This past week "Island Girl" ran 5 deep sea private charters up to 12 persons, 1 public deep sea trip with 16 persons, 1 public bay jetty trip with 13 persons, and one private bay jetty trip with 8 persons.
Our red snapper limits came from trips fishing beyond 25 miles with fish up to 20 lbs. Lost several large snapper to larger blacktip sharks. Reels with 6:1 gear ratio a plus under these conditions. Consequently we did not chum when fishing for reef fish. This was our best week this year for quantity and size of mangrove snapper.
Kingfish appear to be scattered both inshore and offshore, bite was slower at times with rainy & cloudy conditions and little current or current running up against light winds. Found more kings inshore than offshore some days. When the sun came out the bite was on again. Baitfish abundant around sunken rigs yesterday.
This past week on deep sea trips we also caught keeper ling, Spanish mackerel, spadefish, stingray, and a variety of sharks mostly catch & release due to size or prohibited species (following the stricter federal regulations). Our primary bait continues to be Spanish sardines whole or cut.
Our bay & jetty trips catch included bonnet head sharks, Atlantic sharpnose sharks, whiting, sand trout, gafftop, stingray, and more. Blacktip and spinner sharks were released as they were shorter than the minimum federal fork length of 54 inches.
Have heard some isolated reports of some small dorado caught within 30 miles, but more and larger fish beyond 40 miles. Not much found in the past week on weedlines or flotsam within 30 miles. One weedline found early on a rainy & cloudy morning 11 miles out did not produce fish.
Have a great week and remember any day spent fishing is better than a day at work !
- Captain Paul Stanton
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