John was happy with the yellowtails we caught this morning but he was overjoyed with the mutton snappers his son John and he caught later in the day. I think the muttons were a little bigger than the ones we caught yesterday but the yellowtail bite and average size were better yesterday.
In addition we caught vermillons, yelloweyes and bonitas and that kept everyone in the group busy with the exception of Rachel who just wanted to catch up on her sleep (so she did catch something).
Another quality family that we have fished several times in the past and we will fish again in the future.
Katriina and Kari are from Finland and you would think that that would be a good omen for a day on the water. 2 sailfish, 2 mutton snapper, 12 fat yellowtail snapper, 6 vermillon snapper, a very large red snapper and a 50 lb amberjack showed that these Fins can fish.
Great folks, that are definitely out to enjoy life and were ecstatic at the quantity and quality of the fish we caught today and we look forward to seeing them again next year.
Jack and Sandra wanted dinner and a sailfish so we stopped by a deep drop spot and caught enough vermillon snapper to cover dinner and then went looking for the sail. Three frigate birds lead us to this schoolie mahi and a half hour later we had our 1st sail on. Pulled the hook on that one but it wasn't too much longer and we had our 2nd sail on. Thought we were going to catch that one as we still had him on after 20 minutes, but he managed to wear through our leader and that one was gone also.
That was it for the sails yesterday but we had a good show put on by them and Jack and Paula enjoyed themselves and had plenty of fresh fish for their dinner.
Lou and Diane combined to catch almost all of these beauties. I don't believe we lost one fish to the sharks and it was so much fun not having to worry about these big one getting eaten before you got them to the boat.
Lou's wife get honorary mention (also Diane ) because she never complained about her seasickness and stuck in there like a trooper. Lou did shorten the trip for her even though she was more than willing to stick it out to the end.
Last but not least, thanks Carl for keeping us all organized and catching the smaller good eating fish.
My wife's brother and sister-in- law were in town this past week and we got a chance to take them fishing on the KK in the afternoon.
Jill isn't really into the fish catching (like Todd is) but she like just being on the ocean isn't bothered by big waves and we saw plenty of them Thursday afternoon. Caught the yellows again and got into some vermillon and yelloweye snapper later in the day.
Had a great time with them both and a terrific meal of the fresh snapper at Old Tavernier restaurant .
Got back with the U of M guys yesterday, cleaned their fish and we were just getting the boat back in order when These two Russians walk up and want to go fishing.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon I had to talk myself into going but we went and they had a great time, pulling on snapper, barracuda and jacks. Dave's Russian is all that great but he managed to convey what he needed to and they obviously had some fishing experience, so it all worked.
Got to see the sunrise and the sunset from the KK yesterday!
Got a text from Bob Jr saying they wouldn't be able to fish with us yesterday so I thought we had the day off but 20 minutes later I talk to these U of Miami students and we are off to the bait patch. Caught our ballyhoo, started out to the reef edge, see a bait shower, find two sailfish, catch one..... doesn't get better then that for the start of the fishing day. We went on to catch vermillon and yelloweye snapper, amber and almoco jacks, sharks and turned loose more out of season red snapper.
Last summer we fished Bob Sr and his family and had an incredible 3 days of fishing with them and so we were looking forward to fishing with them again this weekend. Unfortunately Bob Sr had some health problems and wasn't able to go with us on Saturday so we just had Bob jr and Mike on board. We struggled for the 1st half of the day but finally found a spot were the AJ's, Almaco jacks, vermillions and red snapper were biting and we spent the afternoon wearing the boys down.
Paul, Terry, Sue and Marilyn were enjoying the Florida sun yesterday as they had escaped the bitter cold of Michigan for a short while in the keys. We tried the yellowtail but the sharks would only allow us to catch a few. The sharks did allow most of the kings to get by, with the exception of a 30 pounder that they ate right up to the head. The folks had a great time and we will be seeing them again next year.
Couple days late getting this picture up with Lou and his car salesmen buds from Atlanta but I finally got a chance to put it up. Lou wasn't too enthused about deep dropping for the snapper so we set up both the electric and a spinner (that they could hand crank) and had mixed reviews on which was more fun. The yelloweyes weren't as big as they were a couple days ago so we caught enough for a couple dinners and headed back to the reef. Caught a few kings missed a few, caught some muttons , caught a small shark, fought a big one for a while and finished up with a dozen yellowtails. Beautiful day on the water.
Hau B was more than a little happy with his 40 lb wahoo that he caught with us today.
Lou and the guys had caught the snapper yesterday (yelloweye, mutton, yellowtail and vermillon snapper) and today they wanted a sailfish or wahoo. We had the kite up looking for the sail but when we finally got the bite it wasn't the sailfish we were expecting but a toothy wahoo. Hau B did a great job staying tight and Dave did an excellent job sticking the fish and getting it into the boat.
Last day with these guys this trip but they are already planning there next trip on the Kay K IV for this coming summer or fall.
Awesome day deep dropping with Brian Wing and his group. We sailfished for an hour or so in the morning but I heard of very few sails being caught so with light winds making for the perfect deep drop day, we headed out.
Took a little bit to find the yelloweye snapper but when we did it was game on. Caught a few vermillons along with the yelloweyes and a few other species, then headed back to the reef to try our luck in there. Bounced the bottom for a few hours and we were rewarded with some kingfish and a nice mutton snapper.
Always a pleasure having Brian on board and we look forward to doing it again with his family and friends.
Poor Joe thought his trip with us wasn't happening when I could get an engine started this morning ( I had all really contacted another boat to take them) but after a little investigation I found one of the battery switches had broken and no power was getting to that engine. We got everything running, got half way to the reef and that same engine was started overheating, changed the impeller and that solved the problem. Finally, Dave told me we were out of fresh water due to a faucet that was slightly open last night, well that made 3 and I just hoped it would stop there, and fortunately it did!
Joe and his group were rewarded for their patience with kingfish, yellowtail, a 20 lb cobia and a sailfish. Great group and they are coming back next year to fish with us again, hopefully without all the problems.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures