Where to start? It has been close to about a month since our last report but it certainly wasnít due to not fishing. The offshore fishing has been very good, but we did deal with something unusual this August, and that is rougher weather than we are use to during this time of the year. The weather in August is usually hotter than you know what and the seas flat calm, with an afternoon Thunderstorm somewhere just about everyday. Well, this August was the exception. More wind, rain, upper lows, lows, it seemed like everything in the meteorological dictionary for the Gulf of Mexico came into play. However, the weather didnít stop us but it did slow us down some. On the days that we could safely get offshore and fish, the fishing was excellent. That is what made it that much harder to not be able to get out for about half of August, because the fish have been plentiful offshore all summer long. Bait is in all the right places and the fish have been at just about every known hole out there. This past week we had Doug Olander who is the editor-in-chief of Sport Fishing Magazine. He brought with him congressman Rob Whittman of Va., Hunter Cole from Pure Fishing, and Mike Nussman who is the President of the American Sportfishing Association. They were a great crew and definitely knew how to fish. I have been knowing Doug for about 12 years now and he is serious when it comes to fishing and getting all the right info. Here is the link to the preview before the article due out in the early part of next year. http://www.sportfishingmag.com/galle...summer-variety The crew mixed it up some going offshore and inshore so there is definitely a lot of variety in the story. The weather wasnít the greatest since the wind decided to blow everyday, but we got offshore one day and had some decent Tuna action and stayed in close the next, to get in on some Cobia fishing and a mixture of other fish. Before and since then we have been steadily fishing offshore and inshore. Offshore has been producing a lot of Yellow fin Tuna. Some days they have been averaging about 30-60lbs. and others 80-100+lbs. So, there is a good mixture of different sized fish offshore right now. That is what you want to see because the result is usually a lot of action and plenty of fish caught at the end of the day. Sometimes the bigger fish can be finicky and a lot more patience is involved. Amberjack is a no brainer, as long as you have the right bait, which is big hard tails, you can catch them on the small hard tails or mullets but it just takes a little longer. We are moving into the best time of the year to Cobia fish out of our area. They are very plentiful and this is when the bigger fish are here. They are usually found in packs of 4-8 so when you hook one, it can lead to double and triple hook-ups. The average size is about 30lbs. but we will have plenty in the 50+lb. range thru October. From here on out the Tuna fishing will remain very consistent. Weather can sometimes get windy during this time of the year, so if it is too rough to get offshore, you do have the option of getting in on some incredible inshore action as well. It will probably start to slow down about mid-November with September and October being prime time. So from now thru mid-November we will be targeting Tuna, Amberjack, Cobia, the very occasional Mahi-Mahi, and more than likely we will get a couple of chances at Bill Fish.
Capt. Damon McKnight
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