Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The weather this week has been absolutely beautiful, as we have been blessed with some “Lake Atlantic” days to say the least. It appears that the weekend is going to stay relatively calm, and should make for a great weekend on the water. The fishing this week has definitely picked up as well, and the fish haven’t been as far out as in the past weeks. The Mahi fishing has been decent in close from 450’ to 700′ with early in the week yielding a lot of “shakers”, with a few nicer ones mixed in. As the week has progressed, the fish have grown in size as well. The birds and debris have been the best of it, although there has been some weed lurking around. Not a lot of big lines, mostly scattered, but the birds have been the best indicator for the fish no doubt. The Swordfishing has had a few good shakes with a few nice fish being caught this week. I have heard of a few over 200 pounds, and one around 350. The seas have made this fishery very accessible this week, and should remain throughout the weekend. The humps have plenty of Blackfin Tunas, and some AJ’s still lurking, and don’t forget about plenty of sharks if this is your quarry. The wreck fishing this week has slowed a bit, but there is still a decent bite from the Muttons and Groupers. Just like I said last week, the Bonita’s are voracious. Even been some King Macks around the deeper wrecks as well, so bending the rod shouldn’t be an issue and you just might get a few good dinners out of it too! The reef fishing this week remains consistent with a good bite of Yellowtail Snapper and the Mangrove Snappers are getting thicker by the day. There have even been a decent number of Cero Macks lurking in the slick so don’t forget to put out that flat line with a trace of #3 wire as these guys are delicious. Don’t be surprised if you see a Sailfish or two while fishing off the reef as well. There have been a few sightings this week, so it appears there are still a few around. Bait fishing this week has been good with Pilchards being the best of it. There are a few Cigars, and plenty of Ballyhoo on the patches though if the Pilchards don’t work out.
Well, that is it for this week! Have a Happy 4th of July everyone! Be safe out there and we will see you next week!
Capt. James Chappell