The Christmas trade winds definitely made their presence known this month! Sustained 15-25kt E/SE winds resulted in unsettled conditions offshore right through the end of the holiday season. The few offshore trips we could squeeze in the small windows of calmer weather were successful however. A strong, early showing of Mahi-Mahi to the south of the island was a welcomed sign for their spring migration in the coming months. Historically, January/February presents the best opportunity to land that coveted 50lb+ Bull Mahi-Mahi. Wahoo and Blackfin Tunas were also hooked live-baiting along the North and South Drop but it was predominantly an early morning bite, giving us a small window of opportunity to get in on the feed. The forecast for the first two weeks of January shows single digit winds and a prolonged break from the rougher weather, fingers crossed we’re settling into the calmer weather period typical in the late winter/spring months.
Due to the rough conditions offshore this month, the majority of our scheduled offshore charters switched gears and focused on the inshore grounds and the decision did not disappoint! The Yellowtail Snapper and Barracuda fishing has been on fire. Pompanos, Jack Crevalles and Kingfish are also consistently chewing. And our biggest Pompano of the season hit the deck just last week. Our friends over at Hook Line and Sinker restaurant have been giving our guests the true island experience, cooking up fresh Yellowtail fillets for lunch or dinner after the day’s charter.
We’re looking forward to what the 2016 season has to offer. Our brand new, twin Yamaha 300hp engines are performing flawlessly and we’re just about to enter peak season in our inshore and offshore fishery in the USVI. We hope if you’re planning a winter or spring getaway to St. Thomas or St. John, get in touch with us for a memorable day on the water with Capt. Alvin! You can keep up with all the inshore and offshore fishing action on our Facebook page where we post the latest pictures and reports from our trips:
God Bless and Happy New Year to all!
Capt. Alvin Turbe