Pictured here is the Grant party with a pile of nice mahi-mahi caught offshore on floating debris. Now that the storm has gone by and a little bit of time has passed, this would be the perfect time to search for mahi-mahi here off our coast. Even though the storm hit the west coast of Florida, the gulf stream works as a vacuum and sucks up all the debris and funnels it around the bottom of the state all the way up to where we are. The gulf stream always moves in the northerly direction and everything floats right here offshore. This debris will continue to funnel here for the next several weeks and fishing offshore should be excellent the whole time. The only thing I would suggest is to be sure to look at your weather forecast from NOAA before you plan a trip. We are starting to get into a time when windy sea conditions can be the norm. This weekend is forecast to be a Northeast wind at 15 to 20 kn. The fishing should be excellent but you need to have the right vessel if you are going to take a trip. The best of the fishing this week was 5 to 10 miles off the beach. That does not mean that we cannot experience floating debris inside within 2 to 3 miles, so even if you have a smaller boat, keep an eye out for floating debris and birds.
On another note, the mullet are thick on the beach and in the intercoastal waterway. Now is a great time to fish for snook and tarpon. If you have a smaller boat and feel the need to fish I definitely would stay near shore as the bite has been spectacular.
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- RJ Boyle