Papa's Pilar Fishing Report (02/19/21)


RJ Boyle, Lighthouse Point

Finally! What a treat it was this week to finally catch a few nice Mahi-Mahi! Pictured here is our fish box with some quality dolphin from earlier this week. We captured up to a dozen fish on most charters and we never had to go more than a mile out. 

Most of the fish you see were caught on daisychains and bonito strips trolled at 8 knots. We also caught spanish mackerel and a decent wahoo. 

We have had reports of some nice kingfish catches to our north this week and lots of nice cobia to the south. The fish are moving in! Over the next few weeks we should see all fishing improve. 

The offshore bite for swordfish has slowed a bit as the southeasterly wind has really caused the current to smoke out there with current speeds up to 5 knots. Swordfishing in heavy current is very difficult so I would wait until the south wind subsides a bit to venture out. 

Snappers are still biting! Have a great weekend and make sure to check the weather.

Captain Jimbo Thomas, The Thomas Flyer

We have had a couple of good fishing days and a couple slow this week. When we can find blue water and north current the fishing has been good for sailfish.

Fishing live baits under the kite in 100-180 ft. it has been the most consistent south of Fowey light to triumph reef but anywhere you can find current and blue water the fishing should be good especially with the north east wind that is forecast for Saturday.

Tight Lines

Captain Ray Rosher, Miss Britt

We are getting ready to fish tomorrow morning in the Sailfish challenge. The tournament is Friday and Saturday. We fish in a boundary from just north of Jupiter Inlet to triumph reef. There are about 60 boats in the tournament.There have been some sailfish caught up and down the coast over the past few days The most I heard of today was a boat having five sailfish bites. There were also some tunas in the area the last few days we have caught a few blackfins. My buddy caught a 120 pound yellowfin off of Boynton yesterday and Captain Zig on the weez in the keys with Scott Robbins fought a yellowfin tuna today over 100 lbs and had it close to the boat before the leader broke. There have also been a few mahi and nice size king fish around. Most of the sailfish been in the usual depths between 100 to 150 feet of water. North current has been the norm. Not a lot of Bluewater but decent current. Bottom fishing has been a little slow but there have been a few swordfish biting in the Sword grounds.