It has been a fantastic spring here in sunny south Florida. The fishing has been incredible. From yellowtail snapper and huge tuna to Mahi mahi and wahoo and everything else in between, we have caught them all! There was a nice migration of sailfish too that were tailing in the beginning of June this year! We were catching limits of dolphin and then coming back into the reef in the afternoon and getting several shots at sailfish. The yellowtail snapper have been consistent all season long averaging from 1-3 pounds with the occasional 4 pounder. They are still swarming on the reef edge and will remain into December.The mangrove snapper are starting to spawn after dark on the reef too! They have been from 1-5 pounds and swarming! Giant mutton snapper from 8-15 pounds have also been spawning out on the deeper wrecks and on some days we have done very well catching as many as ten big ones! As the summer progresses on, the tuna will move onto the humps. The best fishing for them is typically in August, but from the middle of July on it is usually wide-open! This fishery will go strong into December. Mahi mahi have been swarming in the 3-10 pound range. We have not seen many large fish this year yet. There is speculation that they will be coming in July and August. July is typically on of the best months for 15-25 pound fish as groups of 3-9 adult “slammers” move through our waters to spawn. We have even been catching nice mahi on the reef edge while fishing for yellowtails too!
The tarpon fishing is winding down for the season. There are still a few smaller fish around but the main migration has moved on. The next big push will be in October and November. Set your sights on the full moon periods and get ready as this is usually the best fishing of the entire year for tarpon. It is possible to have a 20 or 30 fish night! You also need to book your trips in advance for the tarpon this year as I am experiencing high demand for this fishery.