Stacey Holden booked a Kay K IV fishing trip for her family to enjoy while on their vacation. We initially headed out for some black fin tunas and then started to head out a little further in search of mahi. Neither of which were looking very promising. So I went to the reef and anchored up for some yellowtail snapper. Stacies husband Doug and their two daughters seemed to be quite the angler. They caught on quickly and were producing a nice catch in no time. They even had to beat a couple of bull sharks in order to catch the fish on more than one occasion. This family really wanted to do the catching instead of handed a rod with a fish on and told to reel. They did such a great job and had a lot fun. I hope the rest of their vacation was as good.
On Sunday we had a tough time finding keeper size fish. We worked hard and found a lot of fish , just very little legal size mahi. We also tried the yellowtail snapper that day and had very little luck. Some days are like that, and I feel like we work harder those days. Edwardo and his son still had a great day and that is what is important.
We just had another great day on the ocean. With John and Tracy around its going to be a fun day. We trolled out to six hundred feet of water and that's where we found our first school of mahi. Soren and Nash had very little experience on the ocean, but they did well catching about twenty fish in that school.It was a good start With twelve keepers in the cooler. the next school we found produced seven more keepers . then we caught a few more after that. On our way in there was a enough time and we stopped on the reef and caught eight really nice Yellowtail snappers. you couldn't ask for better weather, and if the weather man is right, its going to stay like that for at least another week.
Three guys walked up while I was cleaning fish yesterday and were impressed with my catch. Like normal , we chatted about fishing and went our separate ways. A few hours later my phone rang and they booked me for today. Well it turns out they fished the day before and had only caught a couple of fish. We've all had those days. So we headed out at their request to catch mahi and Grouper. We never caught the grouper but we limited out on the mahi and caught three nice Yellowtail snappers to top the catch off. They were a lot of fun and I hope we see them again.
Tom books this trip every year for his friends to get together and fish. Some times its rough and that's the chance he takes. This year though, the conditions were great. they wanted to fish for maki for a little while and then deep drop with electric reels for a little while. So we did and were successful with both. We caught ten mahi in the first half of the trip. The second half of the trip resulted in two alma jacks, eleven vermillion snapper, and a snowy grouper. These guys couldn't have been happier. Another great day on the Kay K. We'll see them again next year, they've already booked their dates.
Ken and Dillon came down from Tampa to do a little mahi fishing. We started the day at a grass patch in eighteen feet of water catching cigar minnows so we'd have some live bait. After that we set forth on our journey and headed offshore. We found a few keepers in about six hundred and fifty feet , then nothing else out to sevenfifty. So I came back in and worked our way down a weed line in six hundred where we found some more fish. there wasn't the mother load ,but I'm hoping this is the start of a good season. Ken, Dillon and my mate Jeff did an excellent job using a variety of baits to catch these fish.
After a day on the ocean, we took it easy close to shore. Mother and daughter dueled it out catching back to back nurse sharks. Daughter Emma managed to also bring in a fair sized sting ray that made some fast runs and took a lot of line. The tide slacked off, so we decided it was a good time for a break and went for a little boat ride down the channel. When we got back the tide had changed and we finished the evening with a few more sharks before it was time to go. The smiles on Cheyrl and Emmas face proved to be another successful trip.
We shared a great experience with the fellas from Dyke Industries. However, the weather was a little blustery, we managed to put a catch together. The blacken tunas were biting on the Islamorada hump. We spent some time searching for Mahi and could only come up with undersized fish. We switched our plan to the reef and caught some very nice yellowtail snapper. This group will have a nice dinner with this catch and some fishing techniques to use in the future.
Every year we fish the Keymorada Fishing Invitational which helps raise funding for the Crohns & Colitis Foundation. This year we started out with capturing a few permit near a wreck. We released these fish since they are out of season. We also caught several yellowtail snapper for the dinner banquet. The seas were calm and it was a beautiful day.
The day began like most trips. We set our goals and made a plan. The goal was mani. So we stopped for some live bait prior to heading offshore. Unfortunately the bait was uncooperative and after checking another area with the same results, we decided to head offshore. We found a broken weed line and pulled one Mahi off of it. Continuing out we stopped at the Islamorada hump and caught a dozen Blackfin Tuna. After that we decided to keep going. We searched out to 800 feet and found several small mahi that didn't want much to do with us. The Mahi fishing should start getting better after this full moon. On the back in we stopped at the reef and caught a couple nice yellowtail snapper to help compliment the day.
This is Captain Dave keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures