Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! We have had a lot of rain early this week, and it has made it a bit difficult to get out on the water. Monday and Tuesday were complete wash outs, but Wednesday was nice and yielded some decent fishing. The Swordfishing grounds heated up after the moon, and some really nice fish were caught between 125 to over 400 pounds. Almost everyone that went had a bite or two, and most managed to land their fish. No report for the last few days, but I am sure if the weather holds up there will be more put up on the docks. The Mahi fishing remains slow, and it looks like it just may be over. I am sure there will be a few here and there, but I really don’t see any great shakes coming out of this fishery for the rest of the year…at least not as a fleet. The Tuna fishing on the humps remains strong, and seems to be getting even better! The sharks have started to lay off a bit, even with the water temperatures remaining in the high 80’s, so maybe they are getting full….lol…I doubt it, but we will take it. The wreck fishing remains fairly consistent as the current on the reef has been marginal, so with a little wind in the forecast this might just be the ticket for the weekend. Some nice Muttons and Groupers caught today, along with a few nice King Mackerel, so things are fairly solid out on the deeper wrecks and ledges with live bottom. The reef has been great all summer, even in less than favorable conditions so there is always this to fall back on. A lot of Cero Mackerels starting to show up, and there has been a pretty good bite of Sailfish just up the road from us. If we could get some real current down here I would think those fish would migrate south and give us another shot at hanging some laundry. All in all the fishing is good, and has forced us to be very smart about how we manage our time. One thing is for sure that you can’t beat the variety this sporadic fishery has yielded us this late summer and fall so far. Live bait has been key, no surprise there, and thankfully there has been enough around that it hasn’t been too difficult to get what we need. Looking forward to the 15 mph winds forecast for the weekend, and see what mother ocean brings us! That’s it for this week! Please boat responsibly everyone, and keep the trash out of the water. Lately it seems as if the ocean has become a community trash can, so let’s all do our part to keep our oceans clean.
Capt. James Chappell