The blue water is basically on the beach, with a bit of a cooling trend developing. Inshore is about 82°, with the water beyond the 100 fathom line (about 6 miles) only a degree or so warmer. Historically, this is normal for this time of the year.
The offshore action is still averaging about 2 to 3 hooked sailfish a day, with at least 4 to 5 raised to the spread. Dorado, quite abundant last week, kind of went into hiding. There are still a few dorado around, but it is a situation of being in the right place at the right time.
Exactly like last week, the inshore is still slow for roosterfish, with the most action coming from black skipjack, jack crevalle, and sierras. But, the very clear inshore water has made things tough for the pangas fishing on the back side of the waves. They have had to move a few hundred yards off the beach for their action.
One captain, Noe on the panga Porpy, still amazes me every now and then. He digs into his lifetime of experiences and ends up getting fish for his clients…and good fish they are. This last week he scored on dorado, sierras, jack crevalle, pampano, and even a wahoo. Most bait guys use a cast net with a large mesh, which basically trap the bait by the gills, and promptly kills the fish. Noe has a cast net with a fine mesh, allowing him to get sardines and anchovetas, and keep them alive. Using light line, he has been very effective using the smaller baits.
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)