The blackfin tuna are center stage right now. The typical six or eight fish at a time is the norm if you can chum them with pilchards. Big live sardines down deep are still the ticket for the big boys up to 35 pounds. When the fish are deep, we have been jigging with the high speed jigs and having a field day. On most of the trips, we have been able to find mahi mahi under various debris from pallets to Amazon logs. They are varied in size from schoolies to slammers, but most of the fish have been nice.
We are also starting to see better bottom fishing for the deep water snappers and groupers. Vermillions, silk, and red snappers have all been present in the usual haunts. The fishing on the full moon is always better but they have also been present during the new moon as well. The reef has been great for mutton snappers and hogfish both on rod and reel and with the spearguns. The water is warm, clear, and very pleasant for a dive. This is also the off season so fishing pressure is way down and catches are way up!