I’m going to keep this update a little shorter than normal. We are about half way through slow season and I have been working hard at updating and upgrading the boat when I’m not fishing. Everything is pretty good now for nearly any activity you are looking to do. Not the best, not the worst, somewhere right in the middle depending on conditions for the day. It is still hot here, so for fishing, it is all about early and late. We are heading into Fall, but the water is still really warm and the best fishing is during the lower light periods or if we catch a break and get a cloudy day. The reef bite is pretty good for yellowtail and mangrove snapper and the mangrove snapper are moving back to the bay side of the islands making a presence on the lobster holes and wrecks. Further offshore, the tuna fishing is really good…if you can get them past the sharks! We have no problem hooking them, but the landing ratio can be low, sometimes down to about 50%. Not all bad considering how many chances you get, but it is nothing short of a race to get your fish into the boat! Dolphin fishing continues to be spotty at best and there is always a chance of coming across a pack of them, but it is about getting lucky and being in the right place at the right time!
Lobstering is still on the list of activities and there is still some areas of concern here for my future trips. I know you are paying a lot of money to do this and you want to walk away with as many lobster as humanly possible. It is my job, I understand every element of this, I fully understand every element of this. The lobster fishery here is changing and I have been evolving my operation to keep my customers on a good day of catching. My normal spots have been spotty and slow. That has been the trend since season opened this year.
My new areas have been good, but are highly subject to tidal conditions. They are micro patterns that are a little more challenging than my open water spots. Save me the agony of a 30 minute phone call of you asking me 30 times 30 different ways of how many lobster you are going to catch on your trip. I don’t know. I’m not in control of that. I have plenty of spots for you to dive. The lobster move every night to a new spot. The more spots we hit on your trip, the better our catch will be. My biggest issue is many of my customers do not meet the basic entry level skill requirements I post on my lobster info page. It doesn’t matter if there are any lobster on the spot you’re diving if you don’t have the ability to dive to them and catch them. I strongly encourage you, as the customer and your active participants, to make sure you are prepared to do what I need you to do. “I can see them” doesn’t catch you a lobster! Never has a customer described this as being”easy.” Lobstering should remain good to the beginning of November and then it is pretty much done.
In summary, now is a great time to get in on most everything you are interested in. I will be rested, the boat will be shined up and the crowds are long gone. Maybe a little hot, some days breezy or rainy, but nothing beats a great day on the water in the Florida Keys! Thanks to all of my customers that have supported and recommended my business to others. I work my butt off to give you the best day I can provide, in hopes of earning your business back next year. I am beyond grateful to be me doing what I do. This is my passion and I enjoy bringing my local knowledge and a diversity of activities for you and your family to enjoy. Thank you all, let’s do it again soon!!
Calling after 6pm is always the best way to reach me when my day on the water is done. I will return your voicemail asap.
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