Stella caught the tarpon tonight but everyone including 9 year of Millie caught their share of sharks and Millie caught the only stingray this evening. An all girl team they did great going from raw beginners to good anglers in a very short amount of time. Thanks ladies hope to see you again some time.
Mitch and his guys may not have thought it was that much better wind wise today than it been the last several days but it was. We caught our limit of tunas on the Islamorada hump early along with a mahi and then headed back to the reef to give some of the guys some relief. Tony caught this nice permit and also a big red snapper both of which we released. Tried a couple other things but by then it was time to head back to the marina. I wish I could say that all these guys will be back for another offshore trip but I think most will chose the shallow water side of the keys next time.
Captains make lots of decisions during the day, some lead to the fish some don't, today we went east instead of west and we never stopped finding fish the whole day. Mike, Carter and Shane had been out with us a couple days ago for a half day and it was slow, today was anything but slow as we caught our limit of 30 fish only throwing back a very few that were undersized. The guys were packing their fish up an headed back to North Carolina in a couple days and looking forward to a return trip next year.
The last couple outings have been just OK, yesterday we started late and the tails had already seen too much, two days ago I had my longest returning clients on board and it was one of those days we should not have left the dock. Today was great. We caught 20 tails and then it was time to look for something stronger and we found it with the permit catching 2 out of 3 in short order. I think Megan's was the biggest but Kevin's wasn't far behind. Jason's was probably the largest hooked but we never got to see it as it got around something and went through the leader. Good time by all and we will see this group again soon.
Steve caught a big mutton with us last week and his family pulled in another 4 muttons that day. We didn't see any mutton snapper today although we did spend some time in the areas we catch them, we just caught a lot of nice yellowtail. Diane and Mike were the newbies on board today but learned quick and caught their share. We won't see Steve again this year but he will definitely be back for more come 2021!
Strange weather day, looking more like a day off the coast of Jersey than off the Florida Keys. The current was into the wind again and the trash fish were very prevalent but we were able to catch our limit again in a few hours. After that it was a struggle but Eric and the others were pleased to have all those yellowtail and they excepted the slowdown as just part of a fishing day. Always a pleasure have these guys on board and we know we will see them again soon.
Rick thought this would be a 3/4 or full day as of yesterday when he booked it but it was a different day today as the wind came back and although not as rough as two days ago it was still a trial. The wind was into the current but the snapper bit and by the time Mike, Rick, Abbey and Alison were ready to head in we had caught 40 fish. Really enjoyed our time with this family and hope they come back soon.
Last day for Joe and the boys and it went pretty well with some new players. Took about a hour and a half to catch our limit of tails and then we decided to look in the deeper water for mahi. Found a pallet in 300 ft that had 8 or 9 fish on it and we were able to catch five. Came back to the reef , looked for the permit but never saw them so we put out our ballyhoo and up came a sail. We almost got the release after a 20 minute fight but he went through the leader after putting on a good show. A good finale for the guys from Arizona and we look forward to seeing them back here sometime in the future.
I have never caught a 5 lb yellowtail before and I didn't catch one today but did come close with a 4.4 lb yellowtail and a 4.7 lb yellowtail. The other interesting thing was one was the first fish we caught at that spot and the other was the last snapper we caught at that spot. They obviously were not all that big but we did catch over 30 nice big ones along with the two jumbos. Tomorrow is our last day with Joe, Shawn, Zack and Barry and we will see if we change it up or continue with the snapper.
We started strong catching 40 yellowtail snapper in a couple hours with a few predator problems that slowed us up. After that we got stopped by the sharks as we tried to catch the AJ and after that the fish we caught deep dropping were all out of season so the guys decided to head for home a little early. We have the same group tomorrow so we will see how things go.
Heck of a day for John and his Michigan guys. They wanted to catch different fish today and not necessarily eating fish as we had caught a lot of good eating fish yesterday so we started wahoo tolling but the sargassum was too prevalent and we could not keep the baits clean. Stopping up in the pickles reef area we bounced the bottom, caught 3 nice mutton snapper and a large black grouper to get things started. I had brought some crabs along so we went to a spot that can hold permit and they were there and they were hungry We caught two, crossing off that species from John's bucket list. I decided to stay in the area and put out our ballyhoo for a sail and it wasn't long till we had him on. The guys loved the day and so did Dave and I. Looking forward to seeing them again next year.
Finally got a nice day with 10 to 15 knots of wind, a huge improvement over the last few days and very much appreciated. We fished the GAF guys today, we haven't seen them in 2 years because of the pandemic and it was good to get them back out on the boat with us again. The yellowtails bit well this morning but once they slowed up we went in, got some live bait and tried bouncing the bottom in 200 ft. but conditions were not good for that type of fishing and we headed to the Islamorada hump. Caught a couple legal mahi on the way out and never got to the hump stopping at another deep spot where the big Vermillons were biting well. Caught 13, lost a few to the predators and headed for the barn. Several of the guys are coming back in July and the rest will be back again next year. Good times!
