Tried a lot of spots with minimal results today. Missed quite a few bites which was frustrating but still ended up with plenty for dinner. It was cold enough today that even our folks from Minnesota were bundled up.
Had a day like this in December and had another today. It was nasty rough with around 20 knots of wind from the east. We found a weed line in 450 ft and picked off close to 20 mahi in a couple hours. We also caught a couple cero and one king mackerel before we left the reef. Antony, Wendy, Lolita and Mary way to hang in there with those big waves. Lisa stuck it out but she won't be eating any fried chicken again anytime soon.
We haven't caught a whole lot sails this season probably because it hasn't been a great sailfish season and I'd rather be catching other fish then waiting all day to catch 1 or 2 sails but we did catch one today. The IFC sailfish tournament was today and only 5 fish had been caught by 1 o'clock when we caught ours. Guess he was looking for a cigar minnow on wire with a treble hook through his nose instead of a goggle eye on mono hanging from a kite. Also caught mutton, yellowtail, grey and lane snapper along with a couple kings. Great fun and good times.
The jersey boys head back to Jersey tomorrow with plenty of frozen and fresh fish fillets. Everyone agreed it was a great trip, the weather was fantastic and the fishing was good. The only downside was that the young guys pulled ahead in total fish caught while the old guys were taking their afternoon naps. This caused a discussion between the old guys as to who was supposed to stay awake to keep this from happening. They decided a rule change would be in order for next year. See you all next year Pat, CP,Eddie and Dick.
The Jersey Boys decided to do a half day today. Anticipating they would need a little extra sleep this morning after watching football yesterday, they scheduled an 11 o'clock departure. There's a little competition this goes on every year between the 2 older guys and the 2 younger guys. This year it's been pretty much a sweep by the old guys. Pat's been pretty much carrying the old guys team but Eddie has had his moments. Nice job today guys the tails deep water fish.
Young Justin had a great day with his parents today. Justin has fished with us before on an evening trip and when he gets a little bigger he is going to be a good fishermen. He was winding in yellowtail and knows only to wind on the way down. We introduced him to the electric reels had he caught 2 snowy groupers on his first try. Way to go Justin we'll see you and your mom and dad during mahi season.
Green water and a southwest current did make for a lot of muttons today. We started out strong but the green water moved over the area and the bite stopped. Caught a few other quality fish but these 2 muttons were the stand outs. The Jersey boys are taking the day off tomorrow but will be back at it on Monday.
Well the Jersey boys got a little liquored up last night and as a result weren't moving very quickly this morning. Pat was fine but the other 3 had to take a few naps throughout the day trying to recover. They finally decided that the only solution was to start drinking again. Yellow tailing was good and we caught over 30. Pat of course was the star catching the majority of the fish. We looked for a wahoo or sail after tailing with no results. Tomorrow they do it all over again.
Dickie, CP, Pat and Eddie are back for their annual fishing get away. Fish, fun, and beer ( not nessasarly in that order ) make for a good time. Four days to go and they started out strong.They actually arriving EARLY for the charter this morning. Welcome back guys!
My clients today fished with us on Monday. Glad they gave me a second chance cause Monday was tough. The 3 shown are part of a family that owns and works at an ice cream shop in Philadelphia. None of these guys eat fish so don't expect fish flavored ice cream on the their menu.
The weather wasn't quite as nice as yesterday's. It reminded me of a day up north with the fog and wind, low clouds and temperature. The weather conditions didn't bother Joe and Angie any although we did have to find some additional clothing for Angie. The fishing was grood with another great catch of yellow eyes, porgies, kingfish and mutton. I hope I have enough open days this summer to fish all the folks who say they are coming back during mahi season.
Yelloweye crush sounds like a soft drink but today it was a whole lot of beautiful snapper. We baptized my new deep drop reels for the 1st time and it was the perfect day to do so. Our small folks Alex and Kate could work these reels with no problems and Dad was having a great time as well. . Tyler and his family are eating some of their fish tonight but most of it they're taking back to New Mexico on Sunday. Another family planning a return trip on the Kay K IV.
Another great half with a 20 lb king and a bunch of smaller ones. We also caught a big jack and a few vermillion snapper. Our guys from England really wanted to catch a shark so, just for them the last fish of the day was an Atlantic sharpnose shark. They are already planning 2 more trips in the next week.
Folks from PA on the morning half and the tails didn't want to play very well so we switched gears and went a little deeper. We went from a slow bite of tails to game on. Tony could not keep 4 rods in the water due to tuna, kings and bonitas biting almost non stop. We ended up with 5 bonitas, 1 15 lb blackfin and our limit of kings (up to 25 lbs). Nice job by sons Aiden and Langston. Sherise has now decided she loves deep sea fishing and Blaine won't be going fishing with out her again.
Bill and his brother Cody fished with us today. Bill is finishing up his degree at U of M and brought his brother from Maine along. As you can see we caught 20 nice big tails but the biggest (a huge tail ) got eaten by a shark. The shark ate a few others the big one was the one that really hurt.
Pictured is Steve and his son Zack with a large king mackerel. Steve told me he had never caught one and today he caught a bragging size king. Estimated weight was 28 lbs. Nice job on that fish Steve in really rough seas. We caught a few other kings and 4 mutton (the sharks got one again ) in very heavy seas. Steve and Zack are coming back in the summer when the mahi are here and the winds are lighter.
There was a great turnout for the blessing of the fleet this morning with over 50 boats participating in the annual event. After the blessing we dropped off the passengers that weren't part of our charter and headed out. Cole and Chase caught on quickly to fishing for yellowtail and after catching enough of them we went a little bit deeper an caught 5 muttons. A pretty good afternoon half.
Started out with the kingfish today and caught a half dozen of them From there we tried yellowtailing and caught some but the filefish and other junk fish were so bad it was very difficult to get to the tails. An hour or so before our time ran out, I went back to the depth we caught the muttons in yesterday and caught 4 keepers ,including this double header on one rig!!!