I was hoping to get them out again this week but the wind came up and the temp dropped, I just couldn't talk them into one more day before they went back . Had a great time with the gang (as usual) even getting them out to help pull our stone crab traps this year! See you next year guys!
We have had better fishing but not many more gorgeous evenings in the channel at Whale Harbor than we had tonight. The water was as clean as it get which probably contributed to the poor bite but it made for good shark and tarpon sighting as they swam around and over our baits. Brian got to catch a couple sharks and that was one of the things he wanted to do in the keys. The plan is to come back next year to catch that tarpon and catch more sharks.
The Jersey Boys are back and we started the week with a pretty catch of snapper. Yellowtail, vermillon and mutton snapper all found their way into our fish box today along with a few king mackerel. Looks like we will have very good weather to start the week but Sunday may be questionable.
Grouper season closed December 31st so this 20 lb black had to go back in the water till May 1st. This is the 3rd nice grouper we have caught since the 1st of the year which I hope bodes well for the grouper season this year. This was Gary's last day till his return next year this time and although we did not see any sails today we did catch muttons, kings, grouper and jacks, keeping him busy while he was hanging on in the rough seas.
Gary fished with us yesterday and it was a little tough, with a cold front, plunging temperatures and a 20 knot wind blowing out of the north we caught fish but not anything great. Today the sails were pushing baits up in the shallow water and we caught 4 out of 5 that we had hooked and a fat yellowjack that beat a sail to the ballyhoo. Tomorrow we have Gary again and maybe we will do the tunas depending on conditions.
We recovered from yesterday pretty well with big yellowtail snapper and kingfish. Frank, Robert and Robert Jr did a good job of catching these large tails which can be challenging for the angler when they reach this size.
I was wishing we had bananas on board today so that I could have thrown them over board after we missed the first 10 bites we had (including a sailfish). It was just one of those unexplainable days when things just don't go as they should. Greg and Chris were understanding as they are hunters and fishermen and know a day like we had can happen. Tomorrow is a brand new day and we get a fresh start ..... I'm looking forward to it.
Bob and his family were with us again this morning on an am half, they had fished with us on the 31st and Jack (Bob's grandson) caught a sail, today it was his brother Dave's turn to catch one. This fish put on a spectacular show for us and Dave did a great job on the rod catching him in the rough seas. Thanks Bob, see you again next year!
We invited Mark and his family along this morning for the blessing of the fleet and after dropping off our other guests we headed out once again into the wind. There was a beautiful color change out in 200 ft and a mahi found us while we waited for a sailfish bite but we didn't encounter anything else. We moved inside to the shallower water and hoped to give our ladies a little reprieve from the big waves in the deeper water. Mark finally decided it was time to get the ladies back to land but as we crossed the reef I spotted a sail on the surface, Dave got the bait to him and 45 minutes later we had caught him and once again headed for home .