Created: August 27, 2022, 07:57
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Challenges continue, but for how long?
As weather officials warn, complacency should be avoided as conditions for tropical activity are ideal in the North Atlantic and the island is on the cusp of a month that has seen its fair share over the years.
High pressure, honeyed winds and calm conditions prevail in the near future, making for ideal, if not desirable, boating weather.
Over the past week, media attention has been focused on masses of so-called “coral spawn”.
This coincides with coral spawning, and while it’s a late-August event that often happens with large orange-pink spots lying on the surface of calm South Coast waters, it’s not the whole story.
Since everyone knows that fish spawn or lay eggs, spawning evokes thoughts of eggs. The goldfish is a classic example of this, with many television programs highlighting the fish’s fight to ascend to its origin, only to lay eggs and then die.
In the case of coral, slicks are not actually eggs, but large masses of scaly larvae; basically miniature versions of the living polyps that make up the corals and eventually create the hard coral skeletons that most corals consider.
People tend to forget the living element of coral, preferring to see skeletal remains as white-bleached chunks of rock-like material, often magnificently shaped.
These larvae are actually mobile, although in the context of the ocean they are more planktonic, with little say in where they go, instead traveling at the whim of tides and winds.
At least until a certain period of time passes, the larvae begin to settle. Those lucky enough to encounter a suitable set of conditions begin to form new colonies, eventually becoming new corals.
Unfortunately, as is the case with countless eggs spawned by fish, a small proportion are successful. Thus, the number strategy is that if enough eggs or larvae are produced, a small minority will survive to propagate the species. Nature’s greatest game: the survival of species, not individuals.
Although this phenomenon attracts the attention of many boaters, serious anglers try to catch something even though the conditions are not so favorable for fishing.
Commercial fishermen have realized this, and instead of taking a day’s pay, they concentrate their efforts on assembling crab traps and gear deployment plans.
With only a few days left in the season, this lucrative side of the fishing industry deserves their attention, while more promising developments in more traditional fishing should be looked at.
Those who limited themselves to such pursuits contented themselves with mixed wahoo and tuna. Most wahoo are between 18 and 24 pounds, with yellowfin also being school-sized specimens.
Both numbers have been modest, and although they have faded from popular interest, there is some excitement about billfish.
Calm conditions also have skippers keeping an eye out for any floating debris. The calm conditions common at this time of year often allow such flotsam to gather their following in the form of schools of wahoo and dolphin fish.
Such occasions often allow the enterprising or lucky angler to catch numbers of either or both species and this can lead to a truly successful trip.
Otherwise, taking your time and going the distance in the hope of crossing paths with hungry fish is a difficult task.
The current dark month has kept more casual anglers from fishing canal waters for whitewater, which are often abundant in late summer.
Moonlit nights are preferred, although any concerted effort will pay off as this type of fishing usually ends within the next few weeks.
A number of logistical conditions came together to make 2022 possible Royal Gazette The Wahoo Tournament will not be fishing this year.
This is especially disappointing because this is one of the dwindling number of tournaments that appeal to locals looking for an expensive and highly specialized billfish tournament.
Organizers said it was just a hiatus and the new and improved tournament will return to the calendar next season.
Wahoo will be tournament or no tournament for the next few weeks. A fall run of bigger fish is expected and fingers are crossed that it will coincide with a run of tiny little tunny, aka frigate mackerel. The two events don’t always line up, but when they do, the fishing is spectacular.
The arrival of this preferred bait is not essential to a good wahoo haul, and many will be hoping for a decent harvest of larger fish to provide a winter supply for the deep freezer.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that either or both will occur. Rather, relying on the sequence of seasons and suitable weather conditions are the main conditions that characterize this time of year.
As always, fish and good weather are the main requirements for Tight Lines!!!