What's Biting and When
JanuaryEarly January has been consistently a great time to come. It tends to be the month where we catch the largest variety of species. There is an extremely high chance of catching roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, corvina, many types of trevallies, tuna, snapper, snook and much more.
Very similar to January and Febuary when it comes to species we catch. However, this is when the larger tunas show up. It is not uncommon to see tunas over 100 pounds cruising our waters. This is also one of the best times of year to target snook which are commonly caught over 40 pounds in our waters. The mackerel are also still around.
Billfish season! Tons of sailfish and marlin start showing up around this time every year. We have seen striped, blue and black marlins. Massive schools of yellowfin tuna move in to our waters as well. They are an extremely common catch especially with poppers this time of year. This is also an amazing time to catch roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, many types of trevallies, snapper, sierra mackerel, mahi and much more!
Just like April, this is a great time for billfish. The marlin are still around, but not quite as many as in April. Also, the same massive schools of yellowfin tuna are around. As always, the roosterfish, cubera snapper, trevallies, sierra mackeral, broomtail grouper, African pompano and many types of snapper are very common. Mid May is the official start of rainy season, so you can expect some rain and overcast some of the days which makes for cool weather and protection from the blazing sun.
Humpback whales start to move in and are commonly seen every day. This is during the rainy season so expect occasional showers. Winds are typically low and weather is cooler due to frequent overcast. Many guests prefer this time and welcome the showers as a break from the sun. Without the mid-day blazing sun, the bite stays hot! Fishing is excellent for roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, sierra mackerel, and much more. In addition, yellowfin tuna are still around.
July & August
Humpbacks are here in great numbers as they are here to give birth and raise their young. Rain should be expected every few days but generally the storms do not last long and do not affect the fishing days much. Fishing is excellent as always for roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, sierra mackerel and much more. However, this is the time wahoo and mahi-mahi start moving in. After some rains, the rivers start flowing hard into the ocean pushing out debris like logs, and even whole trees. This debris drifts out and gets caught in current lines which attract mahi in large numbers. Generally, winds are low and seas are calm.
Rainy season starts to rev up in September. Expect at least some afternoon and overnight showers daily, and the temperature is cooler. Marlin and wahoo come inshore this time of year. Roosterfish, snapper, jacks, mackerel and grouper are prevalent inshore. Offshore we look for mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna and marlin.
Wahoo seem to like this time of year and are commonly caught on poppers or trolling cedar plugs or diving lures. Mahi are also prevalent. We will see some rain most every day, but the temperatures remain cooler and overcast skies make for a pleasant day on the boat. Roosterfish and cubera snapper are a likely catch as well as many other snapper species, grouper, yellowtail tuna and sierra mackeral.
The rains will start to subside by early November and the days are sunnier. This is by far the best time to target mahi-mahi. Current lines move close to shore and can be found almost daily. Many times they can be found with trees and logs scattered throughout. This is a magnet for mahi-mahi. We will also see roosterfish and cubera snapper. Corvina and broomtail grouper are a very common catch especially when jigging. Larger groupers seem to like entire Bonitas dropped to the ocean floor.