Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The weather is here and it is beautiful out! What a week of weather we are having here in the Florida Keys! The fishing has been pretty good too, so it is all coming together for sure. The offshore report has been decent this week as there have been some Mahi around, and I am sure it would be fantastic if it weren’t for the full moon on Wednesday. Good enough though, as everyone is getting enough for the dinner table, and to put smiles on the faces of our customers. This fishing is going to get good this week coming as the moon passes, and it will be game on. A lot of weed lines out there, with big patches and plenty of bait so all of the ingredients are there. Even had some decent debris show up mid week, so there are a lot of things going our way. The deep ledge of the Swordfish grounds has been producing this week as there have been several fish caught. Not a lot of big ones, but several fish in the 60 to 120 pound class. There have actually been quite a few billfish caught this week from Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sails in the deep while trolling for the Mahi’s, so you just never know and that is what makes fishing here so much fun! The humps have been teaming with Blackfin Tunas and Amberjacks, so plenty to catch here as well as sharks. The deep ledge of the reef has been good for deep dropping this week with nice catches of Vermillion Snappers, Yelloweye Snappers, and Tilefish. Some great table fare with all of these guys, so give this a try if you choose. The wreck fishing and deeper live bottom has been pretty decent as well with this full moon kicking off the Mutton spawn. The late afternoon into the evening has been best, but we have been managing to put a catch together during the day. Some Kings around as well as the usual supporting cast of Groupers, Almaco Jacks, AJ’s, Sharks, Porgies, and Bonita. On the reef, the Yellowtail fishing has been on fire! Some really nice fish for us this week up to 6 pounds, and most in the 18-20” range, so this should be a no brainer. Still a handful of Permit left spawning on the wrecks too, so the reef is good to say the least! The weather for the weekend looks to be calm, but as of now they are calling for a southwest wind. We really don’t like anything with the word “west” in it down here, but we will have to take what we are given. At least the winds are looking to be around 10 knots or so, so it should be pretty! Well, that is it for this week! Have a great Mother’s day everyone, and be safe!
Capt. James Chappell