Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It’s been quite the week so far here in the upper Keys. The weather has been all over the place, but mostly windy. The fishing remains decent, but not as solid with the Sails as we would like to see. Like I’ve said before, it is going to be an incredible spring I believe if we are to get the right condition for “tailing” to occur. Every day is different so we will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings! On a more consistent note, the patches remain strong with this cooler weather, and the fish are biting! Really nice Muttons, Mangroves, Hogs, a few Yellowtails and Cero Mackerel are rounding out this fishery as the shrimp are pouring out of the bay. Most all coral patches are holding these guys, and has made it a very accessible fishery for even the smaller boats with the Island being in the Lee of the wind. This is going to change as the wind switches to the East over the weekend, but as long as it stays closer to 15 knots than 20 knots everyone should be ok out to 25 feet of water or so. On the deeper edge of the reef, the Yellowtails are still catchable, but have definitely slowed with the cooler water temps. The new moon that is on its way out have created a pretty good tidal swing, and the cooler water from the bay is making its way out over the edge with ease, and the cooler water is what the Yellowtails don’t really like. The bottom bite has been good though, with some nice groupers (even though we can’t keep them), a few Muttons and Mangs. Plenty of Cero Mackerel and some nice Kings in the slick as well. The wrecks have been yielding a good King Mackerel bite and a few Wahoo as well. The bottom has been a bit on the slow side with the fish moving around in the shallows they the way they do, but there are still some fish out there to be caught. Even a few Cobia and African Pompano caught this week on the wrecks, so be prepared for anything, and be sure to cover the entire water column as you never know what might show up. Bait this week has been about a 7 on a scale of 1-10. Some Cigar Minnows and Blue Runners are the best of it, but there have been some Pilchards on the beach. A mixture of Sandy’s and Razors, but the Razors have been decent size. Not a lot of Ballyhoo around our area, and have been really scarce this winter for some reason. The reefs from Ocean Reef to Miami are holding pretty thick, but hopefully they will show up here before winter is over.