There are mucho Mahi from 250ft to 800ft of water out of Islamorada. Mixed in and running against the Gulf Stream big ones to 35 lbs can be caught. The way we find these fish is to follow fright birds that are moving south against the Gulf Stream. We are also getting shots at Blackfin Tuna when we come across tuna birds that we can catch up to. This week we are going to run a down planner down around 30 ft in the water column. There has to be Wahoo chasing these small tunas and mahi around. The bottom fishing has also been excellent for yellowtail snappers and the occasional legal sized Grouper. Amberjacks, large Barracudas and the usual reef fish seem to be very abundant this time of the year. So come on down to Smugglers Cove and spend a great day on the water with the crew of the Big Bite!
The mahi fishing over the last couple of weeks has been red hot. We are also catching bigger fish than last year. The trick is to figure out if they are 20 miles offshore or 6 miles offshore. On different days we catch them in both places. The wind has been very strong and it appears we catch them close to shore on days when there are fewer birds and the wind is blowing out of the NE as opposed to the wind blowing out of the SE and birds a plenty. Go Figure!
We had a great day fishing off the reef the other day. A couple from the UK were out on the Big Bite 3. They had never been Deep Sea Fishing on the Ocean side before this trip. We chummed up a large assortment of different fish on a day when the water was crystal clear and the fish were biting. After boating Parrot fish, Speedos, Blue Runners and a nice mess of Yellowtail Snapper we spotted a large Cobia moving in and out of the Chum line in the back of the boat. The Cobia ate one of the Yellowtail on its way up from the bottom just as we prepared a bait to catch it. After we put the bait out on a balloon it took about a half hour later when the balloon started to dance across the water. Twenty minutes later we gaffed a 40 lb Cobia into the boat for pictures and dinner! Come on down to the Big Bite 3 at Smugglers Cove for a great day on the water on the Big Bite!