Greetings from beautiful St. Thomas! We’ve had a great finish to the 2016 summer season here in the U.S. Virgin Islands with some fantastic trips to report on. September is our shortest month of the fishing season as we take our 37′ Calypso, Emanuel, out of the water for its annual maintenance period. We will be out of the water and unavailable for charters starting on September 12th and re-opening for trips on October 7th. Brand new upholstery, updated Garmin electronics and fresh wax on the hull are just a few of the jobs on our list over the next few weeks, but enough about the to-do list, lets get to the fishing!
We finished off the 2016 summer season on a high note, with a number of our late season offshore charters finding Blue Marlin and Blackfin Tunas up along the North Drop in the afternoon hours. The August full moon and the September first quarter moon did not disappoint! Mahi-Mahi were also in the mix but they tended to be on the smaller side, mostly in the 10-15lb range. A couple of early season Wahoo found the box on our most recent offshore trips as well, but Wahoo season doesn’t really kick into high gear until mid-October. When the Wahoo bite is on along the South Drop, it can be one of the most exciting bites we experience all year. Inshore fishing reaches its slowest point in the latter half of August and into September, mostly due to the presence of bait being mostly offshore this time of year. Tarpon and Kingfish were the primary species we found chewing in August and this will often be the case into October when we get back on the water. Historically the Yellowtail Snapper bite and Pompano bite is best through the early fall into the winter so we’ll be targeting specific reefs for them as well.
If you’re planning a fall or winter getaway to St. Thomas or St. John we hope you’ll reach out to us for a day of sport fishing aboard Emanuel! Tight lines!
Capt. Alvin Turbe