September through October

September 19th, 2016

I’n going to keep this update a little shorter than normal. We are about half way through slow season and I have been doing more play than work. 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 really 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 on the last tuna trip was 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!

the tuna that made it past the sharks!

the tuna that made it past the sharks!

a BIG 24" mangrove snapper speared by a customer

a BIG 24″ mangrove snapper speared by a customer

In the water activities are still a great option! Snorkeling and spearfishing on the ocean side are a good choice to beat the heat. The water clarity if good, fair and great depending on the tide. You just never know day to day, but 30ft has been about the average. The moon jellyfish are here more on than off and wearing a long sleeve guard this time of year is the way to go! Some days and tides are better than others, so being prepared is going to keep you protected from bumping into them. Spearfishing has been pretty good. There is no concentration of fish to rely on, but moving around frequently and making the most of presented opportunities is key to being successful. As we roll into October, we will see the beginnings of fish migrations ahead of the first cold fronts of the year, so things should be improving from this point forward. Just a reminder, mermaid tails are an option to ADD ON to your in the water activities. I now have 8 tails to fit nearly all sizes and am working this into my charter offerings. This is a conditional activity, so it is hard to say what we can do because it depends on the weather and the conditions that we will be operating in. The goal is to turn you into mermaids and get a photo or video shoot of you in action to make a fun memory. Please call me to discuss if you have any specific questions or want to set up a custom trip. I expect this to grow in popularity and look for new mermaid videos coming or check back on my photo gallery on my Facebook page to see what we have done so far. The photo shoots to this point have been great!!!
Be a mermaid!!

Be a mermaid!!

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 lobstering as of 9/19/2016 is still spotty and slow. That has been the trend since season opened this year. 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 80% of my customers this year have not met the basic entry level skill requirements I post on my lobster info page. So, if 80% of my customers can’t hold their breath for 30 seconds and dive to the bottom to perform the catching of the lobster, does it matter if there are any lobster there? The correct answer is for 80% of my customers this year, no. Right? So, 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! So….lobstering should be improving as the water cools going all the way into November. In summary, lobstering is slow. That could change tomorrow. I’ll take you to the spots, you do your part, work quickly so we can hit a pile of spots….and we have a good chance of having a decent day. That’s my answer on lobstering.
Thanks to all of my customers the past few months! It is a joy to do what I do and show you the reason we all live here. Things are good here and I’m ready to give you the bast day on the water possible. If you need any further assistance, give me a call, leave a message and I will be happy to fine tune a trip for your group.
(305) 481-0589
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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