Pictured here left to right is Max and Ryan Gormley holding a cow and bull dolphin caught a few days back aboard the “Lisa B”. These fish were actually caught while fishing 15 miles offshore for swordfish. While the swordfish bite was relatively slow only yielding one fish which we released other boats were also lucky enough to boat big mahi. When we swordfish we are basically power drifting into the current which gives us a representation of floating debris which mahi love! We always have two rods drifting out the back of the boat for mahi. They simply swim up to the boat because they are curious and at times baitfish assemble underneath the boat in the shadow and shade which becomes the attractant. We will see these big mahi for no more than another month as they migrate past us to the north. The last several years have been quite slow for mahi fishing so we are lucky to get what we get.
Farther near shore the afternoon and morning blackfin tuna bite is now starting to heat up. Fish are getting bigger up to the 20-pound class fish. This fishing will only get better as the meat season here goes on. There were scattered wahoo and sailfish also caught this week, but the weather has changed. We are seeing consistent heavy northeast winds which is going to make it tough for anybody to get out through the end of the weekend. I would suggest fishing inshore in the canals for tarpon and snook. There are several charter boats that do this type of fishing and when the wind is blowing you can still get out. In addition to snook and Tarpon don’t forget about peacock bass and lake fishing as this is a really good time to bend the rod in spots like Lake Ida and Holiday Park.
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