Tuna and Mahi catch with Capt Petrucco Charter Fishing! post image

I have been concentrating mostly on tuna and mahi fishing on the humps. It has been on fire! Multiple hook-ups on the blackfins are coming with either high-speed jigs or live pilchards. Trolling the feathers has actually been catching some nicer fish lately too. I troll up until we get a double header, then I drift down and catch two or three more with the jigs and livies. Before long, we are loaded down with tunas. Then we will go a little further out and look for mahi mahi under the birds and debris in the weed lines. The live baits like ballyhoo have been best for this. If you want to catch alot of mahi mahi, then now is a great time to come down. October has been the best month the past two years for dolphin. I wonder if this trend will continue.

The tarpon bite on the full moon is off the charts as usual. This year we targeted them with poppers. On our best night, we landed 17 silver kings on light spinning tackle and plugs. Of course the best way to catch them is on live bait. I have had many 30 plus fish nights this time of year!


Humps on FIRE!  Blackfin Tuna Ruling Offshore Grounds! post image

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!


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