It's not been a great Mahi season so far this year but yesterday there were decent mahi catches by the boats that looked for them.
Today I decided to go looking for the mahi with Charlie, Steve, Joe and Gary on board. Steve thought this was their 8th year that they have fished on the Kaykiv and I always look forward to their yearly trip. We ended up with 20 or so fish up to 17 lbs.
The yellow tails continue to bite well. We had Curtis, Burt and some of their family members out yesterday. Unfortunately a couple of them didn't feel all that well so after catching 20 plus yellow tail we took them back and headed out to the deep. We spent the rest of the day catching porgies, tiles and a nice 12 lb snowy.
Half day yellowtailing today with Randy, Robin, Nancy and Jim. Caught 20 plus , looked for a mutton or grouper and since 3 out of the 4 were not feeling well we headed in. They had plenty of fillets for many meals to take back to Fort Myers.
Dr John and his wife Shanaya were out with us today for a full day and we started with the yellowtail. I couldn't get them to bite at first but eventually they decided to go. we caught a small mutton snapper and had another Big mutton or grouper on that we failed to get. Went off shore after that but never saw a mahi.
Seem like we go from one extreme to another with the wind. Today was hot with no breeze until later in the afternoon.
I have Bill Colby and his buddies from PA for two days and we decided to yellowtail and deep drop today and look for the mahi tomorrow. Caught 12 or so yellowtail shallow and then the porgies, vermillions and a nice snowy grouper in the deep.
Beautiful day today with light winds and flat seas. Since the mahi are still not here in the numbers that they should be, we decided to stay on the reef and instead caught the yellowtails, vermillion snappers, AJ's, margates and mutton snappers. We had Dr Steve and some of his family on board for this great day of fishing and they are already planning their next outing.
We did a shark trip last evening and the spinner sharks were biting big time. They are not really big as sharks go (average 50 lbs) but on 30 lb spinning gear they make incredible runs and will jump like a tarpon.
We caught two out of the 6 spinners we had hooked up snd one nurse. The customers went home tired and happy.
Fished the 1st day of the keymorada tournament today with Randy, Carlos, Tom and Doug. With a little pre warning from the captain that it was going to be rough and the mahi fishing has not been great, they decided they wanted to try it anyway. Around 18 miles we finally started to find some mahi and the 30 #er pictured was the last fish of the day. Tough fish, it took around 45 minutes to finally get the gaff into this fish.
north wind, no current and super clear water make for great diving but tough fishing. we caught some nice yellowtail and mackerel before going offshore looking for the mahi. Around 17 to 20 miles we found a lot of small fish with a few keepers mixed in. Hopefully when the wind comes around to the east and southeast the mahi fishing will pick up.
Tough day on the water. The yellowtail didn't want to bit very well, we caught around a dozen. The mahi were almost nonexistent, we caught 2 that were undersized. Deep dropping was tough, although we did catch 2 very nice vermillons and a yellow eye snapper, then on the way home we did catch this 25 lb wahoo. Guess it wasn't too bad of a day. Better than working as my clients said.
windy the last few days. Caught the yellowtails early but after almost reaching our limit my customers wanted to look for the mahi. I warned them it was going to be rough but they wanted to try. It only took an hour or so in the deep water for them to decide it was more than they had bargained for. Caught this nice mahi on the way home.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures