We came off the bait patch and had our first opportunity at a sail almost immediately but that one did not eat, 10 minutes later we found a second sailfish and that one did. That was great way to start the day and it stayed pretty good all day as Bruce and Billie caught 5 muttons and 8 or 9 yellowtail snapper. This was their second trip with us this week and although both days were good , today was a much better weather day with less wind.
The one shark we were able to talk Elizabeth into fighting we didn't catch but it was a screamer and we ended up pulling the hook after 20 minutes or so. I think our lady was a little relieved that she didn't have to go more rounds with that fish as it was wearing her down with it's strength. Jon caught the rest of the 6 or 7 sharks and the were all really big also but they didn't compare to Elizabeth's fish. All in all a fun evening with our neighbors from north of the border and I hope we see them again some time we they can get back to the keys.
Aden was our pro angler today catching the most and biggest. It looked a little sketchy as we started out down the channel with a large black cloud in front of us but other then getting a little rain it didn't affect our morning half much. We sat down and caught a decent number of yellowtail snapper after first chasing a sailfish around that did not want to eat. Caught a few muttons after that but unlike yesterday only had one that was legal. Thanks guys and we will see you again next year. Great job Aden!!
Dottie is holding the biggest of our 7 mutton snapper caught today with the help of her cousin Billie and her husband Bruce. Missed a bunch of kings and caught some and caught some nice yellowtail off the bottom also. They have another day scheduled for later in the week and we are looking forward to fishing with them again.
Great way to end the week with Adrian, Leslie and Tony (north Jersey) catching schoolie muttons, a couple big kings and a sailfish. Once again we kept them busy with only a few slow times through out the day. "They will be back" they assured me several times as I cleaned their fish for them to take back to New Jersey.
It is great to live in a place where folks are just happy to be and Diane and her crew were overjoyed to be out of the cold and loving this weather. Kings and a mutton kept them busy for the morning along with a bunch of other fish we turned loose.
With the weather as good as it gets Joe and Elizabeth caught a couple mutton’s and our limit of kings today on a morning half and they immediately took their fillets upstairs to wahoo’s restaurant to have them cooked for lunch when we got back. It just doesn’t get any better than that!!
Jim and his crew from Minnesota really enjoyed the nice evening out in Whale Harbor channel, it was a nice respite from this passed weeks cold weather in their state. The sharks were active and I thinks the total was somewhere around 10 or 11 big ones. Our day trip was slow as we saw quite a few sails but did not get any to eat. We did catch 20 yellowtail snapper for Kevin and his crew for dinner and they were looking forward to a nice evening at Lazy Dazes..
Shawn was pretty happy with his 18 lb black grouper even though they are out of season and it had to go back in the water but Meg was even happier with her 1st sailfish. The sails were spraying baits this morning as we left the bait patch and we finally had a spray happen close enough that we could get there before the sail disappeared, David put the bait right where it was needed and the fight was on. Meg did a great job on her first sailfish (even with a small equipment malfunction) and we caught him after a half hour fight.