MAHI MAHI are gone once again. I honestly feel no one knows a thing about these fish. I swear. They migrate from the south? They come across the stream? They don’t come across the stream? There are two giant schools of MAHI? This and that, the theories go on and on… The truth is, it’s fishing, and sometimes they are there, and sometimes they are not. We as charter captains are honestly over the MAHI craze. People walk on the boat in full mahi gear and a cooler and ask, “are we filling this cooler with MAHI today?” So many think it’s the only fish in the ocean, or least that it’s the only edible fish in the ocean. I absolutely love when people tell me fresh blackened king from Grills is nasty, or that an AJ or blacktip is gross. If I cooked up barracuda and blackened it, you would love it! Promise that! Please try what’s out there. Did you know a fresh bonita cut up is awesome sushi? We eat it at the docks all the time. I promise you would not know the difference from a Canaveral tuna and a bonita sitting on the same tray.
Anyway, my rant is over.
Fishing this last week was tough. Zero mahi, Zero kings, Zero Cobia. The water is still so cold right now that kings and mahi are not around. We had to resort to Red snapper fishing and bottom fishing for triggers, lanes, grovers, and seabass. I will admit that it’s been awesome here, with big porgies in the mix, too. The reef and 27 have been the most prime areas. Maybe in a few weeks we will see warmer water and start doing better out there.