This afternoon we went out for a few hours to try and bend the rod on some sharks and tarpon. It was an eventful trip with non stop action. We had three sharks on at one time and a steady bite all evening. We also caught a tarpon that put on an amazing aerial show. At the end of the trip I over heard some of the customers saying their arms were sore from catching . I can't wait to do it again.
Today played out the way we would like every day to go. Andy and Jack fish with us a couple times a year. This time Jen and Tim also joined them. Even though Tim didn't do much fishing, we were able to get a couple Tunas past the sharks for him. After the slow tuna bite, we headed out a little deeper in search of some mahi. We found a lightly scattered weed line in about a thousand feet. There wasn't much life there and I decided to head out further. My mate Mitch pointed out some low flying birds working in an area over a weed patch. These birds were not leaving this area and it looked like it was a sure thing. As we approached, I saw a mahi jump out of the water chasing a flying fish and saw at least twenty more nice fish with it. Mitch executed a perfect cast ,placing a bait in front of the fish and the school grew to be over seventy fish. We caught our limit of forty fish and headed home .
Today was a perfect day for this Father/Daughter team. The wind came down and the sun came out. We were able to catch some tunas this morning on the Islamorada hump. It wasn't easy though. The sharks there are plentiful and hungry. My mate Mitch lowered a whole bonita down and it was eaten before it was twenty feet under the boat. After Lexi fought that shark to the boat , we headed out a little further and found some debris that was loaded with jacks and trigger fish. Sanjo and Lexi managed to catch enough Mahi for several dinners there. We all had an excellent day on the water and will be doing it again in the near future.
As the winds slow down, ours seas are calming down and allows for some enjoyable fishing. Today we stuck to our plan of heading straight out and not stopping for live bait. As soon. as we stopped at the Islamorada hump to catch some Blackfin Tunas the bite was on. So were the sharks! We tried a couple different things there and were only able to get a couple past the sharks. We then continued to head out a little further in hopes of some mahi. We found some debris which had a couple of triple tail and a handful of mahi. We then continued further and caught some more mahi under birds. these fish were hard to keep up with as they were swimming hard to the east. It was a successful day to say the least. I'm looking forward to Waynes next trip on the Kay K.
This afternoon Doug Chartered the Kay K for an afternoon Shark and Tarpon trip for his wife and daughter to bend the rod before going out to dinner. During our three hour expedition they hooked three tarpon ranging from fifty to a hundred pounds. After getting several jumps out of these fish we managed to pull the hook. They are an amazing fish with explosive power and are always a great fight and are hard to land. Aside from that, we were able to catch several sharks and some Jack crevalle. It was a very eventful afternoon, and when we returned to the marina, Doug took his family upstairs to Wahoos for dinner and share there fishing stories.
My first day back since my break and I'm happy to return on the water. The Wooten family were also ready to get out there and reel in some Tunas . We had a great bite going on with a variety of fish. The sharks were active as well. We caught Atlantic Bonita, Skipjack Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, and Mahi. We lost just as many fish to the sharks as we got to the boat. However, that is pretty exciting to see as well. Everybody had fun, even though the conditions were a little rough considering the wind for the past week. This family is taking their tuna to the Shrimp shack where they always do a great job preparing your dinner.
Mike and Nancy have been Fishing with us now for several years. They bring their son and daughter in law out and have also introduced their grandsons into fishing. This is an annual tradition. This time Captain Don came out of retirement to show that he still has it. He ran the boat and I took my old role in the cockpit. This team of Anglers really put it together.
It's been four years since Bev and Paula brought their two sons over from England to enjoy Islamorada. They love to fish, and what a great place to come and do it. The boys have grown and they haven't lost their touch. We even brought Captain Don out of retirement and saw that he still has it. Another beautiful calm day that resulted in great memories over some epic Mahi fishing.
I've known Jason for about ten years now after meeting him and fishing on another boat together. This year, I had the pleasure of meeting his oldest son Riley. Just as it was ten years ago, we had a great time catching the yellowtail snappers and mahi. I do have to say that Riley caught the most fish that day. After talking to him, it sounds like that's what usually happens when he and his Father go fishing.
I'm very fortunate to be able to spend many days on the beautiful ocean with great people. I have to say that David and Patricia are all that. We fished several days together over the last couple of weeks and caught a lot of fish. We have also experienced the slow times as well. One thing for sure, we had a great time no matter how the bite was. That is what is important. I'm going to miss those two, but it won't be long before we are sharing some laughs on the water again.
Manny brought his niece and nephew to Islamorada to catch some fish. We started on the reef yellowtailing and caught our limiting a short period of time. The snapper bite was good with a minor predator problem .We did lose some fish to sharks. However, after yellow tailing we set course for some Mahi. We found a large piece of debris in about six hundred feet of water. that's where we found our mahi. We caught over a dozen fish and released a couple that were undersize. It was a productive day and I can't wait to fish with this family again. they are very good anglers.
When the mahi bite slows, we usually target other species of fish. On this June 14 day we fished the reef and caught our limit of yellowtail snapper. Then we went to a wreck and caught these nice almaco jack and mutton snapper. I have to say , Steve fishes with us every year and brings a couple friends along, and thy wore out the fish, Nice work!
We shared another awesome day with Trish , Dave, Ashley, William and Andrew. They wanted to split the day up so we could try and do some reef fishing also. The Mahi didn't cooperate as well as I would have liked in the morning. We did manage to get a couple. Then the reef was great. We limited out with the Yellowtail snapper. We also had a grouper almost to the boat before a shark ate it. Then caught a few Sharks. There are a few full grown Lemon sharks on the reef now. We all had fun and our friends took some whole Yellowtail to Lazy Days to have them prepare it.
Today we started our course offshore for another epic adventure of mahi fishing. The plan was to end the trip with a little yellowtail snapper fishing. As we all know how plans can change. We got out to the 700 foot area and caught a couple undersized fish , and some bad weather approached us which called for decision making. I spoke with the crew and we decided to avoid the bad weather and fish the reef. The snappers bit very well and we caught our limit. The crew took some of the catch to Bayside Gourmet in Islamorada to be cooked and absolutely loved it.
There are several mahi tournaments going on this weekend. So that means the ocean here has a lotof traffic. Even more so with the calm weather we are experiencing. The GAF crew on board the Kay K worked hard as a team to put this rack of fish together. Its also helpful that the fish are cooperating. Nice work guys ,see you again next year!
We just completed another two day tournament. We fish this group every year and no matter what the fishing is like , we target having a fun time. On Thursday, we spent most of the day searching for mahi and came up short ,only catching a handful of fish. These guys know how fishing can be and are grateful to be in the Keys on the ocean and not at work.
The very next day , same tournament, different group. We stayed a little shallow than the day before and were able to find several mahi under birds. Not so much weed and debris. There are definitely fish out there and I'm hoping it keeps getting better as this full mooniest into its next phase.
This is Captain Dave keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures