Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! I know I sound like a broken record, but this weather has been nuts! We had that really hard front come through on Sunday and Monday with wind gust near 50 mph, and then Tuesday it started to settle down a bit. Nevertheless, not too many made it out until today and here is what I know. The Sailfish bite is extremely slow. There have been around 8 Sailfish caught off Islamorada and Key Largo in the past couple days, and most of this is due to water quality I believe. We have excellent current, but it looks like we are fishing in a mud puddle…like you could scoop it out with a spoon. The water at the end of the day was starting to clean up a bit as the winds were literally still, so it is giving things a chance to settle out. There was a pretty decent bunch of fish above us, so I am anxiously awaiting their arrival along with many of my friends,as we have been mainly fishing Sailfish Tournaments these past few weeks. If you are not after Sailfish, and would like to target some of the eating variety then you are in luck! The reef and wrecks have been pretty good so everyone should do well. Muttons all the way from 250′ to the patches in 20′ of water have been pretty decent, as well as the Yellowtails in 90′ to 20′ on the reef. The water has been dirty with good current, so this was really easy for the guys today. The wrecks have also been loaded up with King Mackerel, and the patches are loaded up with Cero’s, so don’t forget your wire! The offshore humps yesterday and today were really good on the AJ’s and smaller Blackfin Tunas. The sharks basically never left, so bring plenty of hooks b/c you are gonna need them. Bait was good today as the winds laid out, and there were several schools of Pilchards just off the beach. Not to mention the Ballyhoo were everywhere….Literally. Bait should not bean issue for anyone. Also, just after a front like we had live shrimp and Pilchards are the “goto” on the patches, so you couldn’t have it any easier. The
weekend looks as if it is going to blow a bit with 15-20 mph winds in the forecast, so if you have a smaller boat you might want to make other plans or stay on the bay. Hopefully it stays NE, and the Sailfishing will pick up and not be rough. The reef might be tough if the current stays into the wind, but the patches should be manageable if you pay attention to the tides, so make sure you are paying attention to the wind direction and tides to get your best results. Well, that is it for this week! I hope everyone has a great weekend, and please be safe!
Capt. James Chappell