We caught bonitas, tilefish, mutton and yellowtail snappers today but the story of the day was Joe, who at 99 years is still getting out to do a little fishing. He told us that his bucket list fish is a sailfish and he plans to come back next year to catch one after his 100th birthday. See you then Joe!!
I have been putting off going off shore for mahi because mahi fishing has been so slow lately but today Bill and his guys elected to try it and since I have been getting better mahi catch reports we went. We did ok and I just hope it gets better and better as we get closer to June and for all those folks coming down that want to catch them.
Lots of sharks and two missed tarpon were what happened during the 1st couple hours of our evening trip tonight. Later in the evening Michael was hooked up to what turned out to be the last and the largest shark of the evening when this tarpon bit, he quickly turned over the shark to his wife Donna and after a 15 minute battle got the tarpon close enough for the release.
These guys bring a big group down every year and with the 20 knot wind, the shortage of mahi and a lot of current, my group decided to stay close. The tails bit well and we ended up with over thirty snapper, a king and a few bonitos.
Tim and his crew wanted to go mahi fishing even after we told them it has not been good at all. We caught a couple early and a few more that were not big enough and that was about all we saw through out the day. Got to 21 miles before we turned around, did a little dropping on the way home and caught a grouper, snapper and porgy to help with dinner for the guys. Long day!
The sharks are back on the yellowtail spots which makes catching the tails a challenge. We lost a bunch at the first spot we were at but did a lot better at the second spot on our short day. Steve and his guys did pretty well today, catching a couple dozen tails and a bull and nurse shark. They fish us again Sunday so we will probably go out and look for the mahi or tunas that day.
There have not been a lot of cobia around this year but one found us today as we were catching yellowtails. We had the big rod down for a grouper but we were pleasantly surprised when this cobia ate the bottom bait. We caught 30 or so tails at a couple different spots and later a bunch of bonitos in the deep water for the guys from Vero Beach. Along with the fish caught by their relatives on the other 2 boats they had plenty of fish for dinners and to take home.
Cliff is holding a 28lb mahi he caught on our trip today. We also caught some schoolies, keeping some and returning some to the ocean to grow up. The last fish of the short day was this big fish and he surprised us by showing up in the green water just as we were starting to bring in the baits.
For two months the yellowtail snappers have been easy to catch at Davis reef, an incredible bite that has been slowing down recently and today, came almost to a halt. We caught a few and the boats that stayed caught a few more but I think it's time to look a other areas for our yellowtail. Jason and his crew caught this nice yellow jack (one of my favorite eating fish) , almaco jacks, kings and porgies, a little slower than it's been but plenty of fish for a few dinners.
Ryan works for a pillow company and a couple years ago promised to bring my wife and I these awesome pillows, today he showed up with two. Perhaps that is why he got to catch the largest mutton snapper he has ever caught or maybe the pillows were not a factor. In any case he brought along his brother in laws and we kept all of them fairly busy with snapper, jacks, bonitos and kingfish through out the day. Still not a lot of mahi around but I have heard slight improvements.
The weather was great , our clients were great and the fishing was very good. what more could you ask for? It took a little finesse to get the yellowtails to bite but once we had them figured out we could have caught our limit, as it was we decided we had plenty and went on to something else. Jon wanted to try the kings and there was a good bite of them at the mako of which we caught five. The nice mutton and assorted other fish kept Jon , Jessie, MJ and Mike busy through out the rest of the day until it was time to head for home.
Frank caught the 2nd largest black grouper that I have ever caught on the KKIV. I caught a 52 lb black with Don Kalis (original owner of the KK) many years ago and today we had CP Kalis on board (Don's Son) with his friends Joe, Michael and Frank. Today's grouper was 46 lbs and we caught it while catching yellowtail snapper out at the reef. We limited out on the tails, caught a decent snowy grouper in the deep woods and a nice porgy to finish up the day. As always a fun time was had by everyone and we look forward to fishing with CP and his buds again soon.
A lot of boats went off shore today looking for the mahi and suffered. We decided to stay in once again and caught our limit of yellowtails, we did venture off to do a little deep dropping with good success on the porgies and caught a snowy grouper. Scott, Jo and Jeff had a great time but were a little unhappy with the weathermen as once again the got the wind speed wrong. They will be back!
The bite was better today and we got a bonus when a mahi swam up to the back of the boat while we were yellowtailing. Dave got a bait out there and i got to gaff him (I don't get many opportunities anymore). The tails were really nice size and everyone was happy with their 1/2 half day adventure.
I did not fish with Wayne Doyle and his guys yesterday due to a scheduling problem but it sound good from what I heard today. Today was not as good with a very strong current on the reef making fishing for grouper and yellowtail a challenge. We caught some yt and a very nice almaco jack and assorted odds and ends. We will see what tomorrow bring as we fish them once more.