For obvious reasons Bob goes by his middle name, his wife laughed when I saw and said his full name, she said he got tried of hearing "come on down" and now goes by his middle name, Shelby. We had a really good time with these two, they just wanted to catch some fish, learn some fishing techniques and enjoy the day.
The tails didn't cooperate but we were able to catch a dozen of them and then tried a few other things close to the reef. Caught one king, four bonitos and four muttons, losing one mutton to a shark but getting the other three to the boat.
Looking forward to fishing with these good folks again.
Alan and his family were so much fun to fish with and Dave and I really enjoyed our day with them. After catching over 30 tails with them, we decided to go to the hump where the blackfin tuna were biting, but by the time we fought our way out there (the waves are still rather large) the good bite was over. Did catch two tunas on the hump so it wasn't a total loss and we caught this nice schoolie mahi on the way home as the bonus fish.
I did get a picture of Scott this morning with his fish as he wanted us in the pic and I forgot to take one with just him. We had a second trip this afternoon with another Scott who may have had a couple beers before this picture was taken. We tried a bunch of spots with his group and caught some jacks and a nice red snapper but over all it was slow this afternoon.
Dave said the yellowtail bite was as good as it gets yesterday but there was still a lot of wind to contend with for Bob and his group. They hung in there for most of the day and only shortened it up a bit toward the end. They had a permit on but the sharks decided they wanted it also so they didn't get that one.
Three generations on with Captain Dave today as Tom took his family out to catch some dinner. Pati and I got back in town late yesterday and took the skiff down to whale harbor late morning to greet the KK as Dave backed the boat in with the morning charter.
Tom had some great compliments for Captain Dave, the boat and the total experience on the KK. Always a pleasure to know we are sending people home with good memories and that they will be back to do it again at some future time.
Steve, Jake, Carrie and JJ have been out with us on many trips but yesterday was the first one with Captain Dave at the wheel.
They had another great day on the KK catching over 30 yellowtails, a few permit and a major triggerfish. Dave will be out with them this afternoon for a short trip as they have to get back to reality tomorrow.
Captain Dave had another good day yesterday catching 1 out of 2 sails, 3 out of four permit and a dozen yellowtail snapper. Tim and his mother had an awesome day catching the big fish they were looking for and dinner before they headed back up north and home. Tim is trying to get another day next month for more fishing, we will see if I have anything left that fits his schedule.
Josh brought his family along to fish and fish they did. We caught over thirty yellowtails so their group could have a couple nice meals (large group)over the next couple days, a couple vermillon snapper and three permits. Lisa was our top angler, catching an estimated 30 lb permit (largest for us this year) for the last fish of the day and did an excellent job catching it. They are a very strong fighting fish and when they get that big they are extreme.
Hope to get Josh and his kids out again later this week on our evening shark trip, it should be fun!
We had Jan and her son Charley on board today for a little mother son bonding time while Jan's husband Dave staying back on dry land and visited Theater of The Sea with Charley's sister.
We had a really good time with the two of them as Jan was a good student with not much fishing experience but plenty of interest in getting it right. Caught our 20 tails and tried to get Charley a permit but they were difficult and the one we did get hooked up found something sharp to go around and broke us off.
For those that love eating the yellowtail snappers it the right time to be fishing for them. They are hungry, big and it doesn't seem to matter a lot where you go, if the conditions are halfway good they will bite.
Dave took James, Gladys, Phil and Chris out and caught over thirty this morning. They also caught some big red snapper that were released (out of season) and a permit. Dave told me they sailfished for a while but did not see one today.
We did not catch them but after catching our limit of tails, catching a permit, catching a few american red snappers, we jumped a sailfish off and had another one up in the baits that we never got the hook into. We were not alone as there were other boats that caught or had opportunities at sailfish today, it's nice that they are still around.
Kept Kevin busy catching fish today and hopefully we get to see him and his wife again soon to make another try at that sail.
John was on the boat a couple days ago with the younger folks but today it was the grownup's turn.
The large tails bit well once again but after that we struggled, tried numerous spots for sails and/or bottom fish catching one decent mutton snapper along the way.
Finally in the very last hour we found the permits on the surface and hooked the first one which got into the wreck, we then hooked a second one which proceeded to get eaten by a large shark. On our final try we finally caught this really nice one but just barely as there was a shark hard on it's tail chasing it to the boat.
Good day with the guys, look forward to fishing with them again soon.
Tony was not interested in eating fish, he wanted his children Holly and Nick to catch something exciting , like a sailfish.
Not a whole lot happened in the beginning of the day as we worked a color change in 250 feet but we did catch one mahi. Decided to head up to the permit spot where all three of them were able to catch a big permit which put us in positive territory for the day.
It was very weedy but I found an area that wasn't too bad, caught a couple more mahi and then up came the sailfish. Caught that one moved to another location , missed one that i think saw the bait coming in the air because he was on it seconds after it hit the water.
Returned to the dock with happy anglers taking some great memories home with them
Bill called me up as we were getting ready for our late morning trip yesterday and wanted to know if I knew of anyone that could take them out because his reservation with another boat had fallen through. I ask Dave and he said he would do the late trip, so Dave loaded Bill and his companions up after noon and off they went. They had an awesome late 3/4 day with the tuna and the permit. Way to go Captain Dave!
Large yellowtails today on our morning trip with most of them caught by our star anglers Abby and Zack.
John brought his family out today to enjoy the beautiful conditions and it was fairly nice in the morning but we did have a swell from the south that combined with the strong current to make us rock a bit. Everyone did well for most of the morning but it was decided to shorten the trip as we had 30 fat tails and a couple queasy stomachs.
john will be back on Wednesday with some of this crew to do it all over again.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures