Every year you never really know for sure what the offshore fishing is going to be like and you never know which species of fish is going to be the most abundant. Last year it was tuna, and once again this year it is tuna as well.
The yellowfin tuna are thicker than ever offshore right now. Though they are plentiful, they can sometimes be very tricky and hard to catch. Some days have been better then the next, but there is no doubt your in the right place while your fishing for them if you see them crashing all around the boat. But like I said, they have been tough to catch some days and other days, easier than ever.
There are some mahi mahi mixed in but they arenít here just yet in the numbers we will have in about a week or two, a few wahoo here and there, and plenty of marlin. There seems to be a marlin caught just about every day by someone offshore.
The rip lines are starting to form up real nice, there is a lot of sargassum offshore right now so there are going to be some huge rip/grass lines which should be holding a lot of fish. Around the rigs red snapper are going to win the prize for being the most abundant (no surprise there) and the good thing is that the season opens up this Friday (June 1, and for those that donít know the last day is July 10). There should be a lot of big snapper brought in.
Cobia, mangrove snapper, and grouper are all abundant as well. One thing to mention is that the amount of bait in the passes and moving offshore is just incredible (including menhaden, mullet, and herring), and the amount of flying fish, hardtails, and ballyhoo offshore are the most I have seen this early in the year. My best guess to why the species are so abundant is a very warm winter and a low river for this area. We have been fishing a lot over the past week and have had groups from all over the Southeast, Texas mainly, but all have gone home with their personal best on one species or another. The main target for every group has been tuna so we have had some very good days.
Last Sunday I had the Womack crew from Mississippi and Florida. Their goal was to catch tuna on a popper and although they havenít really been that effective lately, for some reason on Sunday, top water poppers really produced for them. They were good casters and had the energy to persistently throw poppers and it paid off. Joe Womack had his personal-best 80-pounder on a popper and his day was complete, all smiles from then on out. The rest of the crew converted and missed a few but it was non-stop action. Capt. Alex and Capt. Will both had a very productive week and lots of fish were brought in.
Weíve got a few days in June still open so if you want to get out on the water and catch some Red Snapper while they are in season June is the month to do it right now, plus there are a lot of other species to catch as well.
Capt. Damon McKnight
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