Last Month of Fishing
Capt. Patrick Price
July 9, 2017
Stuart - Saltwater Fishing Report
When the weather has been good, the fishing has been pretty good as well.
Summertime sailfish have been moving North, big Grouper and Amberjack are breaking backs, pesky snapper and Cobia are testing reaction skills, and big blue marlin and yellowfin tuna have testing endurance of our anglers the last 4 weeks.
Tarpon and snook continue to make a strong showing in the inlet and along the beaches. Large numbers of tarpon up to 200 lbs. should have a strong presence off Stuart Florida over the next 6-8 weeks.
Locally, the DayMaker and Alikai have been recording quality catches for our clients over the past 4 weeks. Hundreds of snapper have cleared the rail along with big Amberjack, large Grouper, Cobia and more while bottom fishing offshore of Stuart Florida.
Summertime sailfish are pushing though and we have had multiple days with 1,2,3 and 4 releases and days with as many as 10 bites. Dolphin fishing has been disappointing still but it's been excellent in the keys and the last time this happen 4 years ago fishing got really good locally for mahi in late August and September.
Large numerals of grouper, snapper, Amberjack and almaco jack will be available for the taking over the next couple of months. Sails will continue to push through in waves with some phenomenal fishing to potentially be encountered but it is luck of the draw as there is no driving force to make the sailfish move north unlike the winter when cold fronts force them south.
Tuna fishing remains strong and we have about 6 weeks left in the season. Lots of blue marlin encounters the last 4 weeks on east side tuna charters. We have released multiple fish and our biggest would've been around 450lbs. Tuna have been averaging around 40-50lbs and we have had some decent snapper fishing on overnight trips.
Capt. Patrick Price
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