This past week, due to the rough offshore conditions, which lasted most of this past week until yesterday, Tuesday, 6/26, "Island Girl" only ran 4 bay and jetty trips and 2 deep sea trips.
Bay and jetty fishing was slower than usual due to mostly south to southwest winds gusting to 20 knots at times. Together with the fresh water runoff from the rains of the previous week, offshore waters were off color.
The water (catfish water) did produce a number of larger gafftop catfish, assorted panfish, and a few small sharks.
When we did make it offshore 26 miles or father, red snapper limits were achieved by all parties up to 16 persons. We are seeing much more action on mangrove snapper (gray snapper) both in size and quantity in water depths up to 72 feet. One trip, all kingfish were caught deep on bottom lines fishing for snapper. On our last offshore trip on Tuesday, kingfishing was slow due to lack of current. Water was in much better shape as to clarity and water color beyond 20 plus miles.
We also caught our first Spanish mackerel of the year offshore yesterday (later in the year than usual). We noted a number of schools of surface bait where we fished yesterday in clear water. Also a number of sharks were seen caught and released.
According to the weather forecast through this Saturday we should see seas at 2 to 3 feet and light winds from the south. N. This should greatly improve surface fishing for kingfish, ling, dorado, and more. We should see the appearance of some weed lines and better and more color changes.
Wishing you calm seas and tight lines for the next week.
- Captain Paul Stanton
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