Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! This week has been decent, as the weather has been on the calm side and the conditions have been changing a lot. The calm winds have brought clear water and not a lot of current, but there still has been some decent fishing. The offshore bite on the Swordfish ledge has slowed, but still a few were caught. Nothing huge, but a few around the 100 pound mark were brought to the docks. On the humps, the Blackfin Tunas have been biting pretty good, as well as the Amberjacks. You still can’t keep any of the AJ’s, but with a proper venting tool you can release them safely to fight another day as long as they make it past the man in the gray suit. Speaking of the “Man”, there are plenty of those guys lurking around these areas too, so if you are in for a battle try sending a butterflied BFT down on the right gear and get ready to hold on. Some real predators out there right now, and I have seen the Tiger Sharks pushing well over the 1.000 pound mark, so be careful what you wish for! On the deep ledge and wrecks, the Mutton Snappers have been decent, but with the plume of colder water that has settled with the last front they definitely haven’t been ravishing. You can definitely catch a few for dinner, but understanding how the moon and tides work with these guys has been a great advantage. Some really nice African Pompano have been caught out there too, as well as some nice Kings and Wahoo. On the reef, the Yellowtails have been a bit slow this week with the cooler water, clear water, and lack of current. The patches have been pretty decent, but tough when the tides are on the slow side. The clean water has made the Mutton fishing on these patches tough, but still a few have been caught. The Sailfishing this past week has had some highs and lows as well with the conditions remaining the same. We could definitely use a good front to push some new fish into our area, as a lot of the fish we have been catching are finally getting smart. I took 2 hooks out of a fishes mouth on Tuesday, and we have seen a lot of “window shoppers”, as these fish will come up and look at a bait, but won’t eat it. We did manage to trick our fair share into biting, but if we could have caught half of what we have see we would have had some big numbers. All in all the fishing is good! The weather for the weekend looks to be pretty decent as we are forecast to get a SE wind around 10 to 15 knots on Saturday, and the same out of the South for Sunday. Well, that is it for this week! You know where to find us!
Capt. James Chappell