It was like a different day this afternoon in whale harbor channel, this wind was from the northwest about 12 knots and the sun was shinning. We had Brian, jack and Sandra from Connecticut with us and the bite was on. Caught at least 10 sharks, one stingray and jumped a big tarpon off wearing jack down in the process. Everyone had a good time and plenty of great memories to take home with them.
The single digit wind speed we were told to expect by the forecasters never happened, in fact the wind blew 30 most of the morning, while it was not bad at the begining when we anchored down the wind and wave heights kept increasing all morning till we started see six to eight footers occasionally. Robert and his crew were real sailors and although there were a couple that were starting to feel a little queasy toward the end no one got sick. The tails bit well as our anchor slowly dragged through the sand and we ended up shallow but we still caught two dozen tails before deciding to call it a day.
Yosee didn't want to get up too early today so he and Daniel drove in to the marina around 10 or so and off we went. There was a strong wind from the south and it was definitely rough even on the edge where we anchored down for the snapper. Caught our limit in about an hour and Yosee said he wanted to go some where calmer and catch a shark so we headed back to the marina. While Yosee and Daniel took some of the freshly caught snapper up to the restaurant for lunch I cleaned the rest of the fish afterwards headed back out to the channel and caught a couple sharks. Always fun to have Yosee on board, we never know quite what to expect but it's usually a different approach.
John and his guys came all the way from Arizona to fish with us and they had a great time even though the yellowtail bite was off somewhat. The tails were bigger than yesterday and we did catch a couple kings a small mutton and one large mutton.
Second day for Steve and his family. JJ, Lisa, Mike and Jacob all had their moments of glory today, some with big fish, some with most fish, some with biggest snapper and some with biggest missed fish but all had a great time and we enjoyed fishing with them.
The last time Steve and Tracy fished with us Tracy was pregnant with Jenna. I don't know why they waited so long but we were happy to have them back. Jenna goes into high school next year and Tara (her sister) is in fifth grade and dad wanted them to get out and experience a fishing day. I hope we didn't ruin future trips for them because the yellowtail bite was as good as it gets, not sure future trips will be as good. Caught a few vermillon snapper to add a little more color and a couple almoco jacks to round thing out. Once again had a great time with this family and hope to see them again soon.
We had to return a few to the dock today after getting to the reef and starting to catch the snapper. Ivan's crew went from 6 to 2 quickly once we hit the dock but the two that were left had a great time.
Some days it all works and today was one of those days. The conditions were absolutely perfect for yellowtail fishing and the big fish were hungry. Steve, Mike, Carrie and JJ are really good anglers and they didn't miss many fish so it was only a few hours till we had our limit. From there we went to catch some live bait and bounced the bottom with them, catching four big mutton snapper and one smaller one. Looking forward to Thursday and having Steve and his group on board again. Hopefully it will be as good as it was today..
We had more wind two days ago but the current was with it, today the current started going into the 20 knot wind and it became very rough, especially when we got out to 400 ft where we caught a few mahi that were too small to keep. Caught a couple jacks at the little hump big our big AJ got eaten. The yellowtails bit OK in the morning but the bigger ones were not as numerous so all in all a not very memorable day except for the beating we took. John and Scott two sons did great even during the worst of it, tough guys!
John brought his daughter Sophia and his father along today to fish with us and although I gave them every opportunity to bail because of the 25 knots of wind John still wanted to go. It was a slow ride out, stopping for bait near the reef but not finding any we decided to go right to the snapper spot and anchor down. We caught small fish to start but the longer we were there the nicer they got and if the anchor hadn't kept dragging due to the high wind we probably would have had our limit in a hour our so. As it was I had to reset the anchor several time as we slowly got blown passed the structure that held them. We ended up catching our limit and Sophia was our top angler for the day. Thanks folks, see you next time.
Omar fished with us back in December and returned today with his family picking the best weather day we have had in a while. WE started with the AJs, Omar getting the first crack at getting one up and he caught a pretty big one but after that his Wife Nancy got on the rod and smoked him, besting him with her AJ by at least 15 lbs. Max came in third with a modest sized one. We dropped some after that not doing a whole lot but catching some nice red snapper and a vermillon. Ended up with the yellowtails catching over 40 in an hour or so and that was our day. Lots of fish to take back to Coral Gables for the neighborhood fish fry!
Really nice people again this evening, Melissa, Hennie, Gaby and Sebastian a family from PA that wanted to catch a few sharks and enjoy the evening. We did both, talking about all kinds of things while getting to know each other and catching 8 or 9 sharks in the process. More good folks!