Before the wind blew, there were plenty of dolphin offshore. The dolphin were from 300ft of water well out into 1100 feet. These trips were your typical run and gun trips were you were running around in the Gulfstream looking mostly for birds and debris. Once you find what youíre looking for, you usually scored on dolphin. All our dolphin trips were successful so far. After catching dolphin in the Stream, we have been coming back to the edge and fishing for tunas, kings and sails. Luckily we have been successful there as well. The kings have been schoolie size from 5 to 15 pounds, but the blackfin tunas have been on the bigger size with most tunas going between 25 to 35 pounds.
With the new fishing regulations in the Bahamas, we have very few trips booked to the islands. I am still going over in June to target the yellowfin tunas, but do not have any bottom fishing trips booked for Bimini this year. If you ask me, the new Bahamian fishing laws are not very practical, but going to the islands is still a great experience. The island life is laid back, you can still catch fish and there is always catch and release. Rumor has it that the Bahamians are going to change the fishing rules again and make them a bit more fisherman friendly. Hopefully this will happen soon as islands like Bimini really rely on fisherman coming over from South Florida.
As soon as the wind lies down, Iíll keep you posted as to what is biting.
Capt. Dean Panos