Tracy was our hero today as we kept our streak going catching one sailfish each of the last three days. We had another short day so when we hooked up and caught that sail early it took some of the pressure off the captain. Steve, Kate, Pat and Tracy are from Minnesota, down here for a wedding and they booked us off the dock there at whale harbor. Had a good time with them and hope to see them again sometime.
Chris called me last night about eight and wanted to know if we would take him and his new wife fishing. After answering Chris's questions and changing our start time a couple hours he said he had to make sure it was OK with his wife to go, now this is usually the kiss of death for a charter and I didn't expect to hear back from him with a positive answer. I was wrong, Shelby said let's go and a few hours later Chris was holding his first sailfish. Along with catching the sail Chris caught a nice mutton snapper that I filleted and they were going to take to a local restaurant for dinner. Nice going Chris and Shelby see you again soon!!
Brook caught her first sailfish today on the KK. Bait was difficult at the spots we have done so well at the last few weeks so I went to a spot I hadn't been to in a while and up they came. Saw a couple fish in the second bait shower we went to after getting rejected by a sail on the first shower. We were able to hook up one fish out of the two and Brook did a great job getting the fish to the boat after a 20 minute fight.
Chris caught his first sail this morning and his dad couldn't be prouder. We saw a few more fish that raised up but never got the baits and more in bait showers that didn't eat so it was an exciting morning. Did a little yellowtailing toward the end of our short day and caught enough for dinner for the guys. Nice to see that number of sailfish in a short period of time and I think this next cold front will make it even better
Fifty-two years of marriage and Andrea wanted to give her husband Rick a fishing trip for his 72nd birthday. The weather didn't cooperate as much as we hoped so Andrea had to do the heavy lifting (catch all the fish) because Rick's legs were not strong enough for the rough seas but Rick gave plenty of moral support to his wife. Andrea caught a couple nice mutton snappers on an inside patch along with some cero mackerel, we then moved a little deeper where the yellowtail snapper and jacks bit well. As the wind continued to build Rick and Andrea decided they had enough fish and we headed in. Looking forward to fishing with them again on a nicer weather day.
Still a little rocky out there but the current was with the wind today and it was much better then it could have been. Rob, Rob and Gianna toughed it out and we were busy most of the day with kings, yellowtails, bonitos. jacks and some undersized cobia. Tomorrow the weathermen promise us light winds and we are all looking forward to a day we don't have to hang on.
We struggled to find fish for a good part of the morning but the conditions changed and I found a spot where the yellowtails were hungry. We caught almost all of the snapper in an couple hours, fighting off a shark that was trying to eat every one but conditions were good and we got most of them by him. We had a great time with Tom and his team and I'm sure we will be seeing them again in the future. Thanks Folks!
Ryan called me this afternoon for an evening shark trip and while we had to hustle a bit to get bait and other stuff lined up we were able to get everything together in time for the 3:30 departure. Caught a bunch of the bottom dwelling type sharks early but right around dark the real toothy ones showed up. This 6 ft blacktip was the last shark that we caught tonight and he gave Ryan quite a ride, almost getting thru the bridge and getting around some of the buoys that mark the channel. A lot different than the walleye and pike Ryan is used to catching!
We only had a half day scheduled with Mike and the guys and it was looking like we were not going to get a shot at a sail today as the clock approached time over. Dave threw a few freebies out and suddenly we had sailfish in the spread. One sail ate two baits and so two of the guys got to claim catches, the other sail faded off but we did catch the first one and it was happy time!
Once again we were able to keep our folks busy even though the general consensus throughout the fleet was of a fairly slow day. The kings bit once again along with some cero mackerels, caught some yellowtails, another mahi (like yesterday's) and a number of undersized cobia. We fish this group again on Monday but just for a half day as they have a plane to catch that afternoon.
We kept Gretchen and Jeff busy again today, catching our limit of kingfish, yellowtail snapper and a nice fall dorado. Never saw a sailfish but the water is still off color out to 175 ft and the sailfishing will get better as the water cleans up. Jeff and Gretchen plan on bring their kids down next year to do it all over again. It's great to be out fishing again on a beautiful fall day!
After what seems like weeks of bad weather we are finally getting a break and my first trip back was an evening trip with Jeff and Gretchen. We caught a bunch of sharks to start but also got smoked by a couple big ones so we put out the big stuff and caught two decent lemon sharks before it was time to go. Gretchen and Jeff are out with us tomorrow looking for a sail and some eating fish.
Looks like all the boats weathered storm Eta just fine although I was second guessing myself yesterday and last night when some of those 60 mile an hour gust rolled through. Checked on the boat around 1 am and everything was riding nicely. Now we just need this wind to go away so we can get back out there and go fishing.
