Coming over the cross island bridge tonight around the time of sunset, the view was amazing. Extreme lunar high tides had water pushed well up into the marsh, and with the beautiful colors in the sky, it was just awesome. And then I thought about the last couple days of fishing and how the moon can make the fishing go to crap. Large pockets of discolored water, bait thinned out and scattered, and water flow that could rival some rivers. Tough fishing the last couple of days and it could be tough thru the weekend. We have caught some nice Blacktips over the last few days in excess of 100lbs as well as a few smaller Sharks, but it was done in small windows of opportunity dictated by the tides. Didn’t come across any schools of Jacks to sight cast to this past week, and really just did our best to stay comfortable and busy. Throw 2-3ft seas into the mix, and it just hasn’t been that rewarding. Even the inter-coastal water areas have been rough due to afternoon winds so the problems get compounded by one another. I will update the report after this coming weekend. Until then, checkout the high waters edge during sunset and marvel at what a beautiful place this island is.
I apologize for not staying up to date , but I have been busy. Anyway, its been a very good couple of weeks. Lots of fun Black tips and Lemon Sharks roaming the surface of our waters just a mile or so off the beach. Plenty of 20-40lbers as well as some twice that lenght and weight. Lots of fun! We have also caught a few nice Jacks while sight casting in the inshore areas and bays. All of these fish have gone over 20lbs and they just burn up the line on the light spinning reels. Really fun when you catch sight of them. You do however need the right wind and tide to maximize your chances. The last couple of days though, the Sharks have been absent and I may go back to the old reliable Shrimp boat tailgating method in order to catch some trophy size teeth. Anyway, between the Sharks and Jacks, we ought to stay productive this coming week, barring any crappy weather interference. Now if only the Tarpon would show themselves on the islands south end.
On a scale from 1-10 with 5 being average, 10 being automatic and lots of variety, and 1 being hopelessly dismal, I give this past week a rating of 3. The bite is not offering much variety, and quality and consistency is sorely lacking. Thank God for the local Shrimpers. When they are out working the waters, 90% of the time there are bound to be fun sized Sharks to play with. We caught in double digets 100lb plus Blacktips that I swear to you move as fast and jump as high and often as any Tarpon you might come across. These fish are especially fun, as being there aren’t any Tarpon being caught on the south-end of the island. Wind was an issue throughout the week, and we couldn’t locate any schools of Jacks to cast to. The Spanish Mackerel bite is terrible, and we haven’t had them schooled up in the inshore areas not once this season. A couple of weeks or so back, we spent a couple of days at a reef about 5 miles off the beach and did well casting and live-baiting, but that was short lived. I hope things get better and that we see some more variety, but the odds of that happening is less than a coin flip. Never Surrender and Keep Hope Alive !