We have been receiving reports of good mahi and wahoo action from the Florida Keys to Cape Hatteras. There have been plenty of blackfin tuna (Florida Keys, Charleston – Georgetown, SC and North Carolina) and yellowfin tuna (eastern side of Gulf Stream from Palm Beach to Jacksonville, FL and western side of Gulf Stream from Cape Fear to Cape Hatteras, NC). A few off Charleston and Georgetown, SC as well. We are getting reports of wahoo from Miami, FL to Cape Hatteras, NC. Blue marlin have been caught offshore of Jacksonville, Charleston and towardsBle the Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras area. These same areas have white marlin as well.
Happy days. Below you can see a south large area image composite/mosaic from earlier this week.
Above: Image created from the satellite imagery from May 1, 2015 to advise you that the ocean conditions, particularly the Gulf Stream is approximately one month ahead of schedule in terms of warming. The core of the Gulf Stream is 81.5°- 82.0°F along the Florida keys, 81.5°F east of Jacksonville, FL and 81.0°F – 80.5°F from the areas east of Charleston to Cape Fear and 79.5°F east of Cape Hatteras. This suggests to us that the fish that you would usually see at the end of May are likely to be offshore now. We have been receiving reports of good mahi and wahoo action from the Florida Keys to Cape Hatteras. There have been plenty of blackfin tuna (Keys, Charleston – Georgetown, SC and North Carolina) and yellowfin tuna (eastern side of Gulf Stream from Palm Beach to Jacksonville, FL and western side of Gulf Stream from Cape Fear to Cape Hatteras). We are getting reports of wahoo from Miami to Cape Hatteras. Blue marlin have been caught offshore of Jacksonville, Charleston and over the Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras area. These same areas have white marlin as well.
As there is an abundance of Bahamas blue marlin water between Eleuthera and Abaco for the last week we anticipate that not only will there be an increase in the marlin action in the Bahamas, but we anticipate that the yellowfin tuna will be moving to the eastern side of the Gulf Stream and hopefully across to the western side of the Gulf Stream for the anglers from north Florida to North Carolina. The yellowfin tuna action will improve as long as that Bahamas blue water continues to flow toward Abaco and to the eastern side of the Gulf Stream. We know that there are yellowfin tuna in the Gulf Stream water as fisherman from New York and New Jersey have already caught yellowfin tuna in the Hudson Canyon and Toms Canyon in some Gulf Stream water. However, unless you are out there fishing for them your chances of catching them are zero.
The reason we are providing this update is to motivate you into fishing as it is likely that the peak of your fishing season will be a month earlier this year. Call this a wake up call if you are not on your summer fishing schedule already. It may be May 01, but the water says June 01. The water just west of the Gulf Stream is at least 74°F from Cape Canaveral to Cape Hatteras. Inshore of that the water is 70°F and warmer.
We are open Monday through Saturday now and we are ready to help you find fish. But you have to go offshore to do this!!!!
People are fishing, but we must get the others to get off their chairs at home.
Above: If you do not have spring fever now, you need to see an MD. If your boat is not in the water, you are missing out. Northern US satellite composite SST image from May 4, 2015.
Above: Here is what you missed last weekend in the Gulf of Mexico. From the reports and photos we are getting seems that you missed a great fishing action weekend. Image from May 1, 2015.