Happy Halloween! Last week was pretty good with most trips yielding plenty of Sharks and 4-8 Bull Reds which exceeded 20lbs or better nearly every trip. The past weekend slowed down a lot and we basically stunk the waters up. Oh well, time to move on. The Sharks should disappear off the radar with the colder water temps arriving and I hope that the Bull Redfish numbers increase to what we normally experience. We have had a couple of days that are reminiscent of what the fishing should be this time of the year, but has yet to be consistent as far as quantity. Only a couple trips in the double didgets. We haven’t seen the Mullet, aka food source, in any good numbers, and with water temps being above average for the past month, that could explain things being somewhat off compared to Octobers of years past. Maybe November, is the new October. Oh well, time to go hand out candy to the trick or treaters.
The past week was basically one of scrambling around in order to hide from the wind and rough conditions while still managing to keep the rods bent and spirits high. Basically, instead of plan A or B, we settled for plan G thru K. We still managed to hoist some nice fish over the boat gunnels as well as a fair amount of Shark action, but still not the bite that we are accustomed to this time of year. The wind speed did settle down today which made for a good day out on the water. For the 1rst time in nearly 2 weeks we were able to get to an area that usually has an abundance of Bull Reds and we were able to capitalize. The ocean was still rough, but manageable and we spent the morning catching a nice amount of Fish. While most were only in the 20lb range, they still offered a great gladiator-like fight, and most showed a lot of top water acrobatic action. The weekend looks to be promising and hopefully we can pick up tomorrow where we left off from today. The early part of the coming week however has some rain and a strong wind field that could put a break on the action till mid or late week. Weather is beyond my control so while I don’t like it, I have come to accept it. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking out my report. Check the latest fish pics on our Facebook page and give me a call if you wanna give it a go.
Some decent fishing going on for us over the past week or so. We’re not “on fire” and catching mother-loads, but we are seeing some nice fish as well as some Sharks. Very warm water temps have slowed the influx of the Bull Reds, as well as their main food source, Mullet. We usually see our area waters bubbling with large schools of Mullet, and the invasion of Bull Reds, however, with water temps still in the low 80’s, the “running” of the Bulls has been more like a slow meandering stroll. They have started appearing, just not in the numbers that we usually see by mid October. There looks to be a cold front moving this way by early next week, and while most folks have enjoyed summer like temperatures, myself include, the cooler air and water temps will greatly enhance our Fall fisheries. Until then, keep applying the sunscreen, watch out for the remaining Sharks, and be prepared for the fishing to get better with each passing day. Feel free to check out our Facebook page for the latest and greatest catches.
I’ve had to cancel nearly two dozen trips over the past month, while only managing two trips on the water. No hurricanes or flooding to be concerned with this week like weeks past. Just wind. I mean lots of wind. We are in the 5th day of small craft advisories with gusts into the mid 20mph or more. While the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a round of golf or stroll outdoors, it has made fishing next to impossible, at least a fun productive day on the water impossible. As I’ve always practiced, we don’t leave the dock unless conditions allow for a comfortable trip and the possibility of producing a good amount of fishing action. We did experience a few nice days between the weather events and were able to go wet a line and catch several nice Reds as well as a number of Sharks. With water temps still around 80 degrees, the Sharks aren’t gonna step completely aside for the Bull Reds just yet. It appears this weather pattern will hold till this weekend and then the only concern will be the aggravated moon tides that might make fishing difficult. By the start of next week, tide levels look good and hopefully with water temps cooling down, we will see an increase in the number of Bull Reds arriving in the nearshore waters. It has been truly the craziest weather I have ever experienced this time of year and hopefully its all behind us and we can get down to business. “The business of catching fish” Tight Lines Everyone!