We struggled a little today as did most of the boats that were looking for meat fish. Quite a few sails were caught in the morning but our gang was not particularly interested in fish you can't eat so we concentrated our efforts in food fish. Caught a tuna, 6 kingfish and a snapper, missed a bunch of fish that we had close to the boat and the sharks also hurt us today. Heather, our lone female onboard was a big help, keeping Dave and I on our toes and was also the best angler of the group. Looking forward to fishing a longer day next time we fish these folks so we will have a few more hours to put more fish up for them.
One went over 30 lbs and the other tunas were not much smaller 0f the 4 we caught this afternoon in 200 ft of water. Jason and Rob had a really good day going with flag yellowtails, king and cero mackerels and assorted other fish even before I decided to move off the reef and found the big tunas. The sharks got the tail of one tuna but left us most of the meat and we pulled the hook on one other tuna but that was it for negative stuff on the day. Looking forward to another nice weather day tomorrow and hoping I can get Sunday booked as that looks like the last good weather day till the end of next week. Rob is planning his next trip in January hoping to catch a sailfish as Jason did yesterday.
Bob caught this 15 lb mutton with us today and he and his buds also caught vermillon, yellowtail, smaller mutton, almaco, aj etc. to keep them busy for their 3/4 day. The wind is finally coming down and tomorrow looks fabulous . It's about time!
Ian didn't go today but his father Mike did, Ian just got to pose with one of the tunas Mike caught. It was windy again today and Ethan decided to leave it all up to his dad and even his dad decided we didn't need to go off shore as it was rough enough for him on the reef. Mike is coming back in December and bringing his wife, from what I hear we may be doing on evening trip in the channel where no one gets motion sickness.
I lost the second half of the day charter today because heavy rain was predicted by the weather people, we never saw a drop. I don't understand how they can be so wrong so much of the time. O well enough of that, we had Ian on board today and his dad should have been with him but dad couldn't find his wallet so he stayed behind to track it down. The tails bit fairly well with just a minor shark problem, and Dave got the cero mackerels chummed catching a few of those along with the usual assortment of bonitos and jacks. Ian and his dad (found his wallet) will be on board tomorrow for a little longer day.
First day back on the water with a nice family from Florida, still a little bouncy but it was a half day so everyone survived OK. Caught some nice yellowtail snapper, bonitas, jaccks and rainbow runners and kept those that wanted to be, busy. plenty for dinner and we will see them again next year.
Took 10 days off to visit family in Vegas and see the "big" five national parks in Utah along with the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. Great trip and we never saw a drop of rain. We are now back to work and although today and tomorrow rain is predicted the rest of the week looks great. It feels good to get away but it also feels great to get home again.
Unfortunately the wind didn't start backing down until it was too late for Logan and his sister, the kind thing to do was get him and his sister back to firm ground which we did. They had stuck with it long enough to catch a bunch of yellowtail snapper and a few of these yellow jacks but they finally said enough They plan to come back but only when the wind is quite a bit less. See you guys then!
I heard that expression a number of time today (sporty) as we headed out into the teeth of it. This morning I had given Nicole and Will the option of not going due to the wind but they did not want to back out so off we went. Caught a schoolie mahi on the way out and caught some tunas at the hump but only a couple were decent size. Yesterday the reports had been of mahi out beyond the hump so I tried that first but I started hearing about fish back in 400 ft and didn't see anything to make me want to go deeperand the waves were only getting bigger so we turned around and headed back to the shallow water. Found our first school around hump depth, another decent school in 400 ft and our limit fishes in 300 ft. Will and Nicole did an admirable job keeping lines untangled in some pretty extreme conditions. I complimented Nicole when we got back on her strong stomach and she did admit to not feeling 100% but she certainly hung better then most people would have.
Tough group today as the wind was still cranking and the current was strong as we headed off shore on a half day. Hoping to find a few mahi in the deep water but ending up on the hump catching a few smaller tunas and with no good mahi reports we went back to the reef. Decided to try a wreak where the yellow jacks had been biting a few days ago and fortunately still were, as we caught a dozen before having to head in toward the marina.
The tunas were biting but so were the sharks and we even put Dave on a rod to see if he could beat them, but to no avail. They are just too aggressive and fast to get the bigger tunas up before they got eaten. The kings bit for a little while till the current came up and the yellowtail and yellowjacks were biting at the wrecks so did that towards the end of the day. It was Jim's honeymoon and he invited his buddy Steve to come along to go fishing with him, leaving his new wife Sharon to enjoy the pool. Guess you can make your own guidelines when you get married at 60 years of age. Whatever works, right!