Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Winter is quickly approaching, and the fish are sensing the change and moving down with the temperature changes and the bait. Sails, Kings, and Wahoo were all on the menu this past week, and you can officially say that the winter-time pelagic are here, or at least well on their way. Not a ton of shots per day just yet at the Sails, but if you put your time in you will surely get a couple. These odds increase every day as well, so it is only going to get better as it gets colder above us. The Kings and Wahoo’s are here, as well as a lot of the offshore Tunas are moving into the deep edge of the reef, which is making a pretty exciting kite fishing scenario. Some Mahi are still in the area, and this is making the variety close to shore incredible. You can catch Sails, Mahi, Tuna, Kings, and Wahoo without going more than 6 miles offshore. It is pretty exciting! Our preferred method for this has been blacking out our livewells with Pilchards, and live chumming with them creating a “crumb” trail if you will to lure these guys around the boat. It works pretty well, I might add….
On the reef, the Yellowtail Snapper fishing has been absolutely out of control. We have also been live chumming with the pilchards for these guys, but any way you want to do it will work. Some decent fish as well with a few fish in the 4 pound range, which is great size for Yellowtail Snapper. We have been putting up the kite while fishing for these guys, and have managed to get a couple Sail bites while doing so, as well as some Mackerel bites. With all the chum it is hard not to draw in everything in the area. We even caught groupers and had Mutton’s busting on the surface on the pilchards. It is a really cool experience if you haven’t seen it.
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!