I apologize for the lack of a fishing report the week before. Fishing was very good for Mackerel and Big Sharks. Now for this past weeks report. Fishing was very wet. Canceled more trips than I fished. I don’t like fishing in the rain. Never have, never will. We did however fish due to numerous rain squalls that would spring up randomly. We managed a couple of good trips behind the Shrimp trawler that yielded a couple of Bull Sharks in the 200lb range as well as many Blacktips in the 60-80lb range that did their very best Tarpon impersonation during battle. We fished the nearshore sheltered sandbars when the weather made it the only viable option and caught a few Lemon,Fine tooth and Bonnethead Sharks that were on average 15-30lbs. Didn’t try for any Mackerel, but the bite for them had slowed and ocean conditions didn’t really allow us to venture very far. This coming week calls for more sunshine, so probably more fishing and more Sharks as well as a Mackerel or several if conditions favor. Hopefully by late week, and with early morning tides, we will start to see more schools of Jacks arriving in the area. Seems like they always arrive the first or second week of August. Anyway, will let ya’ll know by next weekends fishing report.
Lots of Large 100lb plus size Sharks are what we have been targeting over the last couple of weeks and the success is at an all-time high,,, as long as the Shrimp trawlers are out working. Some great top water action on Blacktips, Spinners, and even a few Bulls. If the Shrimpers are taking the day off, we are fishing some inshore sandbars for the same species along with a few others and the size is cut down by about 2/3rds. Still better than a poke in the eye. We did do a couple of trips where the majority of our fishing was casting for Spanish Mackerel. It was pretty successful with each trip catching nearly a dozen or more, and it was just fun to see that many schools of fish in our nearshore area waters. It reminded me of how predominant the Mackerel fishing used to be, and just how much fun we had back in the day say 10-15 years ago . That bite has slowed, but it was nice while it lasted. I haven’t seen any large schools of Jacks, by I’m confident they will be showing up by the end of the month and certainly by August. I haven’t seen or heard of any Tarpon on the south end of the island and will let you know if I do. Not holding my breath, but never say never. There You have it. Tight Lines to all! Please remember to try and take a kid Fishn !!
Enjoying the day off. Gotta love sleeping in from time to time. The last few days showed some signs of normalcy, after a really tough week of wind, extreme tides and very ugly water caused by not only the moon phase but lots of freshwater runoff. Bait fish, which for all intensive purposes is the food that our targeted species eat, has been extremely scarce the past week and we were having to run a couple of miles off our beaches to find it. They are x-tra large bait though, and we have been able to put them to good use the past few days. Big Blacktips and Spinner Sharks showed back up behind the shrimp trawlers doing their best Tarpon impersonation, and we even caught some nice Lemon and Dusky Sharks while sitting in between the sandbars just off the beach. Caught a 30lb Red as well, but pretty much a ‘fluke” this time of year. Weather looks a bit sketchy for the week , but if the rain holds out, I’m optimistic we should remain busy bending the rods and battling some beasts. Hope All have a blessed 4th of July and that everyone takes a moment to think about the men and women and their families whom sacrifice and give of themselves so that we can enjoy this wonderful life and great fishing in this awesome country.