Jake and his buds from Lauderdale fished a full day with me today . I found a lot of single fish to start but later in the morning we started finding some nicer schools. It got a little slow in the afternoon so we made a few drops and caught a couple porgies and a nice snowy grouper. Lots of filets for the boys.
Chuck (on the right) fished with us today on the final day of the 3 day charter. Chuck's a pretty impressive fisherman and he's promised to fish with us for every day he is here next year. We caught 20 nice yellowtail on our half day and said goodbye to our group from Wisconsin till their return next year.
Didn't get a good picture of the 20lb wahoo we caught today but he was the icing on the cake for our day offshore. We caught a dozen or so mahi and a couple of tripletail mostly off debris and the last fish of the day was the wahoo. One more half day with these folks tomorrow.
Yellowtail fishing is different than most types of fishing. The bail is open, you see the bite instead of feeling the bite. Once you get the bite you have to close the bail and wind and that's all there is to it. We caught 25 nice tails today,"we" missed 30 more . Enough said.
Evan caught two tarpon tonight. Things were looking pretty dismal early in the evening. We had a few sharks on but because we don't normally use wire leader and they were toothy sharks, they cut through the mono. I made a move and once anchored again I never got the bait to the bottom before we had a 100lb plus tarpon on. Caught that one, reanchored and hooked the 2nd one on the 4th bait in the water. When from a zero to hero in a very short amount of time. Nice job Evan! !!
We had a very good day today. Caught the yellowtail in the morning and since i didn't hear much in the way of Mahi offshore, I decided to take my chances on the reef. It turned out to be the right decision catching 3 nice muttons, a few kings, a large barracuda, mahi, a few bonitas and a 30 lb cobia to go with our 20 yellowtail. We also had a sailfish on for a little while. Another good day on the KK.
Had a family from coral springs FL this morning . Caught all the yellowtail we needed and a couple of kingfish . Good time was had by all. This afternoon we had a couple from Pensacola and although we tried for the mutton we never had any bites that looked like mutton so we did the yellowtail thing again. Chris and Judy will be back for Mahi season.
Went mahi fishing this morning with our Sarasota boys and caught them. Two of them anyway. Just not enough time on a half especially with the fish in very small groups or just single fish. Caught some porgies and a snowy before having to come home. Limited out again on yellowtail in the afternoon with Linda and Simon from D.C.
Our 4 guys from Sarasota drove down this morning so they could do an afternoon trip. When we got to the reef I could see the bottom in 90 ft and i was starting to think about plan B. I didn't have to go there , the yellowtail bit on every drift and we ended up limiting out in a couple hours. Another half day with these gentlemen tomorrow morning.
Kathy aka " Fishy " was our top angler today. We didn't catch many in our short stay at the yellowtail but they were some on the biggest we caught this week. We had a little more wind today and it took a toll on our anglers. With only one left standing we decided to shorten the already short day.
Essex England produces some very good anglers (or maybe we just had the 4 good ones from there). We had 3 generations on board and it was grandma's birthday today. She told me (I did not ask) she was now 22 and holding. We caught as many yellowtail as we wanted, a couple muttons, a hammerhead, a few other sharks and a few triggers. A busy and good day for all.
Kyle caught this 18.3 lb mutton snapper this morning on our half day. We caught 20 yellowtail first then took our live bait out to deeper water where we caught the mutton a couple of kingfish and a blackfin tuna. Jim, Kristy Peter and Kyle had a great day and will be back soon.
We started slow today due to a lack of current. This was our Michigan natives first deep sea fishing experience and Dominique, Nick and Ben did great, their parents not so well. Mom and dad were very happy to get on solid land, the kids would have stayed all day. The bite got better as the morning went on and we ended with over 30 yellowtail. Well done guys and girl.
Luke has a very determined look on his face because he's catching a big shark. Brook did a great job also on her shark as did her mom Kim. Jason (dad )spent at least twice the time of everyone else catching his shark but I do admit it was one of the largest I've caught on an evening trip. More satisfied customers.
The yellow tail continue to bite. Vinny was our star this morning catching most of the yellows and a nice mutton on 12 lb along with a couple of kings. This afternoon we had Jamey, Pati, Riley and JC Kalis on board. CP also came along to help with the beer consumption. We caught the yellows well and then did a little dropping for the porgies. All in all two good halves.
These two young ladies caught 32 yellow tail between the two of them. They started the morning with very little knowledge but by the time we got half way through they were seeing the bite and hooking them up. Very impressive. The evening trip started very slow and 2 hrs into it I was getting concerned and then....they started to bite. We ended up catching 5 and even Kaykay (pictured ) caught one with a little help from the captain.
Half day this morning was a struggle. Bait was tough and we couldn't get a bottom bite so we ended up going out to the 400 ft area we caught in yesterday and caught some jacks ,porgies and a snowy. The evening trip started slowly but we ended up catching 5 sharks with Tommy (pictured ) catching most of them. Nice job Tom.
1st fish of the day was this wahoo. Love when that happens cause it sets the tone for the day. It wasn't a great day even with the wahoo but we did catch some nice porgies, tuna and a decent snowy grouper on the 3/4 day.