The Swordfish report from the deep ledge was a little slow with only some small fish under 50 pounds being released, but rest assured this will change as the moon gets stronger. In addition, the humps are producing Blackfin Tunas in the 5 to 10 pound range with the Marathon Hump yielding some larger fish on the live bait. There are still some Amberjacks in these areas, as well as Almaco Jacks, but rest assured the sharks are going to be collecting a cover charge for trying to catch these guys so be ready for that. Having said that, if you are prepared for the battle by having the right tackle ready to put the remains of your half eaten fish back in the water will definitely send you on a ride you won’t soon forget! There are a lot of large Hammerheads, Dusky, and even Tigers out there to give you a run for your money so if a big fish is on your agenda these guys will definitely fit the bill.
The wreck fishing this week remains to be a pick of a little bit of everything. Mutton Snappers, Groupers, Bonitas, Barracudas, Sharks, and even a few Kings are hanging around which makes for good rod bending action. Live bait with long leaders has been the ticket, but the rewards have been decent.
The reef was a little on the tough side this week, but not due to a lack of conditions or fish. The conditions have actually been good with off colored water, decent current, and plenty of Snappers up in the chum. The problem has been the Bull Sharks and Reef Sharks eating nearly everything you hook. I don’t mean just one or two either, but more like 6 to 10 of them patrolling the boat as the Snappers eat in the chum. These predators are dialed in on the first sign of a hooked fish and it is a race to get to them, tag teaming on the fish in distress making it very difficult to get them to the boat. They are everywhere up and down the reef as the extremely warm water from the bay pushes large numbers of these fish onto the slightly cooler waters on the reef and wrecks creating a challenging situation for anglers targeting Snappers. My advice to you is to use the heaviest tackle you can possibly isle to get the bite and as much drag as possible to keep them coming, because it is definitely not a fair fight.
Well, that’s it for this week! Enjoy the weather, as it appears that the weekend is shaping up to be absolutely beautiful! Be safe out there and give us a call at 305-803-1321 or check us out at www.catchalottafish.com if you need a charter. Thanks, and have a great weekend! #PelagicProTeam #MercuryMarine
Capt. James Chappell