The long and short of it is that the bite has really been off the last 4 days, with the exception of one morning in which we closely followed some Shrimp boats around and caught a handful of Sharks that weighed in at 60lb or more. We also caught a couple of nice Jacks during the afternoon high tide mark, while sight casting and missed a few others. The Jacks only went about 20lbs or so but it was really fun. The wind has hurt us as well as far as limiting our options, but even larger boats that are working the near shore waters are coming up empty. Could be a combination of rain, wind and water temp , but there is no doubt that the fishing as well as the sharking is really tough as of late. This coming week, the mornings are the way to go because of the high tide occurring then thru out the coming week. And even then,,, who knows. Will have an update on Tuesday evening.
Last week we stayed busy several miles off the beach playing with Blacktip and Lemon Sharks in the 30-60lb range, with most of the activity happening on the surface before our eyes. We also caught a couple of nice Jacks in the 20lb range that gave us a good challenge. Pretty consistent and fun. This weekend however I just couldn’t track em down and the fishing fell off in comparison to the preceding days. I had young jr. anglers on the boat the last couple of days so we stayed in the backwater out of the wind. Yesterday was great with non-stop action on 20lb Blacktips,Shovelheads, and Lemons. We also caught a 80lb Blacktip toward the end of the trip. Today was the opposite. Couldn’t get it going and moved several times and was lucky to get a nice Blacktip and a few SandSharks in the last hour. I heard that the bite off the beach was awful as well so I don’t know what to expect the rest of the week. Plenty of bait in our area today so who knows what the deal is. Tough mornings the next couple of days with low tide coming at around 10am. Is what it is. The afternoon trips though, offer up the possibility of some good inshore high tide action if the wind doesn’t interfere negatively. Or, conditions could be perfect and we still have a lousy outing as far as the bite is concerned. A there you have it. Next report by weekends end.
To sum up this week of fishing, one word describes it perfectly. Fun! We only caught Sharks, but the thing is, 90% that we caught were either top-water live baited, or sight casted to with various lures. We caught mostly Blacktips and Lemon Sharks that weighed between 15-30lbs. We also caught a handful that went nearly 100lbs. We didn’t fish “offshore”, but we stayed about 2 miles off the beach on the trips because of the very clear water and the baitfish being so abundant. Chumming the water makes all the difference, and within a couple of minutes of wetting the lines, we had dozens of Sharks hanging around the boat within casting distance. While there might not be any Tarpon around yet, those Blacktips do their very best to mimic them in the amount of jumps and acrobatics they can display. Most importantly, we used really light tackle. When it comes to fishing, I just think its much more rewarding and exciting when you bring a knife to a gunfight. Anyway, I heard of some Jacks being caught around the same area I fished, but never saw a school, nor did I see any Spanish Mackerel, although I know a few were caught and filleted. Will most likely be fishing just off the beach over the coming days as long as the bite stays busy, the ocean stays calm, and I don’t hear of a better option.
Highs and Lows. Peaks and Valleys. I went from thinking I could have my own fishing show to contemplating whether I want to keep fishing if the bite is gonna be like it has been the last couple of days. Last weekend and into the middle of the week we caught some great looking fighting Sharks with several going over 100lbs. And best yet, all of them coming on surface baits right behind the boat for all to see. What a show these Blacktip and Lemon Sharks put on for us. We also caught Spanish Mackerel on every trip with each fish being big enough to feed a family of 4. I swear they fought like 12lb “snake” Kings, but they all from 6-8lbs. Absolute huge Spanish. Several days in a row we hooked up on nice size Jacks and nothing fights better lb for lb than them. Well, almost nothing. As we got one of them near the boat, Mr. 7ft Hammer decided it was time for dinner and all we brought in was a severed line. Still cool to behold. Then Wed. afternoon came, and so did the wind along with less than pretty water clarity and semi rough seas. Couldn’t get off the beach so stayed inshore and messed around with Reef Sharks. If we caught 100 on Thursday and Friday, 4 or 5 of them were nice Lemons, and another 6 were Blacktips no bigger than 15lbs while 90 of them were Reef Sharks that wouldn’t weigh over 10lbs. Really strong tide flow along with dirty water had us kind of down and all we could really get going was the Reef Sharks. We caught a couple of nice Lemons today, but like I said, we just kept getting mugged by those pesky Reefs. Think Im gonna take tomorrow off and just chill inside and enjoy some AC. Moon phase and tide levels get better thru the weekend so hopefully we can expect more variety and good action for the coming week.