Steve fought the 1st AJ till the sharks took over and ate through the line, Steve did better with the second one or perhaps only the small shark was still hungry as he took a chunk out of the back leaving the rest alone. We also caught our limit of snapper on a bite that was epic this morning. Thanks Steve and Jane, see you next year.
We started with the tails, catching 20 under difficult conditions (no current) and before we left Meg caught this smaller mutton on 12 lb.test. It ate an oat ball on the bottom and that was nice piece of angling all by it's self. Dave got us some live ballyhoo with his cast net before we left the reef and we took them out to the 200 ft ledge, we didn't have many but it turn out we had enough. The first bites we got were the big mutton and the amberjack, Meg once again was the hero as this 18 lb mutton pop to the surface after a 20 minute battle, her dad caught the AJ and granddad caught the medium mutton a while later. We also caught a couple groupers and a couple kings before heading home. What an awesome day!!
The guys from GAF are here again and we had another beautiful day to fish them. The current was running hard to the northeast which made seeing the bite on the yellowtails difficult but we caught 20 or so nice one before heading out to deeper water. The little hump didn't produce for us but after trying some deep dropping we ended up at the Islamorada hump were the amberjacks put a hurting on our guys. A good time was had by all.
Two more great kids, 12 year old Ben and his younger sister Rilley were are anglers today and I must say they were very impressive. They listened well, learned quickly and didn’t give up when presented with a hard fighting fish. We caught our limit of snapper, catching a few silk and vermillion snapper to go with or yellowtail and three amberjacks toward the end of the trip so they could fight a big fish. Lisa and John are going to pack the fish tomorrow for their journey back to North Carolina and that big fish fry.
Quite the crew we had today, Dan brought his son and friends to fish with us on a beautiful Easter day. We caught plenty of yellowtail and we let the boys tug on a few AJ after the tails. As you can see we did have a small shark problem to start but they seemed to be satisfied with eating half a AJ and we got whole fish after that.
With the wind out of the south and predicted to be 20 knots i really tried to discourage my clients with their youngsters from going today but they were convinced it would be OK. W e were back by 9:00 after catching enough for dinner. It's usually better to listen to the Captain and his experience in these situations.
Had CP and his girls out on a fairly rough day and we did do ok with the tails. From what I heard on the VHF, the snapper bite was difficult (no current and really clear water) but we were fortunate and caught 25 or so. We also made Kelly Kalis happy with a blackfin tuna and we cauaght one almacco jack. Always a pleasure CP!
Mike and the guys from GAF did a great job of learning the yellowtail fishing technique, (not always easy for some) and by the time we had caught a couple dozen tails they were catching one on every drift. The AJ's were also biting and five of the guys caught them, with two of them going over 50 lbs. The sailfish bite slowed down from yesterday although we did spend a hour looking for one at the end of the day.
Trent gave it his best but had to hand the rod off to his dad to finish this 50 lb amberjack. Trent had no such problems with the yellowtails and caught more than his dad as we limited out on them. The sailfish bite quieted down today although we did gave it an hour or so at the end of the day in hopes of raising one.
Today the yellowtail bite was not quit as good, it took us an extra half hour to catch our limit. Guess we should not complain after staring at these fish for two months and not getting more then a few to bite, it has been an unbelievable fishery for the last month. Heather, Hannah, Dalton and Mike struggled both with technique and the seas but and we finally caught what we needed and finished up sailfishing on a shortened day.
Lisa and Cary showed up the guys today as both of the caught sailfish. It was just a perfect day from the weather to the fishing. We started with the yellowtails, did a little deep dropping and ended the day catching the two sails. Pretty much everything we tried worked and we ended up catching over 50 fish, including vermillon snapper, yelloweye snapper, rose porgies and groupers. Thanks Steve. see you next year.
Shawn, Stewart and Ross left their wives at home with their young sons while they went fishing this morning. The yellows bit well again and we trolled for wahoos after catching our limit of snapper. On the way back I suggested the ladies might want to go in the afternoon and the said they would ask.
A south wind at 15 knots made things a little uncomfortable this morning while catching yellowtails but the currant was with the wind and once again the bite was on. I must say I have never seen a yellowtail bite of big fish like these go on for as long as it has but I'm glad it"s happening.
I was able to put Dan and James together on a shared charter after James's fiance decided it was going to be too rough for her today. We also caught a legal mutton and Dan caught a 20 lb gag grouper as the whistle fish.
The forecasters said it was going to be 12 to 15 knots today, it was more like 18 or 19. I gave Steve the option of not going or doing a short day and they opt to give it a try which worked out for Steve and Jacob but not so well for mike. Around noon they decided to make it a 3/4 and after missing 15 good bites in a row I was ready to head for home too. I bet Alley (in the pink dress) wouldn't have missed those fish!! See you guys (and girls) again Thursday.
Sonja, and her group decided to do an evening trip after fishing with us a couple days ago. We were catching sharks when this 60 lb tarpon ate and we were able to get both the sharks and the tarpon to the boat. A very busy night with a mixed bag of sizes on the sharks, some in the 40 lb range all the way up to 130 pounds. Nice job on the tarpon AJ!!
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures