On the reef, the patches have been fantastic and action packed with Hogfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Porgies. SOB (shrimp on bottom) has been deadly with these cooler water temperatures, and with the fronts the shrimp have been pouring out of the bay making easy picking for these guys living on the patch reefs. The Cobia have been moving through pretty nicely as well, as long as you get the right weather these guys have been here in decent numbers. On the edge of the reef, the Yellowtail Snappers have been fairly decent, but we have been lacking a little current which has made this a bit more challenging, but nonetheless productive. The wrecks have been productive this week as well with nice catches of King Mackerel and Almaco Jacks, and Jack Crevalle. Even a few nice Mutton Snappers and Groupers this past week, as these guys have been fairly consistent all winter long. This arctic blast we are getting as I write this is going to really slow down the edge of the reef, but should keep the patches biting. It isn’t supposed to last too long, so hopefully the warm weather we have coming will make its appearance. Looks like it isn’t going to be much of a small boaters weekend, but the forecast seems to be diminishing a little each day, so keep your fingers crossed!
Capt. James Chappell