Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It has been a windy week down here, but with these fronts coming through brings North winds and makes it completely fishable. The way our Islands turn to the west allows the seas to stay small as there isn’t any deep water for the seas to build. We can get out to around 250’ to 300’ and Even with winds 20-25 knots we still have only a 3-4’ sea, which makes it much more comfortable for everyone. We are really lucky in this area, and can take our customers out when most would be miserable. Having said that, with the winds howling this week it has been great fishing conditions! The cold fronts we get this time of year makes the sail fishing hot! We are on our way into a great winter season, as they Sails are beginning to show up in good numbers. Kite fishing has been the method of choice, and has been productive. Several other species have been filling in the voids, and making for some great fishing. Tuna, wahoo, kings, mahi, and cobia have all felt the steel this past week and made for a lot of happy customers! The wreck and live bottom fishing has been on fire as well with some great mutton snapper, red snapper, and grouper fishing. Drifting these areas has worked really well since the current has been into the wind the majority of the week. The reef and patches from 20-80’ of water is shaping up nicely with the mangrove snappers, yellowtails, cero mackerel, and groupers. These guys are moving in to fed on the shrimp that come out of the bay with the cold fronts, and will only be getting better! A lot to look forward to as we kick off our winter fishery. Things are shaping up nicely, and are right on schedule. That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for what’s going on in our piece of paradise!
Capt. James Chappell