The water has cooled and fish are everywhere. The couple times I have been out we shot our limit of black grouper, sometimes our limit of reds as well. All the grouper have been less than 20#, so nothing that special. The water has cooled to the low 70s and all my old spots are covered with fish. Big rocks that had nothing in the summer, have schools of yellow jacks, yellow tails, and black grouper on them now. It has been very interesting to me paying attention to the fish and bait movements due to temperature changes. The wind and vis have been the biggest obstacles to getting fish, because it seems like every rock on the reef has fish on it.
I saw the biggest kingfish ever the other day. I had just jumped in and my gun was not even loaded. The thing looked like a log in the water, like it had reached a certain length and just started growing thicker. Nurse sharks are clumping up all over reef, perhaps it is mating time for them. Also turtles seem very inquisitive, possibly mating time for them as well.
During the recent cold snap, I switched to diving in the 5mm farmer johns under my 3mm top. So much warmer but such a pain in the ass to dive in. Wearing all that weight takes some getting used to. I don’t really feel comfortable diving past 50 feet because the wetsuit compresses so much that I start sinking like a stone. I also feel like I am spooking fish more. It seems like I splash more diving even though I think I am weighted properly. On the plus side I dive right in on that inshore 68 degree water and feel great. Once the air warms up a bit I am going to switch back to the 3mm pants.