Offshore Report

Capt. Don McPherson

The hot summer is winding down while the fishing is winding up. Vermillion snapper (beeliners) have been biting well nearshore and offshore. These fish may not bend your rod double but they sure are tasty on the dinner plate. Remember, triggerfish and red snapper must be released. There have been some lane snapper, black snapper and even African pompano caught recently. These are fish you do not see on a regular basis. The trolling bite has been slow much of the summer but we have seen some improvement recently. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bonita and jack crevalle have all been caught trolling nearshore within 20 miles. Spoons behind planers have enticed most of the fish.

The offshore bottom fishing bite has provided some variety. The sharks are still eating many of the hooked fish before they can be retrieved. We are catching vermillion snapper, white snapper, gag grouper, red grouper, scamp grouper, amberjack, almaco jacks and more on offshore bottomfishing trips. A few wahoo have also been caught trolling. We will hopefully see some blue water move in closer. This could certainly give us some better chances at wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna and marlin.

Daytime sword fishing has become more popular and there have been some nice ones caught. Grouper and tilefish are being caught deep dropping offshore. There are still many fish to target in September. Find a charter boat, get out with your own boat or find a buddy. September is here and it is time to catch some fish.

Capt. Don McPherson
Getaway Charters