Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! What a week we are having here in the beautiful Florida Keys! The weather is absolutely beautiful, and the fishing is really heating up! Where do I start this week….well I don’t know anyone that has been offshore as of yet Swordfishing, so we can get that out of the way now. What I do know is the Mahi are starting to show up in a little better numbers now that we can get out and search around for them a bit. It has been the “magical piece of debris” that has yielded the best results, but there have been a few fish caught on the birds and weed edges. Some Wahoo mixed in with them on the debris in the deep, and a few while trolling the edge of the current/weed linen as well. The deep dropping out in the rips and around the humps is producing quite nicely as I think I have seen about every deep drop type of fish on the dock at some point in time this week. The fishing out in the rips has been pretty good to say the least. On the hump the AJ’s are biting as well as some smaller tunas, but nothing of any size has seemed to stick around for too long. The largest fish we have seen this week have been in the 500 foot depths while deep dropping. If we live chum a little when they are in the area they seem to find us and create some chaos for a minute, at least long enough to get a 3 or 4 in the box, which goes along quite nicely with the bottom fish!
On the edge of the reef out to 200 feet has been coming together quite nicely the past couple days and should continue into the weekend. The wrecks are holding good numbers of Mutton Snappers, Groupers, and King Mackerel. Some Jacks, Wahoo, and Sharks have been patrolling as well. The Sailfishing has definitely started picking up, and the current is getting better to the east. No coincidence, as this is exactly what we have been waiting for. The big news is that the conditions have turned absolutely perfect for the Wahoo, and they have been swarming the last few days. They have been picky eaters at best, but if you can catch the Speedos, or get your hands on some Goggle eyes you got a pretty good chance at getting some bites. Tried to catch them on Pilchards and Cigar minnows, but no luck until the Speedos and Goggle Eyes came into the picture. One of my buddies caught one on a vertical jig as well, when they wouldn’t eat a Pilchard, so something that looks fast and shiny might be the ticket. I also noticed some very large schools Permit starting to show up on the reef and wrecks today. I would gander to say that tomorrow is going to really start the Permit season for us offshore guys, as I must have seen over a thousand of them today. They are really hard fighting fish, and are absolutely beautiful! I would say it is definitely a favorite for my customers.
The reef has been pretty solid all week, and the patches are still pretty good. The Yellowtails Snappers are beginning to do their thing, so it should be an all out free for all with the right conditions for these guys. Great table fare and fun for the whole family. It really doesn’t get any better than that!
Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 www.catchalottafish.com out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!