Summer is here and the weather is getting hot. The action on the reef is heating up too as the big schools of bonitos and kingfish make their way down the edge of the gulfstream. Our daily drift fishing trips have been getting some awesome catches of kingfish and bonitos lately. When a school of bonitos swims anywhere near the boat, every line we have in the water gets bit. It can be pretty exciting at times. Mixed in with these bonito schools are kingfish and the occassional tuna and/or wahoo.
Sportfishing trips have been very good lately too. On our longer trips, 6 hours or more, we’ve been trolling offshore for mahi-mahi. June is the best month of the year for finding schools of mahi-mahi offshore along weedlines. The dolphins have been mostly peanuts, but the numbers of them have been great. One good school of fish can fill the box and max out your daily limit of 10 per person. This time of year also, you have the outside chance at a blue marlin, the grand prize fish of the entire ocean. Unfortunately, we don’t catch them very often, but this is the time of year you will see a few caught out there. If we caught them all the time, they wouldn’t be such a prized fish.
Our half day sportfishing trips have been fishing the reef, where there has been realy good action on bonito and kingfish. Trolling the reef can also catch you the occassional wahoo, tuna or even sailfish this time of year. Wreck fishing on the shallow and deep wrecks has been good for barracuda, amberjack and an occassional cobia. We’ve even been getting some big mutton snappers lately during the day trips.
The night fishing on our night anchor trips has been great for action and probably our best trip for catching the most fish overall. On our night trips, we target snappers and the snapper fishing has been awesome. Yellowtails are biting pretty regular. The muttons are beginning to show up for the mutton spawn and are being caught more and more on our trips lately. Mangroves are biting great too and have been really big ones. All in all the night trips have been great. Great fishing this month and it should get better and better until the end of August. Sea you on the water.