We started a little slow because we caught the tide change and thus the water was not moving for the first 40 minutes or so. Once that changed it was non stop sharks with 1 or 2 on all the time. Mat and Alex got very good with their fishing skills after a little instruction from Dave and I and I see a couple really good anglers developing with a little more practice.
We had another very large tarpon on for a short while but he got around another boats anchor line and broke him off.
Once again a fun trip with good people and lots of action.
Brandon, Greg and Dave on a half day today found out what schoolie wars are all about. We caught 20 nice schoolies with one teenager in the mix and fortunately they were close in. We only had a half day to find them but the gang wanted to go for it and it turned out to be the right choice.
Dave decided they had so much fun they would try a full day mahi tomorrow. Here we go again!
Dave Brando and Greg got to experience what a 150 lb tarpon can do on our evening shark/tarpon trip yesterday . Never got the chance to go after the fish as it ran off 100+ yards of line in seconds and right after it jumped we pulled the hook. Dave was awed by the power and speed but unfortunately it was the only tarpon bite last night so we will have to wait till Monday to have him catch one.
We did wear them down though, catching a dozen or so big sharks while waiting for the next tarpon bite.
Greg , Brandon and father Dave came to the keys to spend some time together. They fished a 1/2 day on Saturday and caught 20 yellowtail. PA bass fishermen, it took a fair amount of instruction and a small baseball bat to finally get them to stop ripping the heads off the yellowtail with a hook set. My next goal is to teach them that the drag system on a reel is not just a novelty.
Evan and his dad's 3rd time with us on an evening trip and although it was slower then the last time they were out, we did catch 1 out of 2 tarpon and several sharks. Evan has become an extremely good angler and it's been a real pleasure watching him get better each time he fishes with us.
Thanks Steve and Evan
Had Henry, Winston and Mom on board for our evening trip but Dr George decided to stay in the jacuzzi so it was up to the boys to catch all the sharks. We lost count of the number of sharks but we do know we jumped 3 tarpon that we just couldn't keep the hooks in. The family is headed home but the boys are planning their return to finally catch one of those tarpon.
I felt really safe today with all these Doctors on board (or soon to be). They were pretty good fishermen too, catching 20 tails and a mahi that swam up. Winston caught the mahi on 12 lb with a 14 lb leader (yellowtail rod), needless to say we were holding our collective breaths until we stuck him with the gaff!
Nicer yellowtail and bigger mahi with Charlie and Brit today although the wind was about the same. It was a 3/4 so we yellowtailed for a bit and then went out to 300 ft where there was a nice current edge. We found the fish under a couple frigate birds while live baiting on that edge. Nice little bonus and some happy clients we headed home.
Charlie and Brit on an almost perfect day with the yellowtails. The current was west the wind was west and the tails were hungry. An almost perfect day with the exception of the 20+ knots of wind which we had to deal with after catching our limit of tails and going out to look for the mahi. It was not as bad as it could have been (or I expected) because even out 12 miles the current was still west and therefore still with the wind.
Charlie and Brit will be back tomorrow for a slightly shorter day, hoping for a little less wind but ready it catch again.
The reef was super clean with gulf stream water right up against the edge but the yellowtail still bit. We caught 20 beauties and then tried deep dropping. Caught grouper, porgies and tiles but nothing we could keep. The AJ's were biting well but so were the sharks and all we could get to the boat were the heads. All in all a good day with beautiful weather!
We started out going off shore but the mahi were few and far between so we ended up back on the reef. The condition were great and even better the tails were hungry. The boys from Naples caught 20 tails and a couple triggers for their dinners the next few nights. See you next time guys and remember "close the bail and wind first".
Three sharks hooked up by 2 brothers and one of their sons all fighting fish at the same time was the highlight of our evening trip yesterday. We caught a total of 10 and everyone had a great time. The family heads back to England in a few days but plan to come back next year for more shark battles.
Trammell went 1 for 2 on Tarpon last evening. We caught a couple sharks , jumped off 1 tarpon and then the rain and wind started. Hooking up another shark and had just hooked up another tarpon when it started to pour. I pulled the anchor and Trammell caught the tarpon, switch rods and then proceeded to catch the shark.
We ended up catching a total of 5 shark and the 1 tarpon with Trammell being the star angler for the evening.
The picture does not do it justice but we had to catch this 129 lb bull shark on a 50 international this evening. We usually get burnt on these bull sharks in the channel because we can't get them stopped before they get around a marker or go through the bridge.
Tonight we set up and saw him swimming so we put the big rod out and hooked him almost immediately . We caught around 10 sharks in our 3 hr trip and the last one was close to or exceeded 200 lbs!.
Tim, Tina, Hunter, Kayla and Conner had a blast, taken lots of video and pictures and planning their next trip.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures