We have been on a nice roll the last week or so catching Sails in the morning and then Tuna’s or snappers later in the day. Two days ago we had 3 Sails in the morning and then anchored down in 185′ and caught another Sail out there as well as 6 big Mutton Snappers, these fish were all over 12 lbs. The following day on an afternoon 1/2 day we caught 5 20lb Tuna, 1 big Mutton and a bunch of Cuda’s.
Monthly Archives: December 2010
Don’t you love it when a plan comes together. Today we hoped to catch Saifish in the morning and Tuna in the afternoon and that exactly what we did. We caught live ballyhoo first thing and within 5 minutes of leaving the bait patch we were hooked up to a double header of Sails; two of a group of five which were chasing ballyhoo on the reef edge. In addition to the double we caught 2 more singles and lost 2 we had hooked. We spent the mid day hours anchored on the reef edge-not much, some jacks, a small Mutton, missed a couple of Grouper, several sharks. another Sailfish bite. We began Tuna Fishing about 3:15 but it didn’t get good until close to 4:00- from then on it was non stop, we ended up catching 9 Tuna’s in the next hour.
Back to back cold fronts have dropped the water temps significantly over the last 10 days. This will greatly improve the fishing by driving Tuna, Kingfish and Sailfish into our area to escape even colder temps north of us. The improvement is already obvious- big kings are becomming more common- we had several in the 35lb class in the last several days. Also the Ballyhoo are thick along the reef edge which has attracted lots of Sails, Cero, Jacks and even Dolphin close to the shallow reefs. Casting to these fish as they chase the schools of Ballyhoo is a lot of fun. We’ve been seeing as many as 3 or 4 Sails at a time. Several days ago we found a group of 8 20lb Dolphin prowling in 25′ right on top of the reef. Blackfin Tuna are beginning to fill in on the deep wrecks, this fishery has been slow to start but is finally getting into high gear.