The number of mahi out there is truly amazing. We caught 40 today for our folks from PA and Maryland and I didn't stop to even check out the 5 or 6 schools we saw on the way home. Brett, Tia, Robin and Justine had a lot of fillets to take home with them, minus the few they were going to take to the restaurant to eat tonight. Tomorrow is a half day so we will probably spend it on the reef.
Mark got to catch a wide variety of species today, starting with the mahi. We had Evan on board also so we were allowed 20 mahi and the 1st school we found a 19 miles had all we needed. We worked are way back toward the reef, stopping to deep drop at a few places and caught some porgies, yelloweye and a decent snowy grouper. The reef was extremely clear again as it was 2 days ago but unlike 2 days ago there was very little current. Caught a few tails, a couple nice mangrove snapper and a 10 lb black grouper. Mark is taking his fish back to Louisville for a huge fish fry. Hope to see him again soon. Have a safe trip Mark.
Kerry and Fred with their limits of yellowtail and mahi today. Started a 8:30 this morning so we were behind everyone else heading off shore but at 16 miles we fond our first school and later found a piece of debris that had the rest that we needed. Decided to work our way in to the reef and yellowtail and although we could see the bottom in 80 feet the tails still bit. Finished up with them and headed to the dock. Great guys and we will see them again sometime soon.
Hooked this tarpon up at the very end of the evening, in fact I had the engines running while Dave made a last drift. He took a lot of line to start and it took us a minute to get the anchor up, so by the time we started back on him he had gone on the shallow side of one of the markers and I couldn't get around it because of the skinny water. I sent Dave to the top of the tower with the rod and we were able to get the line up and over the channel marker and then able to follow the fish down the channel where we caught him. It was all pretty exciting and Megan will always remember her 1st tarpon caught on the KK. We also caught a few sharks and had a couple more tarpon on during the evening but the last one was the best one.
I really try to discourage 1/2 day mahi trips but today I got talked into it. Joe and his family were happy with what we caught but I was disappointed because we just ran out of time at 17 miles. We caught a handful but we just needed a little more time out there to put together a good catch.
Been a little while since we had our good friends John and Shannez out on the boat but we were able to get them today. We went out over 20 miles and found some nice fish on turtles and then found some more really nice fish on the way back. Always enjoy having them out with us and look forward fishing with them again.
We have had a couple really tough fishing days with these guys in the last year but they didn't give up on us. Today it all came together and we found lots of nice fish for them to take home and eat. Great group of guys, even though a couple of them had a little problem with sea sickness I never heard one complaint. See you soon guys.
5 year old Gavin caught a 60 lb AJ the last time he was on board the KK and this time he catches a monster mahi. Truthfully Justin caught the big fish but Gavin was there for moral support and even though it was pretty rough today he hung in there all day long. We caught some schoolies to go along with the big fish but everything looked small next to this fish. This was the 1st mahi I have caught that was over 50 lbs in a long time and it was the talk of the dock this afternoon.
i couldn't seem to get lined up on the today and although we caught some early it took all day to put the catch together. We ended up with some really nice fish, plenty for our group from GAF to have many good meals.
My clients this morning had their 5 year old with them and none of them had been blue water fishing before. When mom mentioned to me that she gets car sick I suggested they may want to try a day later in the week when the wind comes down. I set them up on another boat for Friday (I am booked) and thought we were going to spend another day on dry. Half hour later these 3 folks showed up behind the boat and wanted to go. We ended up the day with a nice catch of mahi and tuna. Leon, Leon and Bree did great but we did shorten the day a bit to get Bree back on solid ground.
It's what they wanted so we stayed inside of 300 feet and caught fish. The current was running hard and this made the yellowtail bite difficult for the guys to see and having to learn the technique of yellowtailing was difficult with that much current. We still caught a couple dozen but missed at least that many more. Managed to miss a couple groupers also, and a couple muttons along with a few other species.Every once in a while you get a day like that, but everybody had a good time and they had a bunch of fish to ship back to NJ.
