I want to start out by thanking my customers for an incredible July for the record books. I had 27 very successful trips and the weather and conditions were pretty good nearly every day. We’re rolling into August now and we are pretty much on track for what we typically see this time of year.Things slow down a little mid month and kids go back to school soon and we catch our breath. Fishing takes a little dip in action because the heat of summer really sets in and I limit my REEF fishing trips to just morning trips. JUST MORNING 4 HOUR REEF TRIPS-NO 1-5PM REEF TRIPS. Our water temps are in the mid to high 80’s and the fish just don’t eat well past 10am. If you are reading this, do NOT book a 1-5pm reef trip. You can, but it’s not going to be anything like a morning trip and you are going to catch more intense sunshine than keeper size fish. Fishing on the reef remains fair to good for mangrove and yellowtail snapper. My start time is 7am to keep ahead of the heat and capitalize on the early morning bite.
Offshore fishing for Blackfin Tuna has been excellent. The dolphin have been super elusive the past week unless you come across a piece of debris with fish on it.The current offshore has been extremely strong making electric deep dropping challenging. The fish have less time to eat the bait and we have less hook ups when the tide is strong. That is kinda uncommon for this time of year, so it may change any day now. That’s how offshore conditions are…always changing. Please make sure an offshore trip is the right fit for your group. We are typically +25 miles offshore for the majority of the trip. My last group seemed irritated that they didn’t have cell service. An offshore trip was not the best fit for them. We are going 60-80 miles round trip, so it isn’t a little beginner trip.
In the water activities are a great choice to beat the heat and can be done at any time. We have had good water quality compared to other years. We went through July with plenty of 30-50 feet of visibility days. In August we typically see more algae blooms and the visibility is more in the 20-30ft range.I have noticed the arrival of the first waves of Moon Jellyfish moving across the reef and their numbers will increase and fluctuate through the remainder of the year. I highly recommend a long sleeve rash guard and a neck “buff” to help keep the sun and the stinging critters off of your skin for any in the water trip. Most encounters with moon jellyfish produce a mild to respectful sting, but if you bump them wrong and panic like you are in a karate fight with bee, you will earn a story about the time you lost a fight with a jellyfish that will be told for days, weeks and months. It’s generally not an issue, but certainly worth mentioning so you can prepare.
Almost anybody can go lobstering, but this is not for everybody. I put a lot of pressure on myself to produce the best catch or result for each and every trip I offer. It is nothing short of horrible for me to watch my customers struggle, fail, quit, beat themselves or just do it completely wrong for 4 hours. I try so hard to prevent this and it is becoming more common. I am the coach, the water is the playing field and you are my team. If you are not good at accepting reality and meeting a challenging physical activity of problem solving with multiple variables, please disqualify yourself. This is not a store bought activity like going to a movie. This is hunting animals that fight for their lives underwater in holes in the bottom of the ocean that don’t care about your feelings or how much you paid to do this. Just a whole lot of reality happening and you have to beat that and not beat yourself. That’s lobstering.
I have used many descriptive sentences to avoid using specific words to highlight my current issues with lobster trips. I love lobstering. You get to see a ton of cool stuff in the course of a trip. You cover a lot of water. It is a ton of work and I usually do pretty well by myself or with friends. I want that for you. I want to have fun on your trip with you. I don’t want to not offer these trips in the future because many of my previous groups were all struggle and zero fun. I’m in the fun business. Please communicate with me thoroughly so we can find the appropriate trip to fit your group. I am very motivated to politely decline trips that I feel are not a good match for this activity. I’m getting better at it all the time.
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