Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! Pretty good fishing this week on the offshore scene, and the weather has been pretty good too. The Sword action this week finally started to pick up with several boats catching 2 or more fish. Not a lot of size to them, with most in the 40 to 90 pound range. Good dinner fish, but it’s an accomplishment to catch anything 1600+ feet down on the bottom. Should start seeing some nicer ones as the fall unfolds, as this is arguably the best time of year for these guys. The Mahi fishing has been a little spotty, but still pretty solid. Most everyone is catching them every day with more than enough to please their customers, so it’s definitely worth making the trip offshore. The humps are producing lots of Tunas, and they are getting bigger! Especially if you can acquire a well or two full of Pilchards. The big boys have been easy pickings with the live chum. The smaller Tunas have been easy too on the jigs and feathers, so no reason not to catch them. The deep drop tactics this week have been producing lots of nice Snowy Grouper and Tiles. Mostly Blueline Tilefish, although a few nice Goldens were caught up to 35 pounds. Keep in mind that as of the 1st of September, Snowy Groupers and Blueline Tilefish are closed until May 1st. If deep dropping was in your weekend plans, then Golden Tiles, Yellow Edge Groupers, Vermillion Snappers, and Yellow Eye Snappers should be the target. On the wrecks and deep reef, the Mutton Snappers are biting, as well as the Groupers. Depths from 160-250 have been best on the live bottom and structure. A lot of sharks stealing their fair share, but it’s pretty consistent nonetheless. The shallow reef inside of 90′ remains solid with the Yellowtails and Mangs. Some really nice Cero’s mixed in the slick as well. Some good fishing to be had in this late summer heat, so get on out there and try your luck! Be safe everyone over the holiday weekend, and please boat responsibly!
Capt. James Chappell