It is always a pleasure taking this group fishing and we always look forward to a day with them. The yellowtails were nice size but a bit difficult to get to bite, caught 14 tails before giving up on them and heading out to the hump where we caught our limit of tuna along with some bonitos. Katrina was having a difficult time with the waves and we had plenty of fish so it was decided to head back to the marina and get her feet on solid land again.
Paul has already secured their next trip for December of this year and we are looking forward to seeing them then.
The conditions had changed by the time we got back out to the reef in the afternoon and I thought we might not be able to catch any yellowtails at all but we did, we managed to catch dinner and then some for Bill, Anthony, Nat, and Nicky.
Just so you know there was a change of clothes after we got back (and shoes) as they were headed out to dinner asap after getting off the boat. We did catch a few other fish after the tails quit but the current into the wind and the glowing blue water made reef fishing difficult to say the least.
Two days ago we took Dan and his group out, it was not a good fishing day for us. Today we started with the yellowtails and we were able to catch 25 or so before moving on to what these guys really wanted to catch, a sailfish.
Not much happened for a good part of the day, we just weren't in the right spots when the sailfish came up into the shallow water chasing baits. Finally, in the afternoon a spray happened where we needed it to and we caught our first sail. A half hour later we got a call for another captain that was seeing sails in deeper water, we moved out there and up came a pack of sailfish. One didn't eat, one we pulled off and we caught the third one. We had a bunch of very happy guys to take back to the marina. Another successful day!
Yesterday, fishing was very difficult for us but today captain Dave came through. I was up in homestead getting a crown put on a problem tooth, leaving the fishing in Dave's capable hands, he started by catching their limit of yellowtail snapper and later raise a sailfish and caught it. Dave told me they had some other sailfish opportunities but were not able to capitalize. Another nice day Dave!
Steve and Jane have fished with us numerous times but have never caught a sailfish with us, that all changed today. Not having much luck with the wahoos in the first hour or so, I decided to try bouncing the bottom in the 200 ft range, we had a kingfish on when both outriggers went off and suddenly we had two sailfish hooked up. Jane helped with one fish while Steve caught the other and then took over for Jane once we had the release on the first fish.
Later in the day we caught a dozen yellowtails and a really nice mangrove snapper for Steve and Jane to take home and enjoy eating this week. Both will be back next month, bringing their kids and grand kids along to enjoy that day.
Same folks as yesterday and a similar day. We started with the the snapper but the trash fish were just too aggressive and I had to move. The new spot was close and it wasn't long until we were catching yellowtails consistently. We had been there 30 minutes or so when a bait shower started behind the boat, coming towards our boat, Dave loaded up a ballyhoo , threw it toward the spray and hooked up the sailfish. I was able to get the anchor up and after 45 minutes or so (in heavy seas) we caught the fish. Jeff and his friends ended up with 2 dozen tails, a sail and a lot of good memories to go home with.
The wahoo bite has been on the last couple of days and wanting to get in on it we trolled down past the light, thru the areas that have been holding them, spent enough time at it that I thought we should have a least a bite, but nothing, so we went to plan "B".
Tried a couple wrecks, caught a few small jack but we were still really struggling. At the next spot we started to get bites, missing the first few, then caught a red grouper, followed by large black grouper, (both out of season but a least we were catching fish), next was a couple kings and then the sailfish ate. Caught him put the wahoo gear out and 10 minutes later caught this 32 lb wahoo. Stress is gone, everyone is happy and the sun is shining. How quickly things can change!
We focused on the snapper for these folks yesterday and although it was not an easy bite , we were able to catch almost 30 between the yellowtail and silk snapper. Barbara and Bob are frequent clients (with the exception of last year) and we really enjoy their company. Shawn and Mike are new but hopefully we will get to see them again soon.
We started great, a little rocky but manageable, setting up on the reef catching the yellowtails to start our day, but slowly the dark clouds began to build, then the wind shifted, we got blown off our spot and it began to pour. It was time to go.
Jason, Jen, Adam and Anna had an awesome 1/2 day with us back in 2017 and this trip was very memorable also but perhaps not for the number of fish we caught. Still had a great time with good people and I hope it's not another 5 years before they fish with us again.
Nicely done by captain Dave today as my wife and I went up to meet my daughter Sarah and her husband Ross for a late lunch and some great family time. Dave caught a bunch of fat yellowtails and a few other snapper for our clients and Dave said it does get much nicer, "good people and beautiful weather" for a great day.
Andy and his wife were coming from Key West and meeting their friends Mark, Rebecca, Patrick and Aurelija, they wanted to leave the dock around 10, not a problem but not my first choice as you start behind everyone else.
Surprisingly getting the bait was easy (which can be a problem leaving late) and after getting to the reef we anchored down to try the tails. It wasn't happening at that spot but the about the time I started to pull the anchor the sailfish started pushing the baits in the shallow water (showering). Finally got the anchor up, ran to the shower, hooked and caught the sail. Not a bad way to start the charter! Ended up with 16 fat yellowtails, a sailfish and some great memories for the folks.
We had so much fun with this group on the morning half, it was nice to forget about the rest of the world for a few hours, laugh and have a good time.
We even caught a nice bunch of fish for Jim, Tracy, Muricel (aka squirrel) and Liz (aka Lizard). Looking forward to fishing with them again next year.
When you fly into Fort Lauderdale, arriving at 8 or so in the evening and immediately head for the casinos at the Hard Rock, when you know you are supposed to fish in the morning, something has to give. What gave was getting up early for the fishing trip, which was OK because we are never late twice in one day (I admit we did get back to the dock a little later than usual). Even with the late leave we had a great time with john and his buds, catching plenty of fish for a number of dinners and they are fishing again on Monday, taking Sunday off to rest up from today. See you then guys.
nGreat time with our new friends from the great state of Minnesota that just wanted some dinner and maybe a sailfish. Caught the dinner but not much happening in the sailfishing department where we were, there were a few sails caught 6 or 7 mile to the west but it was Just a little too far in the rough seas on a half day to try that. Mike, Mary, Beck and Brandon will have to come back another time for that sailfish
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures