Its been a tough couple of weeks fishing. While keeping an eye on the horizon and checking the local radar every hour, we did manage to catch a few Spanish Mackerel, catch a few Jacks that came within casting range, and catch a number of species of Sharks. However, overall it was kinda tough. Rain and thunderstorms nearly every day as well as a constant breeze of 10-15mph had us resorting to plans B,C and D in order to stay dry, comfortable and keep the rods bent. Oh well, when mother nature tosses lemons your way, you make some great tasting lemonade and go with the flow. This coming week looks to be more of the same. We do have a good moon phase as well as the tides that are lined up nicely for the coming week, so I am optimistic and will keep our fishing hopes alive.
It was nice to sleep in and take a break from the fishing today. 2 weeks straight of 5am alarm clocks going off and having to figure out the best plan of attack for the day, all awhile keeping your eyes on the sky and local radar and figuring out how you can stay dry from the relentless rain and thunderstorms and stay busy bending the fishing rods. To say that its been rainy and wet for the last couple of weeks would be an understatement. We’ve had thunderstorms nearly everyday and the amount of freshwater runoff into the area has been somewhat detrimental to the bite. Also, the wind has been a constant 10-15mph the past week and being able to fish in comfortable conditions has been a challenge. Having said that, we managed a couple of days with a decent Spanish Mackerel bite, a couple of nice size Jacks that showed up within casting distance, and a number of different species of Sharks. We just haven’t gotten an opportunity for the larger 100lb+ Sharks that we are accustomed to this time of year. Between the lack of shrimp trawlers at work and rougher surface conditions, we were forced to resort to plans B,C and D. Looks to be more of the same this coming week, however we do have a good moon phase as well as cooperating tides that should help our cause. When mother nature tosses lemons your way, make some great tasting lemonade and go with the flow.
Despite some of the most extreme tides of the year this past week, we managed to keep the fishing rods bent and have success with various Sharks including Blacktips, Lemons, Bonnet heads and a few others. The Shrimping fleet remained in port due to the new moon tides, and that kept us from landing the larger 100lb+ sizes that we had become accustomed to the previous weeks. We took a break from the Shark fishing and fished for Spanish Mackerel one morning and caught close to a dozen that provided us with some really fun ultra-lite action. Most were 3-5lbs and while they were a fun diversion from the Sharks, we were really hoping to snag a King Mackerel or several, that would exceed 30lbs or more. Oh well, at least we managed to stay busy and keep everyone entertained in between the unbelievable tidal surges we had to endure. This coming week, the tides return to normal phase, and hopefully the weather stays calm and allows us an opportunity to hook into some Jacks, Possibly a Tarpon, or some more Mackerel. Will also be keeping our fingers crossed that the Shrimp Trawlers return to the nearshore areas and bring with them the huge Beasties that they attract, and that provide so much entertainment for us. That’s my report and I’m sticking to it. Tight Lines Ya’ll !
Some really fun action for Sharks both top-water and below. Have been fishing a few miles off the beach most every day and have been catching numerous Blacktip and Spinner Sharks on light spin tackle. There have also been plenty of Lemon and Bull Sharks to go around. While most don’t exceed the 100lb mark, they put on a great show and are perfect for the light gear we are using. I did fish for some Mackerel a few days ago and caught some nice Spanish but the Kings never came my way. I may do that again this week because the next few days it looks as though the ocean will have pond like conditions. Plenty of small Sharks,Whiteing and other miscellaneous stuff for the very young jr. anglers to occupy their time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we crossed paths with some schools of Jacks this week. Id be pleasantly surprised if some Silver Kings showed up on the islands south end. If and when either occurs, I will post it immediately. Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday. Maybe take a kid fishing before firing up that grill
The past week or better has been pretty much a slam dunk when it comes to steady action. And while it is mostly about Sharks, its still about non-stop action. With pond like ocean conditions, we have spent the majority of our time just off the beach enjoying top water action for Blacktips that can burn up a spinning reel and often do their best Tarpon impersonation. We also caught several Hammerheads that were no slouches either, and a number of nice sized Lemons and Bull Sharks. We tried fishing for King Mackerel one day, but had to settle for a few Spanish Mackerel instead. The coming week will most likely be about Sharks as well and if the Shrimp boats happen to be out working the waters, then the size of our targets are gonna increase immensely. Maybe a Tarpon will cross our path as well as a school of Jacks. Its the ocean, and you just never know what’s gonna show up