Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The wind is back, and the seas have become angry again. We have been fishing, but it definitely hasn’t been the most comfortable conditions. Early in the week it was nice, but as of Wednesday the winds picked up with that high pressure system off to the East, and things really got rough. Sea conditions have been around 6’ to 8’, and the current has been moving at a pretty good clip so the seas are steep. The forecast for the weekend is around 20 mph out of the East, so it will be a bumpy one, but if you have a capable boat the fishing should be good. As for the fishing, it has been a fun week so far! The Mutton’s have turned on full speed, and we have been putting a stomping on them all week! Some really nice fish as well, with most over 10 pounds. The Groupers have been biting pretty
good too, but the sharks have definitely gotten their fair share of them, but the ones we get by them are all really nice fish. A few Kings around on the wrecks, as well as plenty of Almaco and Amberjacks in addition to all the Bonita you want. These fish have been around the deeper wrecks, all the way into the edge of the reef, either anchoring or drift fishing. All types of fresh bait have been working fine either live or dead. The reef in 50’ to 90’ has been excellent as well for Yellowtail Snapper. These guys are still in full spawn, so they are willing and eager. The current has been good as of lately, but the water has been really clean, but this hasn’t seemed to make much difference other than the bite is a bit slower. Nevertheless, we have caught what we needed every time. The offshore scene on the Sword grounds was decent early in the week with a few nice fish being caught, but seemed to slow after Monday. The boats I know that went Tuesday all got skunked, and now that the wind is here no one will be venturing out that deep I wouldn’t think. The Mahi report this week has been decent, but I wouldn’t say hot by any means. There are definitely some fish to be caught, but not everyone is catching them. Most boats are averaging 10-15 fish, but there have been more slammers in the mix, as well as some nice gaffer sized fish. Still a bit on the slow side, but I will bet you that with this wind things will definitely pick up. The humps have been delivering some good tuna fishing, and for the boats that have been live chumming, the results have been good. Even the boats trolling the feathers and vertical jigging have been catching all they want of the smaller fish. Plenty of AJ’s and Almaco Jacks, as well as skippy’s and sharks as usual. Bait fishing this week has been solid as well. Plenty of Pilchards around before the wind started, as well as cigar minnows on all the usual patches. Ballyhoo fishing has been good too on the edge of the reef in all the heavily chummed areas. Mostly blue backs, but on the shallower patches there have been decent numbers of green backs. Well, that is it for this week. Be sure and stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina in Islamorada and say hello when you are in town. If you need a charter we have 3 boats available, but contact us early as we book up quickly. We are in the process of building our 2nd Freeman Boatworks 34VH that will be here by November, as we are upgrading all of our boats to these over the next year and a half. Thanks for reading everyone, and check back next week for another full report! Have a great weekend, and stay safe!
Capt. James Chappell