Drift fishing is going good this week. A lot of action on the reef catching kingfish, bonitos, blackfin tunas, snappers and grouper. The action always gets better for us this time of year. There are schools of baitfish on the reefs and all around the wrecks right now, making plenty of food for bigger game fish to congregate. Schools of blackfin tuna are patrolling the reef. Several big blackfins and many small to medium ones are being caught drift fishing in 100-200ft of water. A few sailfish are here and there as well, more than a few were caught this week. The kingfish bite is hit or miss. On some days they bite good and we catch a bunch of them. Other days, we can’t get a kingfish to save our lives. Fortunately, if the kingfish aren’t biting, snappers and groupers on the bottom give us some good action. Bonitos are beginning to show up for their big summer migration. Just a few to start, but in a month or so, large schools of them will be biting.
This morning’s drift fishing trip aboard the Catch My Drift was decent action. We had 17 anglers on the boat and caught a sailfish (biggest fish of the day), 6 bonitos, a 20 pound kingfish, and about a dozen yellowtail snappers. Capt Dale, our night fishing captain is reporting some very large mangrove snappers biting at night as well as a few big mutton snappers. He says that the yellowtail bite is off and on, some nights really good and then some slow nights on the tails. Grouper season just opened up and some red groupers are biting on both the day and the night trips. We can finally keep them again. We’re cathcing not more than 1 or 2 on a trip, but they are biting some. We’re getting into the season when the drift fishing boats really shine and a lot of fish are caught. Good luck fishing this week everyone.