The wind was down and we caught two mutton and two grey snapper right away at the bait spot, that's a good start to an am half day. The big mutton came out of 110 ft and then it was a cero, yellowtail and king fish to round things out. We spent the last hour or so sailfishing as per our guest request. Jim and Joan were great guest and Jim did a tremendous job catching these fish.
A bit chilly today for our group of bachelor partiers and plenty of wind for them also but they all did very well even with the big waves. The feather tunas bit at the Islamorada hump, we caught a big black grouper at the little hump and some cudas. Sailfished for a few hours toward the end of the day but didn't see one.
It's been a couple years since we have seen Earl and his pearls but everything gets better with age and so did Earl and his pearls.
The bite was a little slow but we caught some vermillon snapper to start and turned lose some true reds. On the way to the hump we founds some birds that had skipjack tunas under them and caught a few almacco jacks once we got there. It was a short day and we have another short day scheduled again with Earl on Thursday, hopefully with the waves a little smaller.
Been a while since we caught the vermillon snapper (beeliners) well but today we caught what we wanted and moved on. Mitch, Max and Sharon were all into it but Max especially enjoyed cranking the pink ones up from the deep water.
Max heads for the U of Mass on a baseball scholarship next year and this was his present from his parents for working hard and getting accepted. Max really wanted to try some fresh tuna so after catching the snapper we went to the hump and although we got there at the tail end of the bite we did catch a couple small ones so he could get his taste.
Good luck to all these good folks and hope to see you all again soon.
Mike and Brian returned from up north to fish with us today, they drove all night, slept a couple hours once here and fished all day..... now that's fishing dedication. It a little slow today and we dropped quite a few fish that were on the way to the boat (just one of those days) so the guys had a chance to grab a few winks at times during the day to catch up.
Mike and Brian will fish with us again on Saturday although we have a front on the way and the wind is supposed to become strong so we will see what happens.
Engines always decide to have a problem on the weekend for some reason. I had a problem with a circulating pump on my port engine very recently and last Saturday the starboard circulating pump decided to quit circulating, not just a weekend but President's Day weekend! Yesterday we replaced the offending part and today we got to go fishing.
A mixed bag of tunas, jacks and snapper kept our group busy for most of the day and we sent them away with a good bag of fish for their planned dinner a Lazy Days restaurant this evening and we get to go fishing again tomorrow.
King fish, a couple nice mutton snapper, porgies and some other species were our catch for today. Bob and his son Cole did a nice job of angling to get these up to the boat and although we pulled the hooks on quite a few fish it wasn't assignable to anyone or anything in particular. They are with us again tomorrow so we will see if we can find something good to test their abilities on.
Caught the dinner but didn't get the movie today. The current was with the wind today which was great for yellowtailing but not the best for other types of fishing. Our split party of Jim, Alan, Jim and Michael had a great time and they had plenty of fish to eat for a good number of dinners. If you have never fished for yellowtail snapper, it takes a little time to learn the techniques, these guys picked it up well and fairly quickly, not all do as well.
Had a really good time with this crew and I'm sure we will see them again soon.
Gotta love that Australia accent and yesterday we had three gentlemen from the country "down under"so we heard a lot of blimeys , mates (not the same as Dave job but a friend) and other idioms that we don't get to heard often enough.
We started slow but the kingfish and mutton bite started to pick up as other boats left the area. Caught a nice red grouper which was big enough but not in season, a number of smaller muttons along with some big muttons which were enough and this African pompano, which showed up at the end of the morning trip to make for a good finale.
Great group of guys and I hope they can get back to Florida sometime to fish with us again.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures