Tuna Fever (Feb 22, 2017)
The tuna bite has been hot this past week! All the tunas are out and chewing, even the yellowfins! We’re catching double digit numbers of blackfin tunas on half day charters. They’re biting on the troll in the 100-200′ range on small feathers as well as under the kite. There was a push of 30-50 pound yellowfin tunas as well. The sail fishing has been best early in the morning with the return of good water conditions over the reef. Additional catches include wahoo, snappers, mahi and mackerel. It’s a great time to get on the water!
Hot Inshore Bite! (Feb 13, 2017)
For the last couple weeks, the inshore bite on tarpon, snook and permit has been more productive than offshore. Captain Ryan Peters has been fishing the passes in the late afternoon and evenings and putting our clients on some nice tarpon, permit and snook. They’re being caught on shrimp as well as artificial lures. Offshore, the sail-fishing is not as good lately as we’d like to see it for this time of year. We are still catching them, but with limited opportunities each day. This is mostly due to the gulf stream current being further offshore, and green water with little to no current over the reef. Mahi, king mackerel, tuna and snapper are still being caught in these less than ideal conditions. It means our captains and crew are just working twice as hard to bend some rods, as we may have to switch tactics and locations to find the most action. Check out some of these photos our clients have snagged over the last week.
January 29, 2017
We’re seeing improving water conditions over the last week, with north current and bluer water over the reef. Even on days with little or no wind, we’re catching plenty of sailfish. We even hooked a double accidentally in 37 feet, in the bay! We are trolling to areas where the blue water cuts into the reef as close as possible, and this increases the number of bites we’re getting on the deep lines by snappers and mackerel. On the calm weather days we’re looking for cobra trailing stingrays around the patch reefs inside the bay.
January 6, 2017
Although green water and little to no current over the reef has made for some tough fishing conditions the last couple weeks, we’ve managed to have some successful days by switching tactics to find a cooperating fishery. The sailfish bite has tapered off, but we’ve managed some great days bottom fishing for snapper and grouper, or trolling for mahi. Additionally, the mackerel species (king, cero, spanish) are really starting to show up in the bay and out to the 150′ depth range. We’re catching them on spoons behind the planer and on small feathers. The approaching cold front should push in some blue water, and hopefully brings down some more sailfish.
December 9, 2016
The last few weeks have been great for sailfish, mahi and kings. Water temps have finally dropped below 80 degrees and the cold fronts have these fish CHEWING! Where consistently catching sailfish while kite fishing, as well as some big mahi and kings as bycatch. The weather hasn’t been the most pleasant, but high winds and rough seas are generally good for fishing. This time of year the tarpon have migrated down the coast and good numbers stay in the passes and along the beach all winter. Fishing first light with live mullet can be very productive for fish in the 50-150# range.
November 8, 2016
The fish have been biting well over the last several weeks due to the steady northeast winds. October produced an unusually high number of sailfish for the month, and that has continued into November. Additionally, the fall migration of king, cero, and spanish mackerel has begun; and we’re catching them trolling and on the kites. Bottom fishing has produced good numbers of vermillion snapper, although it’s been tough to keep them away from the sharks. We’re still catching mahi regularly over the reef. Spots are filling up fast as fishing continues to improve.