Fishing has been good, even though I am hearing from my customers and inquirers that we are struggling. On the contrary, I haven’t talked to anyone that has had a bad day over the last couple of months. The King fish have been here in large numbers allowing just about everyone to catch their limit, starting off their day. We are also beginning to see bait, like cigar minnows and ballyhoo showing up which is definitely going to make the reef come alive.
The clean blue water has pushed in, thanks to the east wind, so we can say good bye to the nasty green water that has been lingering. There were several Whale Sharks spotted cruising the outside edge of the reef this week. What an awesome sight these big giant fish are. They run an average of 20 to 25 feet long and almost always have fish with them. They are like large slow moving debris full of bait, promoting larger predators. Usually in the shallow water they have Cobias around them which were the case this week, giving several boats a great opportunity to catch some really nice fish.
We have had a lot of success on the reef, fishing for Yellowtail and Mutton Snappers. We were fortunate enough to find some larger 3-5 lb Yellowtails and a handful of Muttons ranging from 6-12 pounds. Usually, while we are anchored up on the reef catching Snapper, and if the conditions allow, we will fly a kite. This allows us to present a couple of baits out away from our chum slick, and targets the surface eaters, like Sailfish.
Here’s to keeping the rods bent……