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SPR 2017

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68 | Successful fishing is often a matter of good timing, as well as finding the right location or conditions. Mahi are more plentiful January to April, whereas the black fin and yellow fin tuna season picks up in April and extends until August. The best marlin season is from August to December, though it's not uncommon to catch these species year-round. With Jamaica's vast variety of underwater landscapes, it attracts a wide diversity of gamefish. The waters around the Cayman Trench sustain a regular one- to two-knot current, which helps aggregate clumps of seaweed into substantial weed lines. Jamaica's heavy seasonal rainfall also erodes riverbanks and washes trees and other debris out to sea. These floating structures then attract baitfish, which becomes forage for bigger fish. With typical flat seas during the summer months, these weed lines grow even larger and attract greater activity with improved fishing for mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, triple tail and rainbow runners. While Jamaica's northern coast is favorable for deep water fishing for mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, and marlin, the Buckner Bank is located just 15 miles from Montego Bay. Here, you'll also find yellowtail, mutton and red tail snapper. In contrast, the southern coast has more shallow water regions, banks and cays that are home to a number of bottom fish, such as snapper and grouper, and inshore fish like jack crevalle, barracuda and even bonefish. Pedro Bank, which follows the south coast, is a large offshore structure where you'll also find yellowtail, mutton and red tail snapper. MOBAY T A C T I C S

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