The reef has been on fire, even with the water temperatures cooling off. I am expecting it to slow down soon, but for now we have been pretty happy with the way the Snappers have been biting. The wrecks have been productive as well with Kings, a few Wahoo, Blackfin Tunas, and the normal supporting cast of bottom dwellers. It is a great time to enjoy a great variety of fish, and fishing. The weather report looks to be pretty good throughout the weekend, so this should enable all who wish to get out to do so. It should be pretty easy as there has been plenty of bait around the local patches consisting mainly of Cigar minnows and Pilchards. The Ballyhoo should really start showing up in good numbers from this North wind, as they will push onto the ocean side from the bay and Gulf.
Welcome back everyone to this week’s report! The fun continues as the Sails continue to move in better each day. The cold fronts that have been coming through in the North have definitely made an impact on the migration of the fish, as the numbers are increasing daily. The same for the rest of the Pelagics, as the Kings are doing exactly the same. Most of the known wrecks are holding Kings, and the Sails are congregating from the reef line out to around 200 feet. Small edges have been the best indicators of where they are, so line up on one of these edges and put out your baits and you should get some shots. The majority of the fleet has been hanging out on the reef’s edge to 200 feet of water, as we have been catching pretty much everything in these depths. A few brave souls have meandered out into the deep, but have had little to no luck. It is just simply that time of year where there is more for them to eat on the reef than offshore. Kites have been the tactic of choice, and should remain so until April.