I knew we were in trouble when Joe started getting sick at the bait patch and I hoped the first spot we went to would produce fish, it didn't. At the next spot the yellowtail came right up but the current was more than I had anticipated and we ended up on the wrong side of the wreck. We reanchored, got it right and caught 15 yellowtails in 20 minutes and then David said it was time to go. Devin was our hero of the day, she caught most of the snapper and had a great time doing it.
Tried a number of thing this morning but nothing worked very well. There was no current on the reef for the yellowtails, the bottom bouncing only produced an undersized mutton and there were no bites at the first couple spots we tried deep dropping but last spot was magic. Caught 3 vermillons on the first drop, dropped one on the way up and caught one on the second drop, caught a margate on the third drop and we were just getting started. Dr Mike had been watching the dark skies and after the third drop he suggested we head in as the lightening and rain were getting a little too close for comfort. The rain and wind started before we got back but we got everyone back safe and we had caught enough fish for a few dinners. We get another chance with this group on Thursday ... offshore again.
After the missing covid year the team is back and we are so glad to have them here with us to do a little fishing! Today was their first day out and although it was a little rough the fishing was good and we were able to catch over 20 mahi. Tomorrow we plan on staying on the reef, targeting various species of snapper. Always fun and good entertainment..
We have seen some strips of green water (the mahi don't like the green water) over the last week or so that start around 250 ft and end around 450 ft where the water turns to that deep ocean blue color. Today the green started about the same depth but it did not turn blue until some boats were 20 miles out. We were fortunate in that I went to the east and stayed out of the green for most of the morning catching a fish here and there and starting to put our catch together. Once we got out to 17 miles or so we found a few bird sets, a few schools of fish, one cargo net catching over 20 mahi by the time it was to go home.
There wasn't a captain out there today that didn't think it was extremely rough this morning, the wind was cranking around 20 knots, the current was running into it at 2.5 knots and not a day for the faint of heart. I did not sugarcoat it, explaining to Dan and his family at the dock what to expect but a "we're game" response was what I got to my warning. They did great with only Garret succumbing to the sickness, the rest had a great time catching over 30 mahi (one 20 lb fish) and a tuna fish for Travis. Excellent anglers and sailors in very difficult conditions.
We need rain but would prefer it on land unlike today where most of it fell on our boat. We still managed to put a decent catch together with the help of Tom and Mary, Rich and Gwen. A lot of current today also, which made it rough in the early morning but by 10 the wind had let up and it got better. The big one and a schoolie came off a piece of debris but that was it all that was at that spot. Pulled the hooks on a number of fish again but that's par for rough seas. Most of the fish came of the birds. Tom booked his group for next year before heading back to to the west coast of Florida. See you then folks!
Dr Mike fished with me back when I worked on the Challenger over 20 years ago. He brought his family with him and they just wanted a nice day on the water interrupted occasional by fish. Not one to argue with a good plan we caught a few fish throughout the day and got them back to the dock in plenty of time for happy hour. Look forward to fishing with the good doctor again in the near future.
Not a huge fish but he looked big because we haven't seen many big fish this year. I did hear of a few others caught today and yesterday so perhaps they will be showing this month. Caught 32 mahi today, most of them what we would call heavy lifters or gaffers size fish which is really nice quality. Rick and his family learned quickly and did a great job down there in the cockpit helping Dave keep things organized. Rick said they would definitely be back, had a great time and were looking forward to some great mahi dinners.
This is Mary Sue and her husband Steve's fourth trip out with us and every time they are on board we enjoy their company. You can't find anyone more vocally enthusiastic about fishing and catching fish then Mary Sue and Steve so you always know when they are having a good time. We found a bunch of mahi early and caught a dozen, by 10:00 we had our 20 mahi and then made our way back to the reef where we caught a dozen yellowtails. A great day for a fun couple. See you this coming September or October kids!
We do not fish a lot of folks from Maine but today we had the group. It was a little much for some of them and we did shorten the day by and hour to get them back to shore but the quality of fish was really good even if the quantity wasn't great. Not sure why we lost as many fish as we caught today which was frustrating as there was really no reason for it, guess it was just one of those days. Ken and the boys had a good time even with the rough seas and we hope to see the again sometime.
Victor and his wife Ena are some of those folks that get off the boat and say "put us down for next year same Saturday". Today we struggled again early and we only had a dozen fish by noon but persistence paid off, we found a cooperative school and caught another dozen fish before having to head home. Always fun having these folks on board and we will see them again next year.
