The humps are on fire! Blackfin tuna are ruling the offshore grounds in Islamorada. All of the humps are swarming with 6-18 pound tunas. They are hungry for live cigar minnows, sardines, and pilchards. We have also been catching fish on the high-speed jigs as well as trolling feathers too. If artificial lures are your thing, you can cast plugs to hungry tunas with the “popping” rods too! Along with the tuna, there have been many days filled with schoolie and gaffer sized mahi mahi. They have been patrolling the weed edges and feeding on the myriad of blue runners hiding under the “matts” of weeds.
In a little closer to the reef, the deep ledges have been holding vermillion and yellow eyed snappers. They are accompanied by mutton snappers and red groupers. We have not had a trip this month that we have not caught at least one keeper red grouper. There are also large black grouper, king mackerel, sailfish, and cobia working the same edges, so you never really know what exactly it is you are reeling in until your finished! I have been using light 12-20 pound Key Largo Rods with Avet sx reels and 30 pound leaders. It is a great fight to reel up a big grouper on light tackle in 225 feet of water!
The fall season is going to break open soon in Bimini for wahoo and other pelagics. Of course the snapper and grouper fishing is always stellar on the “other side” too! If you are interested in planning an adventure in the bahamas, give me a call and we can discuss your desires. The fishing is fantastic right now, don’t miss out!