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
Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there and I hope that a few Sons and Daughters took their Fathers to wet a line somewhere today. I wet a line today and caught a dozen fun jumping Blacktips ranging from 15-50lbs. Actually, that’s been are M.O for the last couple of days and we have even managed some fun Shovelhead and Hammerhead Sharks as well. We fished for King and Spanish Mackerel midweek to no avail. I was definitely a day late and a $ short. The Bull Reds have moved to places unknown, and other species just haven’t gotten to our area yet. Maybe the Kings and Spanish will regroup over the next few days, but what I really look forward to is that the Shrimp Trawlers begin their season, so that we can enlarge the size of these Blacktips that are keeping us busy and add a few additional species to the mix such as Lemons and Bulls. That should take place within a week or two. Maybe some schools of Jacks and a early arriving Tarpon could cross our path this week. Stay tuned to next weekends report and find out. Have yourself a Blessed day !
Cant believe it. The sun is out and not a cloud in the sky. The rain started 3 days ago and hasn’t let up until early this morning. How long it will stay dry and how all the freshwater intrusion will affect the fishing in the days to come is anybody’s guess. Prior to the rain event, the Shark fishing was really heating up. Plenty of top water action on the high spirited and high jumping Blacktips as well as a few Spanish Mackerel for the first time this season. Most of our fishing was done a couple of miles off the beach. This coming week will hopefully provide more of the same action and maybe some inshore activity such as Mackerel and Blues. The Bull Reds are gonna be far and further between I think, but one can never give up hope. Shrimp season doesn’t start for another couple of weeks, but when it does, the monsters of the deep will come out and play. There you have it. Lets go wet a line.
Got Sharks? Want some? I ask because there are plenty to go around and just not much else. Catching a couple of Bull Reds for every 100 Sharks does not constitute a diverse fishery. The Mackerel are still well offshore and other species including Ladyfish, Jacks, Blues and Tarpon have yet to arrive. Also, the larger Sharks, the 100lb plus variety haven’t shown up either. As soon as Shrimp season begins, they will be thick as thieves, but until then,,. I guess its all about Sharks and the occasional Redfish or maybe even a wayward inshore Cobia. At least we can continue bending the lite-tackle rods and accepting what mother nature gives us. For now.
The last week or so has been good in some ways and bad in others. Good in that the baitfish have started to show up in good numbers and that the action has increased with a better variety and quality size fish. Unfortunately, the variety and quality consist 0f different Sharks and little else. Lemons, Bulls, Blacktips and others have forced the remaining Bull Reds out of the picture and we are forced to wait for some nearshore Cobia to appear. Mackerel, Blues, Ladyfish etc. will hopefully be showing in our are nearshore waters and give us some fun ultra-lite action by the Memorial weekend. We will see. Anyway, winter has officially ended and with water temps heating up everyday, the fishing is just gonna get better. Tight Lines and stay optimistic.
Kind of a slow week but an uplifting one as well. We only fished a couple of times and the activity got better with each passing day. With calmer winds prevailing and water temps inching upward, we were able net plenty of bait and were rewarded with plenty of action by weeks end. A good variety of Sharks ranging from 2-4ft as well as a couple of nice Redfish that were 25lbs or more. The baitfish which is the main food source of all the fish we will be targeting for the next 4-5months seems to be here to stay. Due to the moon phase, the tides will be somewhat extreme for the next several days, but by midweek and with a warm weather forecast ahead, the fishing should continue to get better with more variety and consistency. While its been the longest Winter I ever experienced, I believe its finally come to an end. Can I get an “Amen”?
All hope is not lost after all. While the record low water temps and daily gusty winds have limited everyone’s fishing capabilities this entire month, we have managed to produce some tasty lemonade this past week from the lemons given us this year. While the Bull Red fishing has been a bust, we have been able to catch a number of fun sized Sharks over the past week as well as plenty of miscellaneous fish on ultra-light sponge-bob tackle. I defer back to the lemonade statement. While we did manage a few nice Reds that exceeded the 25lb mark a couple of weeks back, these fish just haven’t moved inshore into some of the areas that we would normally see them at this time of year. They just seem to be staying out of arms reach a few miles off the beach. If it wasn’t so windy day in day out, we could have an opportunity at em, but the risk (seasickness and roughness) aint worth the reward. Lots of rain here over the past 24hrs and extreme wind over the next couple of days gives way to what looks like a beautiful weather forecast. Warming temps and light wind are called for thru next weekend and beyond so I’m optimistic that the fishing action is gonna get better. Could Winter finally be coming to an end? Not gonna bet on it, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.