Just John today as the wind was up and Carol decided that it would be better for her to stay on land. It was a good decision as it got rough once we got to the current. Struggled to start, finding a lot of bird sets but few fish under them. We reached 21 miles and while chasing down a couple birds we had a slammer eat the rigger bait, he never stopped jumping until he finally spit the hook. I've see so few big fish this year it was a real disappointment to all of us. On a positive note 15 minutes later we found a piece of bamboo that held all the fish we needed for the day.
In the afternoon we had Walker onboard (another avid fisherman), once again we caught a big mutton but we followed that one with another one just as big. A little latter we caught two more slightly smaller muttons and I know we missed a least one really big one. We did catch a few yellowtails but they didn't seem to want to play in the afternoon as well as they had in the morning. Joe and his family are headed out to a local restaurant to enjoy the fruits of their labor this evening.
Jack was the fisherman we took out this morning. Mom and dad were there, as were his older brother and sister, but Jack was the guy. The dozen yellowtail snapper were OK but he really wanted something that pulled and this beautiful mutton snapper was just what he wanted. Nicely done Jack!
John and Nancy have us booked for two days this week and they wanted to spend one day on the reef and one out looking for mahi. Today with the cloud cover, I decided that the reef was the best choice and thus we started with the yellowtail snapper. Nice fish , no current so the bite was a little slow but we did OK. Next we tried the little hump and John caught a big amberjack on light tackle. No vermillon marks at all on the bottom although we did try a couple drops. We ended up bouncing the bottom at several locations back toward the reef and caught a couple nice muttons, one king and also missed a bunch. There was a few dead times but generally it was pretty busy most of the day.
Our crew just wanted a variety today and so I stayed shallow and caught a few mahi followed by a trip to the reef where the tails and the sharks bit well. It's the second trip for Josh and Adele and they brought their friends James and Mallory along this time. A good time was had by all and they have already confirmed their next trip in November.
John and Shane were OK looking for mahi in the beginning of the day but they really wanted to catch some snapper to take home with them at some point . The mahi were not as far today as they were yesterday and I overran themby quite a few miles so by I got back to the shallower water I knew I was running out of time and decided to go straight to the reef for the snapper. We caught some really nice yellowtails but then the sharks moved in and we couldn't get one passed them, it was time to move. Caught the balance of our limit, did a little bottom bouncing and went home. John and Shane will be back in September on their wedding anniversary to fish with us again.
After a few challenging days trying to find mahi, today was a easy as it gets. It helped that we only had two people and could only take 20 so once we found them it was over in less than an hour. Casey and Mike brought their luck with them catching two tarpon on the night trip Friday then today catching their limit of mahi and when we went back to the reef they caught their limit of yellowtail snapper on top of that. I think we ruined Mike for life as this was his first fishing experience and now he thinks it's always this easy. Another beautiful day and it looks like the good weather will stay for a while.
Yesterday was really slow for us. We weren't alone in having difficulties finding mahi but that doesn't make it feel any better coming home with just a few fish. Today was much better, we found some fish early and then found a black barrel out at 22 miles which had enough fish on it to make me feel good about returning to the dock. John and his guys were part of a tournament that fishes us every year and although we caught a 12 lb fish I doubt it held up as biggest fish but we will see. Had a great time with the guys and look forward to fishing with them again.
I didn't think we were going to catch a tarpon tonight as the first 3 came off in a hurry but in the last quarter of the last half hour Casey caught his and Mike followed up immediately with a tarpon that was even bigger. They are scheduled for and offshore trip Sunday so we will see if they can retain some of that knowledge they gained tonight catching sharks and tarpon. Looking forward to it!
We didn't get to fish with our folks from One Hope last year for obvious reasons but they did get it set up for this year. We had two Davids, a Jason and a Kingsley on board and they all did great with the high winds and waves they encountered today. There were big schools of small fish that we had to cull thru to put our catch together but we did and ended up with over two dozen mahi once again.
I was concerned for our folks from Iowa this morning as the wind is still with us and has not lessened from yesterday. After a short discussion they decided a half day may be best and we headed to the hump. Once there had a few tuna bites, then the mahi showed up and then a big tuna bit that we pulled the hook on and then more mahi showed and then another 20 lb tuna that we caught and more mahi. It was busy! Some of the mahi we released because they were small but we caught some nice schoolie too. We had a couple of our folks not feeling well but overall they did fine and they had a great experience for a half day with some rough seas.
Floyd was our neighbor for many years and then moved to Tennessee, Joe and Jean are still our good neighbors and longtime friends of Floyd, Kenny and Vicky are friends of Floyd's from Tennessee and they all went fishing today on the KK. It was rough and the fishing wasn't easy but we went the distance and at 24 miles we found a barrel that had a good number of mahi around it. With the ones we caught earlier, the barrel and the school we found after the barrel we ended up with over two dozen fish and long ride home. Great to have our friends on board today and hopefully we will be able to do it again sometime.