Hey y'all. It's the last week of September and the nearshore bite has really fired up. Northerly breezes and cooling temperatures at night have the baitfish on the move. And when the baitfish are on the move, so are the predators......
Bluefish, Houndfish, Spanish Mackerel and last but not least, the False Albacore have all started stuffing themselves on Mullet, Bay Anchovies and Snot Bait.
And although a lot of the bait they are feeding on is pretty small, the fish themselves are not. We've seen some really nice Spanish Mackerel and Albies in the mix.
And the sheer numbers of fish this week have been unbelievable. I'm seeing as many Albies as I usually see in late October.
A lot of them are feeding on snot bait which makes them extremely picky on fly or spin, but we are picking them off here and there. If you can find them on Anchovies, it's a different story, and they will very readily take a fly or jig.
This guy was pretty excited to eat that one chartreuse Anchovy swimming through the school. I think he regretted it afterwards.
A few dozen hungry Albies will make short work of a baitball. When are they hungry, you ask? 24/7
As long as we don't get any major storms, I think the fishing will continue to improve week by week over the next two months. That being said, it's pretty dang good right now. I usually tell people to come fish Albies starting in mid-October, but I wouldn't hesitate to go after them right now.
Blessed to spend my days with happy anglers and angry fish.
I have a couple days open next week and then I'm pretty much booked solid for October. Give me a shout if you want to try to squeeze in a trip in the coming month. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported my business this first year as a full time guide...I am very grateful for you all!