The wreck fishing this week has been pretty good, and the deep dropping on the shallow side of the deep (240’ to 350’) has been pretty good as well. The Mutton Snappers are still biting, not furiously, but enough to create some smiles, and the Yellow Eye and Vermillion Snappers have been getting better as the fall approaches. The Grouper bite in the deep has been picking up as well with some really nice Red Groupers, as well as a few Blacks and Gags. Kings are still moving around these areas, and a lot of Bonita. The Red Snappers are gaining ground with their numbers in these areas too, so don’t be surprised when you catch them. They are becoming unavoidable, and are definitely growing in size. We have caught them up to 25 pounds this past week, and they are all over the wrecks. There is no season for these guys, so bring a venting tool or seaqualizer tool to get them back down safely. It will be great if this fishery ever opens up, so lets try and take care of it as much as we can.
The reef, still the same story, the Yellowtails are biting. They have been good to us all summer, and even with a lot of pressure from the “junk” fish on the reef and the Bull Sharks, the fishing has been good even in less than good conditions. There have been a lot of Cero Mackerels in the slick as well as the Snappers, so take advantage of these guys as they are awesome table fare.
Capt. James Chappell