What a great time we had again on our evening trip wtih folks from St Augustine . John, Dare , grandad and the kids had just an awesome time catching sharks, including a 5 foot lemon shark at the very end of the evening. No tarpon tonight but the sargassum weed was really bad tonight and that may have kept them from biting.
Sophia and her sister were our stars today as we sat on the reef on a half day. As young as she is, Sophia is really into fishing and we had a blast teaching her the basic of catching yellowtail snapper.
Another day with Nancy, Mike, Sandy, Rick and Rodger and this time they wanted to catch yellowtail and do some deep dropping. For a while the yellows bit pretty well at a couple spots but then they would shut down or get shut down by the barracudas taking them out. We ended up with over 30 tails and a fat vermillon at a deep spot (to much current not enough time) on our shorten day. The group had a good time as usual and we enjoy fishing with them.
We caught 25 today and worked really hard to find them, quite a change in 24hrs but that fishing. Steve, Charlie, Joe and Bobby have fished with me since 2004 and have already booked next year for another mahi trip. We look forward to seeing them every year as they are a great group of guys.
The mahi fishing just keeps getting better, the fish are still nice size and we do not have to go as far as we did a few days ago. The only problem becomes what do fish for after putting 40 mahi in the box, not really a bad problem after struggling to put our catches of mahi together for the a good part of this season. Lisa, Heather, Chuck and their kids had a busy morning and then we ended up back on the reef catching mackerel, bonitas and sharks while looking for a mutton snapper or grouper. Lots of fish to be packed and shipped but also a lot of great meals to look forward to in the next few months.
Really nice schoolies today and lots of them. Jeff and his family were treated to great weather and great fishing on the KK today. We caught over 40 mahi and our folks had to go and buy an extra cooler to transport all their fillets back home. Great crew , we look forward to fishing with them again. No black marker for this group!
Couple evenings ago we took Barry and his lady out for the evening shark/tarpon trip. They are visiting from Ireland and although I didn't believe at the time it was lucky, they had 3 tarpon in the air but did not catch any of them, they did catch about 10 sharks and a barracuda. Last evening we took Steve and his new bride out on the same trip and although we caught some nice snapper that they took to the restaurant for dinner and caught one shark, that was it. I guess the luck of the Irish does work.
one of the first things Kean Sr. said to me as he got on the boat was that he had had 5 heart attacks and he reached into his pocket and showed me where he kept his nitroglycerin spray. Just when I think I have heard it all somebody comes up with something new. Fortunately there was no need to test the spray and we were able to catch 18 nice mahi without incident.
Yesterday was a very difficult day, Logan and his crew were patient to the end but we just didn't find many fish. Today we caught 30 heavy lifters and nice schoolies for Rick and the gang and although it wasn't exactly easy today ether (we ended up 28 miles out) we were successful in finding one big school and a number of smaller schools that made our day. Nancy and Mike have already made plans with us for a reef trip next week and Rick is coming back to fish again when his son's schedule allows.
It was Victor's birthday but Victor was nice enough to let his son Alex catch this 40 lb mahi. We caught him out around 19 miles under a weed patch where I had seen him trying to catch a small mahi seconds earlier. Caught a few smaller mahi and we stopped at the reef on the way home so they could catch a few yellowtails for tonight's dinner
Two Daves on board today, my mate Dave and our client Dave both of which are a little hard of hearing so there times both would respond to my instructions and times i could get nether to respond. Didn't rmatter to much as Dave wanted something other then mahi so we caught our limit of snapper and did a little deep dropping. Caught our one snowy grouper, and our blueline tiles along with a couple tunas and one mahi.
Another big tournament today with 15 boats involved, most of them out of Whale Harbor and it was another successful event. We caught over 30 mahi, had some large schoolies and some regular schoolies. The tournament folks passed out these tiny pink kid rod/reel combos and offered prizes for the most fish caught on it. We caught 2 mahi on it, not sure if our guys won anything but we all had fun watching Ray try to catch fish on that tiny push button reel.
Once again fished with folks from One Hope organization and once again had a nice day with them. We did have to dodge rainstorms for part of the day which hurt our catch some but we still had close to 20 big schoolie mahi.
Dave was are sole client today so we started with the yellowtail snapper, knowing we would probably catch our limit of mahi. It took an hour but we caught our limit of snapper and then headed out to the deep looking for the mahi. Lots and lots of sargassum weed out there to look through and we looked through a bunch of it, but we did indeed find our 10 mahi to complete our double limit. Dave will be back on Friday to have a go at more fish limits.
These fine folks are from various parts of the country and they gathered down here in the keys for a little r&r from their work with orphaned and displaced children. It sounds like they do great work for some of the worlds most defenseless small people. We had a good day even with all the rain that was in the area today.
Rick, Ken and Chris had quite an evening out in Whale Harbor Channel. We had the mature group of guys on our boat and the youngsters were on another boat next to us so there was a little bit of friendly competition that was going on. Each of our guys got to catch a tarpon along with several sharks during the trip. We finally took pity on them, pulled the anchor and went home, last time I look they were still out there. Old guys rule !!!
Dave was finally able to get the hook into this beautiful sailfish after several misses and our guys from Chicago had their first ever sailfish. We caught a dozen and a half of yellowtail snapper and a handful of mahi before catching this beast so the boys had plenty for dinner and a story to go with.
One more tournament for us today and the mahi being a little scarce our folks from GAF opted to spent a couple hours at the reef yellowtailing. The bite was on and we caught 30 very nice ones in a couple hours. Great group of people, some of which have fish the KK before and a couple that will be coming back for their second trip.
Yesterday and today we fished guys that are in the OZ tournament, not sure who OZ was or is but we have had two awesome days with these folks. Yesterday we limited out on mahi and today we caught a 60 lb white marlin to top yesterday's catch. It has been a few years since I have caught a white marlin, although we have caught several blue marlin in recent history, it was a real thrill to catch one today with these guys. Not in Kansas anymore are we Toto!
After having to work really hard to put a decent catch together over the last week or so the mahi showed in numbers today. Our guys from upstate NY had never experienced mahi fishing like this (for some it was their first fishing charter) and they were all very happy at the end of the day.
Not sure who the biker was in this group but Bob was definitely the Indian chief as he was the one that set this trip up for today. Bob brought his wife and friends down from The Village in central Florida to fish with us and if there are more like these fine folks up there I hope we get to see more folks from that huge complex north of Orlando. They had fun and we had fun with them, catching yellowtails in a spot we could not get a bite yesterday, catching a couple legal muttons and catching a king to finish up a really nice half day.
It may not be as satisfying as the Mediterranean diet but it is really quick weight loss! This was a very large black grouper before the shark got to him and I was still able to get a few pounds of meat off him on the cleaning table. We stayed on the reef as Mike and his group wanted and although the yellowtails did not bite, we caught a bunch of fat vermillon snapper and assorted other species.
Jake with his first ever tarpon. What an exciting evening trip with the 1st tarpon almost jumping into a passing boat twice and non=stop shark action with our four Canadians hooked up with 4 sharks all at the same time on a couple of occasions and the total shark count way into the double digits by the end of the trip.
Almost did not get to go today as Spencer thought we had called off the date but fortunately we got things straightened out and they were there bright and early for the trip. Tough day of mahi fishing with very few boat coming back with more than around a dozen fish. So far this year has not been very consistent where the mahi are concerned but hopefully this will change.