It started special and continued for most of the day for our clients from near State College Pennsylvania.
At the bait patch, the porpoises showed up as we were anchoring. As we were leaving the patch a manta ray showed up, circling the boat (in 27 years I've only seen a few and never that shallow ). Next we headed out to look for mahi and after stopping on some birds, Dave ( my mate ) threw a live cigar minnow out on a light rod. It got eaten not by a mahi but a 225 pound blue marlin!!
Over the next 2 hours there were 2 times we had the fish close enough to declare it officially caught but In the end the marlin starting jumping again but this time got his tale on our 20 lb mainline to end the fight.
What a day! We also caught 15 nice fat mahi to finish out our special day.
no pictures since I left my phone at home but we had a big night with the sharks. The tarpon won tonight as another big one was unstoppable and went through the bridge. The small one we hooked, threw the hook on the second jump.
Some days the fish win.
The wind came back to the south for a while today and the mahi fishing improved over what it's been. Caught a dozen fish and pulled the hook on a 30 pounder, (which hurt ).. There were definitely more fish being caught today overall then there has been. Hope it's a trend.
Melissa and Steve returned for a second go after catching a large wahoo with me last year . Came dangerously close to catching a big mahi to go with the wahoo.
maybe next year.
Up until we found a pack of nice mahi on a turtle the wahoo was the best thing we saw today.
unfortunately the 30 pounder got out raced to the baits by the gaffers and then disappeared before we got another chance at him. We ended up with some nice fish and thoughts of what could have been.
Jake caught the wahoo and did it on mono.
Great group from Sarasota and we will see them again next year.
Steve said today that they had fished with me for 10 years. Fortunately I have had a lot of awesome catches with them over the years. Today wasn't one of those days but we still had more mahi then 90% of the boats out of the marina. Needless to say it was slow for everyone.
Tomorrow's a half and I will be yellowtailing.
A yellow day for Phil and his family. Ended the morning with around 40 yellowtail snapper and a few big bites that got away. A good time was had by all.
John, Linda, Beth and Madeline from Savanna, Georgia caught 40 schoolie and heavy lifters today on the KK.
We had to go 21 miles but it was worth the ride. A few tangles but they got their lines straighten out and we didn't brake a single fish off.
Another group planning their next trip on the K K IV.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures