Mahi, Mahi, Mahi!
Mahi, Mahi, Mahi! ….that’s all that we have been talking about. That’s what it feels like, but this is just the time of the year for them. We have fished a lot of days this month and it’s been great even though we lost several charters due to the strong winds in the middle of the month. The mahi have been ranging in size from 3-5 lb. “Schoolies” to 30-40 lb. “Slammers”. There have been a lot of them lately, but they haven’t been eating as good because of the amount of flying fish in the water.
They eat the flying fish and aren’t that interested in our bait because they have full bellies. We’ve still been able to catch a few out of each school which is good for both business and the ego. We’ve only had to go 15-20 miles offshore because that’s where the majority of the fish have been hanging out. This is great on fuel!
Besides mahi mahi this is the time of the year when the blackfin tuna bite, but for some reason they have been off this year. We haven’t been catching that many because, it seems that they are just not here yet. Normally this time of the year we are able to catch quite a few on the Humps, and we’ve caught them, but just not a lot of them.
In my opinion, everything has been a little late this year and we expect the tuna to soon come. Just like the cobia did this winter. Usually we see them in January and February, but this year we didn’t see them until late April. Mahi fishing got off to a late start as well. Normally mahi season starts the beginning of May, but this year it just started to get going around the beginning of June. We don’t know why they are taking longer this year, but at least they are still showing up.
Hopefully the mahi fishing stays good, the tuna start biting and we find some mangrove snapper on the reef towards the end of the summer.
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