Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! We have definitely had some skeptical weather this week with all of the storms, and the winds have been unpredictable at best, but the fishing remains good for the moment. We had a couple weeks of really good Mahi fishing, but that has seemed to taper off a bit….again. We all thought we were finally in full swing, but the bite has slowed again, and we area awaiting the southward migration of these guys to begin. The fishing remains decent on the offshore scene, but it goes without saying that this is definitely one of the slowest Mahi season that anyone in my generation has ever seen. I am blaming this on the cooler weather we had into May, although a lot of people might argue with me. A lot of people are quick to blame this on the commercial pressure in the Carolinas, but I wouldn’t bet my money on that one. I think it has everything to do with water temperature, but nevertheless, there hasn’t been any real consistent fishing all season other than for a couple weeks. On a brighter note, the Blackfin Tuna fishing has been excellent, and the “footballs” are getting bigger. I would bet that if we had better numbers of Pilchards around and were able to live chum we would find some much nicer ones. These guys will do, as they have been putting smiles on the faces of my clients all summer. Not to mention the great table fare they bring as well. The wrecks and reef have been pretty good this past week, as the Yellowtails, Mangrove and Mutton Snappers have been getting the job done! Throw in a few nice Groupers, African Pompano, and the Kings that have been showing up and it has been a fun week. We have even had a nice bunch of Wahoo in the area this past week creating a fishery that we really aren’t used to this time of year. At least not in the numbers or size of fish that we have been seeing. A lot of fun out there, and the best of it has been close to home, so no complaints here. The mini lobster season has kicked off this week, and the “lobster mobsters” are in full effect! Every channel from Key West to Key Largo was full of boats today hunting down these spiny critters with hopes of a some great eats! The masses were complaining for the most part about a lot of shorts, and a lot with eggs, but almost everyone seemed to have found a few nice one’s for the dinner table. The weather this morning gave the lobsters a bit of a reprieve, but if the rain holds off I am sure they will take a beating tomorrow. The regular season opens on August 6th, so other than the 7 day break between Thursday and the 6th, these guys are going to find their way into a net or a trap…..that is for sure. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and that the weather forecast stays calm. Looking pretty good right now for everyone, so we will have to just wait and see how it all pans out. Be safe out there everyone, and have a great weekend!
Capt. James Chappell