Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! What a week we have had here on the water, as the fishing has been really good! A lot of nice Mahi’s caught this week, and plenty of Tunas on the humps. The offshore fishing is really kicking into gear and even though the timing is a little behind, it is going to be a fantastic late summer/fall bite on the offshore scene. The rips have been holding the best numbers of fish with any size to them, from 800 to 1700 feet of water on the live bait or skipping dead ballyhoo. We have been able to get some of them to eat the chunks, but mostly on Pilchards or small blue runners has been the trick. The Tunas have been mostly feather tunas, but nicer ones in the 5 to 8 pound range on all of the humps. The wreck fishing has been great as well with some nice catches of Mutton Snapper and Grouper. There are a ton of AJ’s and Almaco Jacks around these wrecks as well as Bonita, so bring plenty of live baits with you. They are still eating the deboned Ballyhoo, so if you struggle with the live baits, then you can buy these from any local tackle shop. The reef bite remains strong with some nice Yellowtails and Mangrove Snappers. Been a few more kings on the reef as well as some Ceros. Keep the bottom rod down for Muttons and Groupers as they have been moving around pretty good with the 15 mph winds we have been having. The weather has been solid for offshore fishing with it being around 15 out of the East/SE. This is the prime recipe for Mahi with the current rolling to the NE/E, so this has been moving in on the reef gradually all week making for some really great fishing conditions. From the reef out to the Swordfish ledge there is something for everyone right now, and it sure feels like it is going to get even better! Good luck this weekend everyone, and stay safe!
Capt. James Chappell