On the edge of the reef out to 200 feet has been coming together quite nicely the past couple days and should continue into the weekend. The wrecks are holding good numbers of Mutton Snappers, Groupers, and King Mackerel. Some Jacks, Wahoo, and Sharks have been patrolling as well. The Sailfishing has definitely started picking up, and the current is getting better to the east. No coincidence, as this is exactly what we have been waiting for. The big news is that the conditions have turned absolutely perfect for the Wahoo, and they have been swarming the last few days. They have been picky eaters at best, but if you can catch the Speedos, or get your hands on some Goggle eyes you got a pretty good chance at getting some bites. Tried to catch them on Pilchards and Cigar minnows, but no luck until the Speedos and Goggle Eyes came into the picture. One of my buddies caught one on a vertical jig as well, when they wouldn’t eat a Pilchard, so something that looks fast and shiny might be the ticket. I also noticed some very large schools Permit starting to show up on the reef and wrecks today. I would gander to say that tomorrow is going to really start the Permit season for us offshore guys, as I must have seen over a thousand of them today. They are really hard fighting fish, and are absolutely beautiful! I would say it is definitely a favorite for my customers.
The reef has been pretty solid all week, and the patches are still pretty good. The Yellowtails Snappers are beginning to do their thing, so it should be an all out free for all with the right conditions for these guys. Great table fare and fun for the whole family. It really doesn’t get any better than that!