I have said it before but some days just work out!
The bait was a little difficult but we caught some runners and after making a move we were able to get enough ballyhoo to go fishing. Half hour into it we hooked the 1st sail, caught him , reset and put the kite out with a couple baits along with our ballyhoo. We had 2 sails come up on the kite baits, hooked one , caught him and with 2 sails already caught decided it was time to get some dinner. I was almost ready to head back to the reef and try the yellowtails when the yelloweye snapper started biting. These guys know what an awesome day they had and said it was well worth the 24 hr ride it took to get here from Connecticut. They will be back!
Different guys today but all part of the same group as yesterday. Both groups had some pretty good fishing but today we started out catching a double header of sailfish in the 1st hour. We caught one off the kite and while we were clearing the other baits another fish came up on the flat line and we hooked that one. Caught them both and decided to go to the hump as I had a report the tunas were biting there. The tunas turned out to be small but we caught enough for their dinner tonight. On the way home I stopped at a spot where the yelloweyes were biting and we caught a half dozen or so of them. Our attempt at yellowtailing when we got back to the reef was a bust as the current was up under the boat, so after a short stay we headed for home.
Looking forward to next year when these guys will be back for another go at it.
Today we had 6 guys for our off shore trip and this evening we had 5 ladies for the evening shark trip. I must say the ladies listen a lot better then the men when it comes to fishing.
Things started slow and i was getting concerned that the green algae water was going to affect the bite tonight but we finally caught the 1st shark and hour into the trip. After that 1st one it was game on with 1 shark after another being hooked up ( pictured are 3 hooked up at the same time) until the ladies finally said they had had enough. Happy and tired we called it a night and headed back to the marina.
Well they missed a year in 2016 but they came back this year and I get the pleasure of fishing 2 days with them this year. We had a great time today with light wind and light current, it was a day made for deep dropping. We caught a mixed bag of different size yellowtails but ended up with 10 or so jumbos and 20 of the normal size. The dropping also went well with 1 big yelloweye, a few smaller yelloweyes, porgies, grouper, and true reds.
We had more then enough to feed all 15 guys with fish left over to take home.
Really wanted to deep drop today but once again the current was just too much in the deep water. We started with the yellowtais but unlike yesterday the sharks just would not allow us to get more then 1 out of 3 or 4 that we hooked up. Went deep and although we did catch one nice snowy and a porgy, the current just was too strong to do it effectively. Ended up back on the reef catching some more tails a few kings.
Looks like tomorrow will be our last good weather day till Tuesday so the boys are taking a couple days off and will be back again next week.
What an absolutely beautiful day to be on the water and the boys from Jersey were loving it. Pat said he thought it was their 9th annual trip and the councilor is never wrong so I am going with it. CP, Eddie and Dick make up the rest of the crew and we just have an awesome time with them.
The sail bite was not as good as yesterday and although we spent some time at that and also bouncing the bottom we never saw a sail. We did catch a mutton off the bottom and some fat yellowtail but had to sit down to catch the rest of the snapper.
Sound like we will have a couple more great fishing days tomorrow and Saturday for the boys and the plan is to give them Sunday off to watch the playoffs. Hopefully the current lets up and we can try out to the deep drop spots the next couple days.
We had 2 half days today and what a great way to start our run of booked days. Our morning half was a family from Wisconsin that I had moved from yesterday to today because of the wind. We barely had the baits in the water when up came a pack of sails. It took us a while but we were able to catch both of them and my folks decided they wanted some eating fish after the excitement with the sails. We sat down and caught 20 yellowtails before having to return for my 2nd half.
It took a little longer to find that sail on the 2nd go round, but up he came and after catching him we again set down for the tails. Nicer yellowtails in the afternoon and we were able to catch another 20 before heading in.
I know I've said it before but we fish some great people and with the wind down and the fish biting it just couldn't get any better.
Bret told me when he and his family got on the KK this morning that one of top items on his bucket list was to catch a sailfish. An hour after we got the baits in the water Bret got to cross that one off the list. We continued looking for another sail but the bite slowed and we ended the short day at a yellowtail spot where we caught 20 in less then an hour. Plenty for dinner for this great family and then some. We really enjoyed our day with them and hope to see them again in the future.
Bob and Duncan were a little camera shy but were very happy, catching two sailfish today. The first one free jumped right behind the boat 10 minutes after we set up and after dumping a scoop a baits Dave cast one out with a hook in it and we had him on. Things got slow during a middle of the day so we yellowtailed, caught dinner and waited for things to perk up. With only a few minutes left in the charter day the second fish ate our kite bait and put on dynamite show before Dave was able to grab the leader for our second release. Nice job Bob, Duncan and Dave!
This is one happy Englishman who's tied into a 200 lb shark and can't wait to get back to the UK and tell his fellow blokes all about the big sharks he caught. Henry and his buddy Ray have fished with us for 3 years now, last year it was big bull sharks, the year before they went off shore on a half day and got in on a ferocious bit of big kingfish, this evening it was full grow nurse sharks.
We caught a bunch, they went home tired and we will see them again next week for an offshore trip.
Kept these folks from Maine busy today with kings, yellowtail, a mahi and a couple sailfish opportunities. It was like two different days with a lot of wind early and very little by 11:00. Should have a few nice days in front of us until the next front this weekend.
Thanks Dave, Michelle, Charlie and Chris we had a great time fishing with you.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures