Fishing on the edge has produced a lot of bonitos, some kingfish and an occasional sailfish. There have also been some mutton snappers on the bottom and some amberjacks on the wrecks. For the most part and especially with the bonitos, the fishing has been pretty much non stop. You know when you get invaded by the bonitos, because every rod on the boat goes off and soon you have 4 or 5 bonitos on at one time.
Offshore in the Gulfstream, there was a very decent bite of dorados. Unlike earlier in the summer with a lot of very small schoolies, the fish now are almost all gaffers or “heavy lifters”. These fish are from 5 to 20 pounds and most of them were found under debris. You would pull up to Sargasso weed, bamboo or some type of floating debris and each piece of debris usually held 5 to 10 decent dorados. Although there wasn’t a lot of fish under ever piece, almost all the debris had fish. The dolphin fishing has dropped off in the past few days, but that is probably more due to the approaching full moon than anything else. There have also been lots of schools of skipjack tunas in the Gulfstream. When you see a bunch of birds diving but they are moving very fast, they are on a school of skipjacks, rather than dorado. The dorado schools don’t move as fast as the skipjacks do.
We are rapidly approaching September, which means the day and night sword action should be in full swing. There should still be plenty of dorado offshore and the fall kings should move in to the edge. We will also start to see more sailfish on the edge and offshore as well.
Capt. Dean Panos