Jim and his son mat were very patient Sunday eveming when condirions were not good at our usual spot. We tried outside the channel but had just on cutoff. The wind lightened up late and when we moved back to the bridge we got our first big bite. The shark probably when close
Jim had booked me earlier in the week and had planned it around his family's visit. Unfortunately the weather wasnt good during the week but we finally got them out this past Saturday. The big yellowtails were biting and we caught enough for dinner and more. Really enjoyed fishing with Jim and his family. Looking forward to doing it again next year.
Robert caught the sail but the girls hooked it up. We had a pack of sails come up 10 minutes after putting the baits in but only one stayed hooked. Earlier we caught 15 or so nice yellowtails so patty and her family had plenty of fresh fish for dinner. A great half day on the reef.
The boys from Detroit were very patient this evening because the bite was slow but their patience paid off when a big blacktip finally ate a bait. The high speed shark almost took all the line before we got the anchor up and started after him. All three of the boys got to fight him before we turned him loose.
Kate and her father Kevin caught their limit of kings with us this morning on their half day. Tried a little yellowtailing and looked for a sail but neither bit well for us. Kate caught this 18 lb king. Nice fish Kate.
Ni k looks pretty serious with his mutton snapper. I think he was thinking about how good it was going to taste at dinner tonight. We caught the mutton and a few kingfish on our morning half today. Had one good bite on the kite but didn't get to see that fish. At least the catch to hookup ratio was very good unlike yesterday's fiasco.
Had a real problem keeping the fish attached to the hooks today. We had probably 20 kings hooked up taking drag but only got 6 to the boat. The yellowtails weren't much better, hooking really big tails close to the bottom and having them get down into the bottom before we could stop them. We did catch a red and gag grouper on the same rig at the same time. Never did that before but of course grouper season doesn't open till may 1st. We also caught one schoolie mutton and just to top off the day we got smoked by a very large bottom fish for the last bite of the day. Guess the pendulum has to swing the wrong way once in a while.
What a great evening in whale harbor channel. It started with a couple nurse sharks and then got slow until the tide started to pick up. It started with two screaming bull shark bits, we jumped off a couple tarpon and then the spinner shark ate. I have never had a spinner jump that many times and then after he settled down he ran around one of the channel buoys! i climbed to the top of the tower to get the line off the buoy and we finally were able to bring him up next to the boat. Our last shark was a huge 200 lb nurse that Julia did an excellent job pf catching. Congratulations to Jack, Julia, Patrick and Henry. These kids are going to be really good anglers (the older ones already are) and are a pleasure to fish with.
Jake, Patrick amd Julia teamed up to catch a sail today and not because they got tired. They did it so they could all share in the catch.....that is just awesome!! We started with the kings and caught a half dozen of them and then the sail ate a bait on the bottom rod. He gave us a good show, we got him to the side of the boat , got some pictures and turned him lose. The yellowtail conditions were pretty bad but we did catch a few then went to the hump, caught an AJ and fought a shark for over an hour. All in all a pretty successful day.
It started almost immediately between Rachel and her farther Kevin. Each one claimed their shark was bigger and they took less time to catch their fish. It then progressed to who caught how many and so on an so on.. We had a great time with Kevin, Rachel and Rachel's mom Jo ( the peace keeper) and they had they had a wonderful time on our evening shark trip. We will see them again soon.
We had 2 german couples catching some nice yellowtail today. The current was very strong but that was good because it forced the big tails up to the food. we also caught a couple mackerel on our short day and along few other species. Looks like our new German friend's are coming back in the summer to try the mahi fishing.
Mark and Steve teamed up to catch this AJ today while at the Islamorada hump. We also caught some blackfins, a few rose porgies and yellowtail. Once again the sharks got a couple of the AJ's but I'll trade a couple AJ's for the lighter wind we had today.
Adam and Ron made the picture , the other 2 guys were just happy to be on solid ground. They wanted to go deep and catch big fish so off we went to the hump. I gave Ron fair warning that it would be rough and it definitely was. Ron and Adam caught all 6 AJ's and had a great time and they want to do it again in August but without the 20 knots of wind.
Cullen had a tough time with this 18 lb blackfin but with Jake and George giving him moral support he finally got it to the boat . We caught 6 kings and missed a sail making for a busy morning for the boys.
Zuran caught this 3 1/2 lb yellowtail today and although it was the biggest we had others that were almost as big. It was a pick on these big tails but they don't get that size by being stupid (as we say). The kingfish showed today also, which is great because we need them here when conditions aren't good for catching other fish. Nice group of guys from south Carolina that are planning another trip on the KKIV soon.
The morning half was slow with clean water a current into the wind but Lisa and her family caught enough for dinner and enjoyed the beautiful day. The second half was with Carl, Diane, Bill and Kelly. We fished carl and Diane a couple weeks ago with their family and they came back with Bill and Kelly for another fishing day. The deep dropping wasn't as good as it's been but we did catch vermilion and yellow eye snapper and some porgies. Ending at the hump, Bill and Carl both caught greater amberjacks to finish out the day. Another beautiful day on the water and I'm hoping it will stick around for awhile.
Bob had a difficult time keeping sharks on the hook last evening but was finally able to catch a couple. We had Dave, Tanya and Jennifer who fished with us a day ago and along with some more of their family on the evening shark trip. The bite was slow to start, catching a couple with a few misses but just a half hour before it was time to go they showed up in number. We managed to catch 2 before the whistle blew and we took Bob and his tired arms back to the dock.