Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It’s been another incredible week of fishing here in the beautiful Florida Keys! The weather this week has been a little touch and go with all the tropical weather that has been moving around, but the seas have mostly been nice. The fishing has been solid with the Mahi action still going off! Plenty of Mahi’s around offshore and the Humps have been on fire with some solid Blackfin’s too. Some Pilchards finally showed up in the local canals, so we have been able to catch enough bait to do this for an hour or two in the mornings. Nice size ones at that ranging from 15-25 pounds on the live bait. The feather tunas have been decent on the troll and vertical jigs with a few AJ’s mixed in here and there. The Swordfish Ledge has remained on the quiet side this week, but rest assured this is going to turn on any day now. There are some fish being caught, but nothing over 60 pounds that I have heard of. The deep dropping was pretty solid all week, but the past couple of days the current has been smoking so it is difficult to say the least. We caught some really nice Snowy Groupers, and Blueline Tilefish this week, but we had to work at it for sure. The deep reef and wreck fishing has had its ups and downs this week with the Mutton bite being on the slow side. The good news is that there have been some nice Groupers and Cobia showing up in these areas. Plenty of Jacks and other stuff to stay plenty busy with, and as usual tons of Bonita and plenty of Kings. A really good variety out there on the deep reef and wrecks to be had right now. The shallow reef bite with Yellowtails and Mangroves continues to be decent even as the water has increased in temperature. The reef from 90′ to 30′ is still pretty good, and doesn’t look like it is going to slow down. The current on the reef has been pretty good the last couple days, and has really slowed down the sharks, so this is a good option for a short day over the weekend. The weather this weekend is looking pretty good on the wind forecast, but who knows what is going to happen with the rain. As of now, the forecast is calling for “scattered showers and thunderstorms”, but I am sure this tropical activity coming over the Bahamas will be the deciding factor. Time will tell on this one, but if the weather permits the fishing should be good. Well, that is it for this week! Have a safe weekend everyone!
Capt. James Chappell