The first day we went out it seemed like I couldn’t miss. I shot 3 groupers, the largest being around 15#. I also shot a bunch of large bar jacks, not the biggest fish but a blast to shoot. Andy and Brian both seemed to have an off day but still pulled some fish. We moved around a bit but found most fish inside the reef. The bar is a ghost town, nothing on it.
The next day with Chris joining us we ran further west out to Coal Bin rock and to tell the the truth it wasn’t worth the gas. The big ledges and rocks out there held nothing. Jewfish rock didn’t even have any jacks or anything on it. Checking my records from last year, the conditions were similar out there on the reef line. At the end of last October and the beginning of November last year, I saw a similar situation. No matter how far you ran west the reef line was just not holding the fish. All the fish seem to be inside the reef line on the patchier more live bottom. Some people like to always dive the patches because they always hold fish (although sometimes, just small ones), but (at least in my opinion) sometimes the big structures on the edge of the drop off holds sometimes bigger grouper and big jacks, and right now it is definitely NOT that time. Brian got the best fish that day with a large 18# yellow jack and 15# back grouper.
We went out to check a couple of the wahoo spots but the dirty water and west bound current made me think they would not be there. Every time I have seen wahoo it’s been in good vis with an east bound current. I don’t really know if there is an exact science to that but I will ask around.
We had ok luck chumming on a shallow patch reef. Got a few fish but watching the nurse sharks and short grouper go nuts over pieces of cero mackerel was really fun. I shot some pics and video but nothing that amazing came in. Vis ranged from a hazy 50 feet on the bar to about 25 on the patch reefs.
Catherine , Andy, Chris and I also did a half day inshore, which turned out to be really fun. The wind was blowing over 20 knots but we dove the shallow inshore reefs so it was ok. The stuff we dove was around 10-20 feet deep and had a wide array of coral and small fish. We shot some hogfish and a few snapper, we also caught some lobster. I actually saw a couple 10# cuberas or mangroves up in the shallows but they were very wary of people and I was unable to get one of them. Catherine had a ball photographing coral and sea cucumbers. We saw a small shark and about a million tropical fish.