A great action filled past 10 days with nice sized Sharks ranging in the 60-200lb+ range have kept us entertained and worn out. Shrimping season is in full swing and with that being said, the Sharks that follow the trawlers around have been extraordinarily hungry and active. Lots of topwater action for Blacktips as well as a few Lemons, and some incredibly large Bull Sharks that basically drag us around after we hook into them. Very consistent action for those with strong arm and back strength. The nearshore reef has been void of topwater action for what seems like forever, so we have been going to where the action is. We did fish a few backwater spots because of wind and weather conditions a couple of days ago and caught a handful of small Redfish and Blackdrum. They were small in size and the pinfish were quite a nuisance. This will change over the coming weeks with cooler water ahead. The inshore fishing will heat up, and within a month or so, the Large Bull Reds will be making an appearance in large numbers. Some of the best fishing the island has to offer is right around the corner, if we can just make it thru hurricane season. Speaking of which, Hurricane Dorian is knocking on our door step, and while we don’t wish our Florida and Georgia coastal neighbors any harm, we hope that our island and coastline remains unaffected and no harm comes our way. Our thoughts are always with the folks who do happen to be in the path of destruction. Hope everyone stays safe and that you experience a tight line or two in the coming weeks.
This week was similar to last week, with the Shrimp trawlers providing opportunities for large Shark action, but very little action in the way of other fish. The nearshore reef has been void of quality action for weeks now with only a few Mackerel being caught and some small reef fish on the bottom. As this new moon continues to grow, there may be an uptick in the action throughout the coming days. However, with winds forecasted to be between 10-15mph the next several days, the juice may not be worth the squeeze in heading offshore. We will just monitor the wind and wave heights for the time being. The last couple of days following the trawlers around have provided us with a few Blacktip and Bull Sharks approaching the 300lb range. It isn’t for everybody, but when one witnesses these guys jumping 6ft in the air multiple times, and when you finally bring it along side the boat, it is pretty cool and rewarding. When the Shrimpers haven’t been mowing the lawn we have stayed in the nearshore sandbars a played with a much smaller variety of Sharks that are usually anywhere from 15-40lbs. If I have the very young anglers aboard, we keep them busy as well with a assortment of bottom dwelling fish. Anyway, hope the winds stay light and some more fish begin to bite. Sure would be cool to see a Tarpon or two during these coming early a.m. high tides. Hopefully a good number of Jacks as well. Hope everyone has a great week, and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!
Sorry for the lack of reports the last couple of weeks. I guess it kinda coincides with the lack of great fishing. The Mackerel bite remains non-existent after several spectacular days the occurred nearly 3 weeks ago. Very tough tides caused by the new moon this past week have even put a damper on the Shark scene. Inconsistent and lacking some real heavy action has been the norm, with the exception of the Shrimp Trawlers and the beasts that follow them. Problem is, the tides have kept the Shrimpers from working, and they have been far and few between. The days we fished along side of them were just very productive and entertaining. This coming week offers some more hope as tides return to normal and the winds fall off by late week. The weather is about to get seasonally warm again and hopefully the fishing action heats back up. Did hook a Tarpon on the blind and enjoyed the 3 to 4 seconds we shared together. A couple more have been jumped in the last day or so, so you never know. Just saying. I will have a new report by late weekend. Tight Lines, and take a kid fishing.