I've known Jason for about ten years now after meeting him and fishing on another boat together. This year, I had the pleasure of meeting his oldest son Riley. Just as it was ten years ago, we had a great time catching the yellowtail snappers and mahi. I do have to say that Riley caught the most fish that day. After talking to him, it sounds like that's what usually happens when he and his Father go fishing.
I'm very fortunate to be able to spend many days on the beautiful ocean with great people. I have to say that David and Patricia are all that. We fished several days together over the last couple of weeks and caught a lot of fish. We have also experienced the slow times as well. One thing for sure, we had a great time no matter how the bite was. That is what is important. I'm going to miss those two, but it won't be long before we are sharing some laughs on the water again.
Manny brought his niece and nephew to Islamorada to catch some fish. We started on the reef yellowtailing and caught our limiting a short period of time. The snapper bite was good with a minor predator problem .We did lose some fish to sharks. However, after yellow tailing we set course for some Mahi. We found a large piece of debris in about six hundred feet of water. that's where we found our mahi. We caught over a dozen fish and released a couple that were undersize. It was a productive day and I can't wait to fish with this family again. they are very good anglers.
When the mahi bite slows, we usually target other species of fish. On this June 14 day we fished the reef and caught our limit of yellowtail snapper. Then we went to a wreck and caught these nice almaco jack and mutton snapper. I have to say , Steve fishes with us every year and brings a couple friends along, and thy wore out the fish, Nice work!
We shared another awesome day with Trish , Dave, Ashley, William and Andrew. They wanted to split the day up so we could try and do some reef fishing also. The Mahi didn't cooperate as well as I would have liked in the morning. We did manage to get a couple. Then the reef was great. We limited out with the Yellowtail snapper. We also had a grouper almost to the boat before a shark ate it. Then caught a few Sharks. There are a few full grown Lemon sharks on the reef now. We all had fun and our friends took some whole Yellowtail to Lazy Days to have them prepare it.
Today we started our course offshore for another epic adventure of mahi fishing. The plan was to end the trip with a little yellowtail snapper fishing. As we all know how plans can change. We got out to the 700 foot area and caught a couple undersized fish , and some bad weather approached us which called for decision making. I spoke with the crew and we decided to avoid the bad weather and fish the reef. The snappers bit very well and we caught our limit. The crew took some of the catch to Bayside Gourmet in Islamorada to be cooked and absolutely loved it.
There are several mahi tournaments going on this weekend. So that means the ocean here has a lotof traffic. Even more so with the calm weather we are experiencing. The GAF crew on board the Kay K worked hard as a team to put this rack of fish together. Its also helpful that the fish are cooperating. Nice work guys ,see you again next year!
We just completed another two day tournament. We fish this group every year and no matter what the fishing is like , we target having a fun time. On Thursday, we spent most of the day searching for mahi and came up short ,only catching a handful of fish. These guys know how fishing can be and are grateful to be in the Keys on the ocean and not at work.
The very next day , same tournament, different group. We stayed a little shallow than the day before and were able to find several mahi under birds. Not so much weed and debris. There are definitely fish out there and I'm hoping it keeps getting better as this full mooniest into its next phase.
This is Captain Dave keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures