Another summer has come and gone, and let me tell you this one I think may have been one of the longest I can remember. I’m going to call it one of those “Endless Summers”, but that is going to be another story to come in the next couple days. Lets get to the here and now. Up until just a few weeks ago the offshore fishing was still lit up with Mahi, and we are talking a lot of Mahi. Some days were all you wanted as far as catching was concerned, other days we were searching quite a distance to find them, but you could almost guarantee that at some point during the day we were going to find a school and catch all we wanted, and some really nice fish too! Most of the Mahi as of late were averaging 10-25 pounds and some even larger ones were boasted. Unfortunately everything must at some point come to a close, which is just what happened a few days ago, yet with the turning off of one light, another bright spot appeared.
The reef floods with Ballyhoo
Almost coinciding with the slowing of the offshore fishing, the reef has begun to amass its run of Ballyhoo, and in quite a large quantity. We are starting to see many areas of the reef with schools as large as a mile wide. These tasty live baits are perfect for targeting fall Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mackerels, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, and Wahoo. When these bait fish start to become thick on the reef edge, the multitude of both offshore and reef species begin to feed just off the edge of the reef from 30 to 200 feet of water. This large food source usually shows up in November, which is nice for our anglers to see these little guys here a bit early. We have already started seeing Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna showing up in the last couple days. On a recent trip aboard the Outer Limits, our anglers had a great bite of Blackfin Tuna and a nice Wahoo as well. The group nearly had a Sailfish to boot, but pulled the hook.
The reef has also been very good for Snapper fishing as well. Both Yellowtails and Mutton Snappers have been quite good action lately, especially on light tackle. West currents on the outer edges of the reef have given way to some great fishing for a multitude of species both on and just off the reef.
You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get in on some amazing fishing just a few miles from Key West, not to mention some fantastic weather as well. See you soon! – Captain Jay