Second time for Dave, Mo and Dave's father in law also. They wanted yellowtail and although the bite wasn't quite as good in the afternoon as it was in the morning we still caught 28 snapper including 3 muttons. Mo goes back to college tomorrow, study hard Mo.
Second year for Jason, Jen, Alex and Anna and they picked a good day. We started with the yellowtails catching over 30 of them and then went out to see if the muttons would bite. When we hooked the first mutton and started getting it off the bottom something big grabbed it and took it back to the bottom. After a 10 minute fight whatever had it (probably a Goliath grouper) let go and we were able to get our 9 lb mutton snapper to the boat. Not long after that 3 mahi swam up and we caught them. Caught a couple smaller muttons and a kingfish and headed in for our 2nd half.
Sarah struggled a little with that 50 pound amberjack but still got it to the boat. Al caught the smaller one and Dave caught one we released to be caught again. We went out from there to look for the mahi but could not reach the distance where most were being caught and had to settle for one schoolie and a trip back to the reef. The yellowtail were biting even though you could see the bottom in 90 feet and we caught a dozen before we had to head in.
Not a bad day on the mahi today as we caught over 20 fish and a couple big ones. Saw a lot of small fish and others that won't eat but found enough that we were able to put together a decent catch as the mahi season starts to windup. Steve fished with us 2 days ago and wanted to fish again this week, Craig came down from NY and was looking for someone to share the boat and the cost so it all worked out.
I finally got the weather right for CP. It is so nice not to get beat up out there and the good news is it looks like we will get almost a week of decent wind speeds. We limited out on the snapper, catching 4 muttons and the rest yellowtail. Looks like we are going off shore tomorrow to look for the mahi.
A lot nastier than I thought it would be today with the wind dropping off, guess it was all left overs from the previous 12 days of wind. Mike wasn't feeling to well most off the morning but his dad Steve and his wife Carrie were killing the big yellowtails so they decided to take pity on him and turned it into a half day instead of the 3/4 day that was planned. Caught a few muttons once we came off the anchor and had a nice catch to send home with them.
Everyone we had out today did well except the one not pictured. The yellows were small today even though we were in 90 ft of water, but that might be because the water is still really clear. Caught 5 muttons we could keep and 5 kingfish after we left the reef and ventured out into deeper water.
Christian brought the lucky turtle talisman this evening and it worked! Worked for his dad who caught a tarpon and worked for Christian as he caught 5 sharks. I tried to talk him out of it and have him leave it on the boat but he said he didn't feel it would work for me because he purchased it and therefore the good luck just worked for him and his dad.. Guess I will just have to buy my own! Great fun once again with a wonderful father and son team. See you again soon guys.
Christian is one great little angler and additionally he can handle the big waves. The wind wasn't much less today than it's been the last 6 or 7 days but the big waves didn't faze Christian. We started slow but toward noon we set down and caught a few tails and then went out near a wreak to look for something different. The schoolie muttons were biting along with a few kingfish and sharks and Christian was braced up against the livewell cranking them in. Christian and his dad fish us again tomorrow evening and I really hope we can get him hooked up to a big shark or tarpon.
I warned Justin and Page that at 24 knots of wind it was not going to be pleasant out on the edge but they said wanted to go anyway. We yellowtailed to start but being able to see the fish in 80 feet of water does not make for quality yellowtailing. We caught enough for dinner and then went out to a wreck and Justin caught this 35 lb AJ. He said it made everything worth while. Another satisfied customer.!
Had our shot first thing this morning when 2 sails came up on the flat lines. One ate and we jumped him off, the 2nd sail got beat out to by a barracuda and cut our hook off. Spent some more time at it but didn't see any more so we anchored up caught the tails did a little bottom bouncing and caught 1 nice mutton and 2 groupers.
Joe caught a sail with us today. We had a second opportunity but the fish came up hot and eventually went through the leader. After the sails we ended the day catching a mahi and few snapper for dinner
Today there was more wind than yesterday and we had a couple go down in each group but that didn't stop them from catching fish. Nicer tails in the afternoon then the morning and once again a wayward mahi found us this afternoon.
Some more tough guys that I wasn't sure could deal with the waves and they proved me wrong. The rip at the the hump was almost scary but the tunas were biting and we even found a couple mahi while we were there.
Ryan struggled a bit with this 60 lb amberjack but he did get it past the sharks. John and Ryans brother ( I think he was relieved) were not so lucky with the sharks eating them before we could get them up. The yellowtails bit well again catching over 20 and the gang is planning their next trip sometime later in the year
Caught my first african pompano in a year or so today. John and his group were pretty busy all day with yellowtails, amberjacks and tuna. No mahi today and I only heard of a few being caught, still early for any consistent bite. The evening shark trip wasn't memorable as we only caught 1 and missed 3 or 4. Don't know why it was off but we will be trying it again tomorrow evening.
Don't get a whole lot of folks from Iowa but that is where Greg and Barbara are from and they wanted to catch mahi. They picked the right day as we caught 14 and our limit of yellowtail. They are having it packed and shipped back to Iowa to enjoy with their friends.
Busy night in Whale Harbor channel as the sharks started biting almost immediately as the baits went in the water. I think the total was 9 caught along with a stingray and we got our 1st tarpon bite of the month with a very large one that we got 3 jumps out of before pulling the hook. Nice job by youngsters Nick and Molly.
I was definitely concerned for Steve and his crew as we headed out today. We had his 97 year old father on board and the wind were cranking at close to 20 knots. Dad did amazingly well and it was part of the rest of the crew that called it. After catching our snapper and heading out to where the mahi were being caught we found the current at around 9 miles off and it got quite a bit rougher. We did find a few but never had the time we needed to catch a bunch. They put in for a nicer weather day next time.
Ryan and Danielle were kept busy catching today. Found a couple mahi on the way to the hump and the feather tunas were biting once we got there. Tried the aj's but the sharks would only let us catch an amberjack head, although Ryan did get to fight the shark for a while. Tried a little deep dropping but the current was just too strong so we ended up back on the reef where we caught our limit of yellowtails. Ryan has already reserved a date in July for their next trip on the KK.
Our last trip with Matt and his dad Dan and we are sorry to see them go. They are just really good fun people and Matt's enthusiasm for fishing is contagious. We caught a bunch a sharks from 50 pounds up to 150 pounds on our evening trip tonight and Matt never once quit, even after a 40 minute battle with a particularly stubborn one. While today was their last day in the keys they are talking about returning next year and making it an annual event.
Couldn't identify the language I heard this morning as our group got on board, but Robert explained that they were from Poland, all reside in the US now but several were born in Poland. Had a great morning with the tails, catching 40 nice fat ones and 3 kingfish. Tried some of the deeper areas but didn't catch anything very large. Lots of meat for the group and a plan to return later this year when the mahi get good.