Hey everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It appears that the fishing is picking back up, as the Swordfish have been biting and the Mahi are starting to increase in numbers. With the majority of the fleet fishing for Mahi today, it appeared that everyone did well and caught some really nice fish. These fish are getting bigger as they migrate southward, and sure put on a show for our anglers, not to mention the great table fare that they bring. Look for the Mahi fishing to continue to be good through the weekend. The Swordfishing has picked up, but of course this is with help from the moon. I would say that it should be decent through the weekend, but you can bet it will taper off as the moon weakens. The deep dropping continues to be good as well as the humps. The Tunas (larger ones) have been a bit frustrating in the inability to show themselves with consistency, but rest assured they are in the area. There are some nicer ones on the Marathon Hump, but the sharks are so bad you can hardly get one past. Hoping that these guys will show up on the 409 and Islamorada Humps soon, so we can get a good bite going no so far from Islamorada. These 2 humps are holding fish, but they are smaller tunas. There are still some Jacks and plenty of sharks around these humps as well.
On the wrecks, the Muttons are still biting, and should continue for a while. The night time bite has been best from the reports I have been getting, especially to the south. Some nice Kings, Jacks, and a handful of Groupers have been keeping these areas honest too. There have also been a few nice African Pompanos lurking these wrecks as well. They have been pretty aggressive on the Cigar Minnows and Pilchards, so don’t be surprised if one takes your bait!
The reef has been plentiful as of late, with some decent Yellowtail Snappers and of course a ton of Mangrove Snappers. The Mangroves are in full spawn right now, and are very hungry and willing to take your bait. Current is the ingredient, and to get your chum behind the boat is what you are looking for. Get a good slick going and it won’t be long before you see these guys behind the boat! If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip. 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.