Went out with Paul, Mary, Carrie, Debra, Pati and Lisa on a half day yellowtailing today. Not much current but they bit well and we caught lots of dinner for our group. I think Debra was our star pupil but everyone did well at learning the technique.
Caught one 20 lb mahi and 6 others, 3 triple tail (great eating, in the grouper family), a couple skipjack tuna and a couple of porgies. There has been a lot of pressure on the fish the over this weekend and a lot of small boats to compete with so the mahi catch has dropped off some. This week should bring some new fish into the area and make are job a little easier.
Dean and his son Mat limited out with us today on the mahi. No big fish but plenty of schoolies and a few gaffers. This is always a difficult weekend with lots of small boaters out there competing for the fish but we were able to find most of our fish early and picked 1 or 2 at a time the rest of the day to get our 20.
This is more like it's suppose to be this time of the year with 25 mahi on the KKIV. We found most of them at 10 miles on a weed line and the rest at 14 to 16 miles on debris and birds. This is another great group from GAF corp enjoying a day out on the blue water.
Yesterday I heard the mahi fishing was decent and today the trend continued with pretty much everyone catching. We didn't find a lot but and there were boats with more and boats with less but a least they are showing more consistently. Florida irrigation books 20 or so boats each year for their one day tournament and it's a great group of guys. We look forward to doing it again next year.
We hooked two and missed one. The 1st one tried everything he could to get off, going around 3 different channel markers (which we were able to back up to and get the line over), he jumped 6 or 7 different times and drug us half way down the channel till we finally caught him. The 2nd one had taken almost all the line while we were dealing with a shark we had hooked at the same the tarpon ate. Fortunately he went straight down the channel and we caught up to him about half way down it. We got the release just before we got to the last marker in the channel. We jumped one off after that and caught another 4 sharks or so. All in all, a great evening for Robert (grandpa), Barry (his son) and Lane (Barry's son). Nice job on some tough fish Lane!
Charlie and Steve have fished me for a bunch of years and they always bring their good luck with them. This was the first day in quite a few that the mahi have shown in decent numbers for a lot of boats. Hope the trend continues as today we found 20 mahi and half a dozen blackfin tunas .
Curtis comes down every year and fishes a couple days with us. Last year this time we had some great mahi fishing, this time the mahi were scarce but we caught plenty of tuna. Happy bunch of guys even with only one mahi.
Had a beautiful evening out last night with a couple of friends down on their annual "get out of town and relax trip". The blacktips were biting along with the spinners and nurse sharks. We even got a shot a tarpon but he went through the leader. What a gorgeous evening in whale harbor channel!
Last day with this group and the mahi fishing continues to be slow so we tried the yellows again and caught 1 decent black grouper along with the yellowtail. Can't wait till the mahi show up in numbers
Mike is hooked up to a spinner shark and having a blast. There aren't many fish that can take as much line as quickly as these sharks do and then change direction and swim right at you just as fast. Mike and his friends had a great evening catching these speedsters on our evening charter.
Canadians, Tim, Frazier, Gordon and John wanted to catch a grouper today but were they didn't think we would catch four! We also limited out on yellowtail while we were waiting for the grouper bites. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful day.
Wayne brought 40 guys down with him this year for their annual fishing excursion in Islamorada and it sounded like all the other boats had pretty good first day fishing also. We caught 5 grouper, 20 yellowtail, a couple muttons and just for Wayne two trigger fish.
Frank caught this 31 lb black grouper today with us as we got the season off to a great start. Caught a few yellowtails also but Frank's buddy Tom didn't have the stomach to stay out all day so after Tom caught one slightly smaller and we headed home.