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The Summer Pattern Continues

Report Date: July 21, 2003

I just read my last fishing report and the fishing action continues in the summer pattern we have been seeing for several weeks?lots of rod bending action from a variety of species.

On a trip a couple of days ago we started the morning by catching bait around the inlet. We moved slightly north to an area that was holding good numbers of nice size King Mackerel. We spent a couple of hour catching Kings and Bonito and decided to move further offshore. No sooner than we had our spread in the water we were hooked up on a nice Amberjack. We caught several AJ?s, bunches of Bonito and several more big Kings. As we continued fishing a Sailfish decided to make an appearance and were lucky enough to catch and release him. The following day we fished the same areas and it was a repeat of the prior days experience except we caught several very large Amberjacks along with a Sailfish, Kings, Bonito, etc.

The summer bite continues to be affected occasionally by some cold water upwellings that have been occurring up and down the east coast. Based on what I am seeing and hearing it appears we have another batch of cold water up on the reef which will make bait difficult to catch and will slow the fishing dramatically. When this condition occurs we go further offshore and look for warmer water and a condition that will hold fish for us. Basically we attempt to fish the warmer water located around the cold water. The good news is as soon as the cold water dissipates the fishing really turns on.

We continue to have great action from the Summer Sailfish. Almost everyday while we are fishing for the species we are targeting we have a few opportunities to catch Sailfish. The last few fish we have caught have been large very active fish that were exciting to see and catch.

Good luck and remember you can?t catch?em at the dock.

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