Another fun day with folks from New Jersey, as it seems like a large part of the state is vacationing in the keys right now. Tom, Scott, Bill and Diane have spent a lot of years coming to the keys, have fished with numerous captains here in Islamorada and they just wanted to catch a few fish and have a good time, not a difficult goal.
The yellowtails bit well so after catching 30 of them we went out to the deep spots, caught 10 silk snapper, some vermillon snapper and then spent the remainder of the day pulling the wahoo gear. Great folks that will be back on the KK in the future and Dave and I will be looking forward to it.
I had these guys talked into a 3/4 day with wind predicted to be from the east at 7 to 8 knots... it wasn't! The wind was southeast at 15 to 20 and it was not at all pleasant on the edge of the reef. We chased some small bait showers early in the morning looking for another sailfish but knowing I had to get the job done quickly I sat down and we snapper fished. We caught 30 yellowtails before the guys called it and we headed back to the dock on a half day.
CP was in recovery mode this morning, crashing out on the couch for a few zz's while we caught bait, motored out over the edge, put out the spread all the while hoping to find a sail to start our day. An hour or so passed without a sighting when CP appeared in the cockpit, arising from his prone position on the couch, groggy but feeling much better after his short nap.
It didn't take 5 minutes, the bait showered, we raced over to the shower, the fish ate and there was CP hooked up to his sailfish. I must admit he did an excellent job catching that fish and his timing definitely could not have been better.
We caught close to 20 snapper after catching the sail and then headed back on our half day excursion.
With the exception of two very large yellowtails and a mutton snapper we were not able to get much going on the reef this afternoon so we headed out to the deep woods. Caught a few vermillons at the little hump but the cudas were really hard on us today so I ventured out a little farther and found some good spots that were turned on. Ended up with close to our limit of vemillon snapper, a bunch of silk snapper (a couple size large) and jacks.
We lose Dick tomorrow, he is headed back to NJ but have heard rumors of a guest appearance by John, morning will tell the story.
Jo and her family just wanted enough for dinner and to learn a little bit about fishing, we were able to accommodate them. Caught more then enough yellowtail snapper for their dinner and also saw so real understanding of how things work to get those fish into the fish box. Had a really good time with these folks, hope to see them again sometime in the future.
A great first day with the Jersey guys with perfect weather and good fishing. The yellowtail bite was slow but steady and the fish were a good grade. Caught close to 20, chase a few sails around for a bit after pulling the anchor and then went deep for whatever the sharks would let us catch. To my surprise we were pretty much left alone by the sharks, losing a few but catching our limit of vermillon snapper in a couple hours.
Good to have the guys back and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate for them after this blow on Sunday. See you in a couple days guys.
That was the statement we heard after catching this sailfish. Not an easy fish to boat as the hook was not in the mouth but in the side which always makes boating a fish difficult. I think instructing with emphasis and enthusiasm may describe what happened better but no matter the take, the fish was in the boat.
Caught enough yellowtails before the sailfish ate the kite bait that once we got reanchored and realized the tails were done with us we decided to head out to wahoo fish and try some deep spots. Fought the sharks but did get some deep water snappers to the boat and that was our day.
Started with the yellowtails once again, caught 15 or so and while leaving the spot I realized my port transmission was not working. We continued down the reef, trying to determine if it was serious or very serious when a bait shower happened right behind the boat. Dave had some baits out and this sailfish ate the ballyhoo on the rigger. This was the first time I have ever caught a sailfish with one engine down and I must say it took a bit of rethinking as a boat designed to run on two engine just does not back up well on one. The fish put on a good show for Julie and her kids and after catching it I decided to head back on a half day as getting into my slip on one engine is also a challenge.
These guys crushed it today even though conditions were not as good as yesterday. The current was into the wind so we had to turn the boat sideways to the waves, but that didn't faze these two anglers, catching one snapper after another till they were worn out. Sailfished for a little while after that and did see one that didn't bite. See you again soon guys!!
Recently we have had a few wahoos on that we didn't get so it was very satisfying when Dave stuck the gaff into this one and put it in the boat. The snapper bit well for Scott and his group and we had over 30 in a short time this morning along with one cero mackeral. Tried the deep stuff but the predators had us figured out and we couldn't get anything whole to the top. Caught the wahoo on the way back to the reef, did a little sailfishing and headed in.
A little more wind today then we have had and I thought the kids, Cooper or Brook might have a problem but it turn out that mom was the one that caused us to head to the dock. Things started slow but we were able to make it happen and ended up with 17 tails and a few blue runners before we had to head in. Brook and Cooper were great, really getting into the fishing and we hope we will see them again sometime.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures