit challenging as there has been 3 to 4 knots of current in the rips all week. Some nice Tiles and Snowy Groupers were caught though, so if this is what you want then by all means go for it. The reef and wrecks remain consistent with Muttons, Groupers, Yellowtails, and Mangrove Snappers rounding out the box. Not a lot of current in depths of 300′ or less, but if dinner is what you are after then you shouldn’t have a problem. Charter fishing, on the other hand, is a little sketchy….on the wrecks anyway…..as the bite has been on the slower sided. Not bad, but not as hot and heavy as we like. However, there have been a few Sailfish and Wahoo around from the edge to the rips, so don’t be surprised if you run into one of these guys. Plenty to catch out there, and lots of choices so get on out there and put some meat in the box! Be safe everyone as mini season approaches, as you know it is going to be a mad house!
Capt. James Chappell