Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! With a brush of wind from the Tropical Storm to the South, and the winds picking up, the fishing has been so-so this week. The Mahi fishing had some bright moments, but also had its share of dull ones. Not really sure why, but being that we are late in the summer, it has without a doubt been an extremely inconsistent season. We have caught and seen some really nice, and big fish, but the overall numbers just haven’t been where we are used to that is for sure. I suppose we should consider ourselves fortunate to have what we have and hope that this cycle is….well…just a cycle. I am sure it will all come back around. The way offshore bite of Swordfish this week has been good, as almost everyone who journeyed out into the waves were able to catch one or two. The past few days has yielded some quality fish over 100 pounds from boats in Marathon and Islamorada. This fishery is getting into prime time starting on the next moon, and it is off to a great start. This should get stay solid into November. The Humps are full of football size tunas, and I know the big Tunas are there but we haven’t been able to get enough Pilchards to chum them the past week with the wind. Hoping that the wind lies down and the Pilchards come back into the shallows so we can black out our wells and do some live chumming! The wrecks and reef are still producing the Snappers and Groupers, but the Sharks are getting pretty aggressive. This is a normal pattern as the water gets too hot for them in the bay, at least a good portion of them will move out onto the reef and the wrecks making the population seem as if it doubles. Big Bull sharks, Black Tips, and Spinners are pretty abundant on the reef and wrecks out to 250 feet, so be prepared. There has been some Cigar Minnows, Ballyhoo, and Runners on the normal bait patches if you need some bait. All-in-all the fishing remains decent, and plenty good enough to make a day of, but would like to see a bit more consistency with it. Sometimes, you just gotta take what you can get! Have a safe weekend everyone and tight lines!
Capt. James Chappell