Pamela caught both the sail and the 25lb blackfin tuna this morning and did a great job on both. Peter had his Knee replaced recently and although it wasn't too rough out there he decided to leave the heavy work to Pamela. Pam was all excited about the fresh tuna and was already telling us about the various ways she planned to prepare it!
Josh and his buddy's were out with us today and Josh caught this 17lb blackfin out of the kite. It was the last fish of the chilly day and a perfect compliment to go with the yellowtail snapper we caught earlier in the day.
The last 2 times Joe was out with us he caught sails so we started out the day trying to make it three for three but it was not to be, we never saw one today. Joe was top dog on the yellowtail and mutton snappers and he limited us out by catching the two muttons late in the day. As always a fun day on the water with CP and his buds. Special shout out to Trish for the mm's and cookies. Thanks Trish.
What a nice day to end this year with Richard, Jen, Ben and Tank. We caught the sail early and then sat down for the yellowtail snapper. Not much current but we managed to catch a dozen and a half before going out deeper to once again bounce the bottom. Caught our last grouper of the year, got schooled by a couple big fish, caught a mutton and a few kings. What a nice way to end the year!
Had a great evening shark fishing with Tom, Beth and their 3 boys. I have never caught a lemon shark in the channel but we caught one tonight, along with a bull shark and 6 or 7 nurses. They were pretty happy with the action this evening and Christian will sleep well tonight!
Very similar to yesterday without the extra time of a full day. We caught our sail out of the kite and a big blackfin tuna, then went out and did a little bottom bouncing. Caught 3 undersized groupers, two legal groupers, porgies, kings and had a big shark on for a while. Dave and his family were going to take their fish to one of the local restaurants and have them cook it up for them. More satisfied costumers!
Dillon caught his first sailfish with us today and made his dad proud. We struggled after catching the sail and around 11:00 I asked Jeremy if he wanted to keep it a 3/4 or make it a full day. He said they weren't quitters and said they would do a full day. I'm glad he did because after that we ended up catching 3 groupers, 3 muttons and had another shot at a sail. Dillon caught a huge barracuda along with other fish, so it all worked out.
Denny just wanted to catch grouper and while I did explain that the grouper we have caught recently have been undersized or just legal, Denny still wanted to try. I'm glad he did as we caught this 20 lb black and two really nice mutton snapper while we were grouper trolling. We started the half day catching yellowtail, caught around a dozen and then went looking for that grouper. Marsha caught the big mutton and Denny caught the grouper. Nice job guys!
Sean caught both sails today while his wife cheered him on. The 1st fish ate while we were still putting out our spread, the 2nd sail took a little longer but we caught that one off the kite. John wanted a few eating fish after the morning sail excitement so we sat down, caught a few yellowtails, and later a grouper, mutton and kingfish. Not a bad morning of fishing!
Ariana helped catch this 25 lb barracuda and she was understandable impressed with those teeth.
What a great time we had with this family today. Alex already knows most of the fish species, Tyler just tried to keep up with his cousin in most fish caught and Ariana was a trooper helping catch the barracuda but not feeling great for part of the trip. Jessica (mom/aunt) even managed to get a turn catching a few yellowtail when she could talk the boys into it. Great family and good memories.
We have had so many perfect fishing days in the last week or so, just need a few more people down here to help us get out and enjoy them. We had Lauren, Jackson and their father Mike on board for a short day of sail and snapper fishing. We had a couple opportunities at sails but didn't connect so we ended up catching some nice yellowtails and a black grouper along with assorted other species.
Fortunately Justine and the wedding party were here a few days before this cold front hit so everyone enjoying the warmth. We stopped, yellowtailed and could have caught as many as we wanted but they were not the big ones so we moved on. The vermillons were very nice and bit well along with jacks, bonitos, margates and one mutton. Fun for all and plenty of fish to feed 10 hungry folks.
Mary Sue and Steve had it all planned out to do a Christmas card with fish they caught today on the KK and a couple of fat yelloweye snapper fit the bill perfectly. We caught a few yellowtail this morning but like yesterday it was ta bunch of vermllion and yelloweye snapper that made the day.
Haven't fish Tony, his son and friends in a couple years and it was good to be fishing with them again on the KK. We tried yellowtailing but the wind was into the current so I went to plan "B" and caught a nice red grouper, missed a few big bites and had a nice fish get eaten by a shark, so it was on to plan "C". Plan "C" worked out well as the big vermillon snapper were biting, along with the yelloweye snapper. We also caught 4 big red snapper but they know the season closed last weekend and are now coming out of hiding. Oh well.
Took Dave's and my wife out fishing today as it was the last day of this weekend that the red snapper were open. Never caught a red but the big yelloweyes were biting as good as I've seen in a while, so caught what we needed and came home. Nice going ladies!!
Anthony brought some of his associates from GAF out on the KK today for an awesome fall mahi bite. There was a current edge around 12 miles and although it was a slow start we soon had 10 fish in the boat and kept picking away at them for most of the day, ended up with over 30 nice size fish. We finished up the day at the hump, catching a few tunas for their mahi and tuna dinner this evening.
Tim and Will from Atlanta Georgia brave the seas today and caught tuna, yellowtail and mackeral on a full day. We looked for the mahi but never found any debris or weed today and lately that seems to be a prerequisite to finding the mahi. The wind did come down as the day progressed and the weather people tell us we should have a nice day tomorrow for fishing.
Caught a dozen mahi today on a current edge that was 12 miles or so off Islamorada and when the mahi bite dried up we hit a few vermilion and yelloweye snapper spots catching close to 20 of them. We have fished some of these guys in past years and always have a good time with them. Their company sends them down for a little r&r and we look forward to their return each year. Thanks Lee!
Shannez's mom and dad came into town a couple days ago so with a beautiful day predicted for Monday John and Shannez decided to take them out for a 3/4 day on the KK. Always a pleasure having them on board and although the yellowtail did not initially want to bite we stayed with it and caught 30 or so. The vermillons bit somewhat also along with a couple rose porgies and a few snowy groupers (released).
The wind dropped off some today and we were able to finally able to get Randy and Joanne out fishing. They have been patiently waiting since Monday for the wind to come down and were rewarded with some pretty good fishing. The yellowtails didn't cooperate in the morning and it was a pick on the tunas at the hump but the vermillion snapper were thick and the yellowtails started biting on the bottom later in the day along with jacks, muttons and a wayward kingfish. Randy and Joanne were super happy with the catch today and plan on fishing with us again when they get back to the keys.