August Forecast and Update

August 2nd, 2019

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.

A beautiful late July sunrise

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.

Great snapper catch from an early morning reef trip

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.

AN absolute tuna crushing with a tilefish from the bottom out in the deep

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.

A great clear water day for these ladies

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.
Speaking of preparing, I want to point you all to my “Trip Tips” section on my home page. My biggest issues I have with my customers this time of year is lack of preparation. There are a lot of things to consider and prepare for and I have outlined the basics for the minimum of what you should do. I do this every day, so I am prepared. I set everything up for your trip, so the boat is prepared. The quickest way to derail the success of your trip is show up unprepared. Don’t be late. Don’t show up without multiple forms of sun protection. Don’t show up without drinks. Don’t show up unmedicated if anybody in your group has any potential chance of getting seasick. That’s 50% of my customer struggles right there. I could retire if a $100 bill came out of a customer’s mouth before they said “this has never happened before” and proceeded to get seasick. Seriously…only you can fix these issues, so work with me and all is well and we can focus on what we are doing.
I’m going to finish with the lobster report. Like last year, mini season was a little disappointing. Regular season opens August 6th and there is a pile of people here in town to hammer on what didn’t get caught during mini season.

the best result from mini season 2019

Report from today is lots of short sub legal sized lobster. I’m not sure what to say, but offering lobstering as an activity for charter becomes less attractive and more frustrating every year. I can say it a million times, but the reality of what I have to work with does not change. Lack of customer preparation for lobster trips is a nightmare for me. The unrealistic expectations customers come with is stressful. If I want to do something, I put effort and energy into it. I invest in my success for the things I want or that are important to me. If you want to go lobstering, figure out if you meet the minimum requirements. Determine if it is a good fit for your group. Arm yourself with information to reduce the learning curve. Prepare your equipment and yourself for what you are about to do. I will take you to the places they should be. YOU have to catch them. Our success comes in diving as many holes as we can with the amount of time we have to work with. I have a system and if you want to catch as many keeper lobster as possible, get on my system without wasting time. If you are ok with a really expensive snorkeling trip and want to try or dabble with catching a lobster, we can do that. That’s easier, so just make sure I know that and I can dial it down from a 10 to a 2. That is so much easier on me. I want to be on the level you want to be on. The thing about lobstering is it is technique driven and your ability to perform the correct action produces a lobster. Through technique I can make anybody a rock star with a fishing rod because I am there guiding you to do it correctly. For lobstering, you have to perform the action and do it correctly underwater. There is always a learning curve with lobstering. I understand that completely. I expect some people to be bad at it and some not able to do it at all. This is an activity that requires a legitimate full effort by everybody. You have to figure it out and improve and you have to work as a team once you find out who is good at doing various parts of the process.

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.

This is my prop demo lobster I use to show you how to do it. There’s a lot to know, so you better know to improve your experience

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