Denny and Marsha have fished with us several times but Kim and Charlie had not and were 1st timers for off shore fishing. They picked a great day with light winds and good fishing, starting with a couple blackfin tunas. We caught muttons at a couple different spots. kingfish at the fad and a few yellowtail snapper inside the Eagle wreck. Once again more good people that we have gotten to know.
Barb was our hero today catching this beauty without a bit of help from anyone. She had a really large king on earlier in the day that went through the wire but that event was forgotten when this big fish surfaced. We caught a bunch of kings, a few smaller mutton snapper and one blackfin to complete our day.
We started with the yellowtail snapper and i was pleasantly surprised that they bit decently even with the clean water and very little current. We caught what we needed and Jan said we could spent a little time at another spot but his wife was seasick and probably needing to go back in a little while. We moved to one of the wrecks and caught this 20 lb black grouper (we'll have to catch him again in May when the season opens once again), missed a few other big bites and caught a 15 lb king. At that point Lorie said she had had enough and we headed in.
One is a porgy and one is a margate but the do look very similar and I'm not talking about the two youngsters that are holding them. It was a little slow today but we did catch yellowtail and mutton snapper to go with these two other good eating fish. Plenty of fresh fish to fill these guys up this evening at one of the local restaurants.
James talked us into going this afternoon after we cancelled our morning trip due to the wind. Our group this morning had a couple guys in it that had balance problems and I was decided to err on the side of caution and we sent them home,
James was willing and able to handle the seas for the scheduled afternoon trip and we started with the yellowtails , catching nine of the ten we are allowed. Sometime later, while we were sailfishing we caught the limit and whistle fish, this nice mutton snapper.
The morning half was extremely frustrating because we could see the yellowtails, had them up close to the boat but could not get them to bite. We tried other things and other spots but it was not happening. Understandably my guys for the afternoon trip were a bit concerned when the saw the lack of fish, it turned out they didn't need to be as I found the hungry school and we caught over thirty yellowtails in a few hours.
. It was a different look today on the reef with a strong current to the west and a wind that kept changing directions, so it wasn't unexpected that the fishing would be different too. The sailfish did not spray the baits in the shallow water as they have been all of this week and thus we ended up waiting for the fish to come to us and fortunately they did. We caught the 1st one after a couple hours in the tarpon hole and the 2nd one just before noon down by the eagle wreck, We also caught enough snapper for Chris and his father Art to have a nice meal of fresh fish at Wahoo's when they got back at the end of the day,
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.
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.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures