May is the month when the yellowtail normally say adios and their larger cousin Sr. AmberJack or Almaco Jacks move in. This is occurring now right on schedule. Fishing these brutes is very similar to the yellowtail but can be a lot larger. On the higher seamounts, there are plenty of Pargo and real nice size Cabrilla to be had.
The water is full of Sargasso grass. We’ve been picking away at the paddies as we find them but so far nobody’s home. As the water warms up a few degrees the Dorado should migrate up and make these paddies their favorite feeding grounds.
The tuna are starting to show. They’re not plentiful, and they don’t stick around long but if you put in the time they are showing up in the same spots. Chunking calamar and bonito seems to be ticket. The fish are nice quality, avg 60lb with a couple tipping the scales at 100lbs. Hopefully, this will continue. Historically if we have a strong tuna season we have a strong Pelagic season, all species. We have boats targeting tuna Wednesday so, we’ll see.