Then the rain came for 4 days and what usually happens with that much rain is that the inland floodgates are opened to alleviate any inland flooding, but that fresh water enters into our inland and near shore waters and dirties the water up. Instead of clean blue offshore water, we had dirty green inland water. That coupled with a south current kept the green water around for a bit. Good news is that the green water is on its way out and cleaner offshore water is replacing it. Even with the green water, we still managed to catch some fish. We caught sailfish on every one of our trips and as many as three per trip, but we did have one trip we didnít catch one, but we did hook one that trip that didnít stay tight. Besides sailfish, the mahis are still around and in decent numbers and size. Almost all the mahis we caught were gaffers between 8 and 20 pounds. There have also been some decent kingfish around as well as some mutton snappers on the bottom. I could only imagine how much better the fishing would have been if we had clean blue water with north current.
We also managed one evening swordfish trip in between the windy days and did catch a decent swordfish of around 120 pounds. To top it off it was also a pumpkin. That fish was hooked in the pectoral fin and stripped out about 300 yards of line swimming fast on the top. With that much line out in a few minutes, everyone on board including myself thought that this was a really big swordfish, only after we got him to the boat did we realize that he was foul hooked.
The fishing is already decent and with more cold fronts on the way it is only going to get better. We still hoping for a weather window where we can run to Bimini and do some high speed trolling for wahoo. In the meantime weíll stay on the edge and put up the kites and enjoy some great early season sailfish and mahi action! I still have some openings for November and December so take advantage of the fishing and come check out the new boat. Give me a call and lets set up some trips.
Capt. Dean Panos