Last year the mahi didn't show (or anything close to normal) this since Memorial Day has been as good as it gets. Not a whole lot of big fish but lots of legal schoolies. We had over 30 fish in the box by 8 o'clock and while we looked for big fish for several hours, I finally decided to catch the balance and limit us out after not seeing any that were much bigger than what we had been catching. I just hope it continues for the rest of the season.
We meet a lot of great kids on our boat that love to fish, Jack and Julia are right there at the top of the list. Good attitudes, experienced fisher people and fun to be around, it made for a great day on the water. We had our limit of mahi by 10 in the morning so we went back to the reef were we caught our limit of 2 black grouper and finish off with our limit of 20 yellowtail snapper! Mom and Dad aren't really interested in fishing so I'm not sure where these kids got their love of it but they will be back in the spring to do it all over again.
We had Kim and Tracy (moms to these 3 boys) out a couple months ago and it was a very short day. Today the plan was to stay on the reef and it was a good plan because everyone did just fine. Caught a bunch of yellowtail, a yellow jack, a cero mackerel and assorted other fish. Everyone had a great time and there was enough fish to take some back to Michigan.
Ended up shortening the day yesterday as we had 3 that were not feeling well and you can tell by the smiling faces they were happy to be back on solid ground. Lots of mahi out there but we didn't have a lot of time to find them.
Thought we were going to spend most of the day out catching mahi but with the 18 knots of wind and the strong current into it, the seas were a bit more than Peter could handle. He did not complain but I could tell he needed some relief from the seasickness so we returned to the reef where the seas we less frightening, We had a really good few hours on the reef, catching 3 black grouper, the biggest was a solid 30 pounds, 14 or so yellowtails with one approaching 5 lbs and some other big but lesser tails. Peter made a comeback and successfully caught the largest grouper. Greg caught the tarpon last evening and Peter caught the big grouper so the both get to go home with bragging rights
The tarpon bite was pretty decent tonight (although we only caught one), we had our opportunities and needed a little luck even with the one we did catch. He ran around 2 markers and we thought we had loss him both times but in each situation we came tight once again. Pete and Greg came all the way from Canada to fish with us and after a little coaching they got the hang of things and so now they are all set for tomorrow and our full day out in the blue water. It will be fun.
Tom and his group wanted to do something different today after catching a bunch of mahi yesterday so we stayed close. The big yellowtails bit some but it was a slow pick and we ended up going to 3 different spots to catch them. We also tried bouncing the bottom for the muttons but the strong current with the wind made this very difficult. The group is headed out to one of our local restaurants to have some of their fish cooked up this evening and before they left they were discussing their return in December for sailfish season. Looking forward to it guys!
Our guys from Cleveland were pretty disappointed this morning as the Warriors took a 3 game lead in the finals but they were not disappointed with our mahi today. It was very rough and a few of the guys didn't feel very good for most of the day (alcohol last night may have been a contributing factor) but they hung in there and caught over 35 nice schoolies during our day. Tomorrow we may stay on the reef as they want to catch yellowtail and other reef fish and the wind is supposed to come way down so it should be pleasant.
We almost didn't go today as the rain was falling and the wind was blowing this morning as we got to the bait patch. We were discussing whether to continue on or head back when the rain quit and the clouds parted, so off we went. It was was best mahi fishing I've seen so far this year with set after set of schoolies. We had to pick out the bigger fish from each school but by 11:00 we were very close to our limit of 30 fish. We did find a final school that was almost all heavy lifters but by then we only need a few to reach our limit. Mark, Mary and Bobby did an outstanding job today and we look forward to fishing with them again soon.
The wind was up and we did some rocking and rolling today but these boys didn't have a single problem with the seas. Mom wasn't so lucky but she didn't complain and stuck it out all day while the boys caught fish. Saw a lot of mahi today but wasn't able to find a big pack of legal fish so we had to pick away at them, catching 1 or 2 legal ones out of the schools. Tomorrow it is supposed to blow just a little harder and we will be out there again, hopefully finding that big school of nicer fish early.