This is a poor picture (I will admit) because those two fish in the middle weighed 25 lbs each and were the big fish in the 5 boat tournament out of whale harbor today. These two also ran off the 20 schoolies we had behind the boat but we caught them so I guess is was a fair trade.
Mom caught the biggest mahi but dad had the big one on. We didn't get to spend a whole lot of time out there today, between the rain, current and wind it was a little more than a couple of my folks wanted so we came back early. There was more then enough for dinner (6 mahi) and all are looking forward to another trip when the conditions are better.
Limited out on mahi today and from what I heard on the radio it sounded like most of the other boats were also doing well. I hope they are finally here to stay because it has not been a very good year for mahi fishing. John and his wife Megan had a ton of fish to take back to Atlanta along with some great memories and John tells me that after he shows off the pictures of this day his buds will be planning their trips too.
Joe wanted to catch something big so when a 300 lb bull shark started eating the yellowtail we were catching, Dave put one down for him. Over a hour later we were able to get the shark close enough for some pictures. It was a team effort with even mom taking a turn on the rod. We caught 3 muttons after catching a dozen or so yellowtails and mom caught a barracuda that was also making a meal out of our yellowtais. All in all a pretty exciting day for our group.
Over 30 yellowtail, a mutton and a mangrove snapper made up our day today. There were a couple wahoos caught but the bite was over by the time we were done with our yellowtail. Jay and his crew were quick studies and picked up the yellowtail technique fast. See you next time Guys
First bite was again a tarpon but this time the tarpon won after 20 minutes by jumping and landing on the leader. We caught 4 or 5 sharks and had a couple more tarpon runoffs but that was the only tarpon we really had hooked up.
First bite, first fish and it's a Tarpon! We spoiled Tran forever by having him catch a 80 pound tarpon as the very first fish he ever caught in his life. Jamie and his family had heard about our evening trip from his friend Bev who also is from the UK and they went out with us last night. Jamie caught a shark as did Rummy, and Guy was happy just catching mangrove snapper. Another good evening with great people.
We waited. We waited for the wind to slow down and the rain to pass and finally decided to go when the weather looked better. What a great crew, Nancy, Rick, Mike and the rest have fish on the KK before and it's always a pleasure to have them on board. We found a lot of fish that would not eat and lost a few we had hooked up but over all a good day even with the occasional driving rain storm. Looking forward to the next time guys. Thanks!
Did not get a picture of the tarpon that ran us thru the bridge tonight because we could not stop him on 50 lb power pro with the drag almost locked down. Impressive! We did catch a few sharks but the tarpon was the highlight of the evening even though we didn't get him stopped.
Mat bailed but his wife Ardeth and friends Tiffany, Theodore and Kneko went out with us for a couple hours in fairly rough seas. Only one casualty occurred but he quickly recovered on return and everyone had a delicious yellowtail snapper lunch with plenty left over for more meals.
Never did get a true count but it was more then ten sharks that we caught this evening. One tarpon bite at the very end of the evening but never got the hooks into him. Nick and Heather from Kentucky were are guests and since Heather didn't fish , it was all up to Nick and we kept him busy. The wind is still blowing so we will see how are folks do tomorrow in the high seas.
The last few days we have fish have been in rough seas and consequently they have been shorter than normal. Yesterday we couldn't get away from the trash fish and struggled to put a catch together. Today it was game on, catching 30 yellowtails in less then an hour and we only stopped because dad mike was afraid child services would be sending a boat out after hearing the distress cries from our 3 seasick youngsters. Everyone was back to normal as soon as we got back to the dock but i don't think the punishment for the dads reluctance to stop fishing and return to land is quite over yet. Might be just Dave and I going out tomorrow if this wind doesn't let up.
Doug and his sons all got to have a go at catching tarpon last evening but the tarpon had other ideas. Two were over 100 lbs and although we had them on the right gear they still managed to get to the bridge and break us off. The other 2 we just jumped off but we did catch 5 sharks and Doug and his boys get to try it again this evening.
The weather has not been very nice to us recently. Had to bring mom back from the bait patch and not soon after sitting down to yellowtail, one of the boys got sick so although they stuck it out for awhile dad finally called it. We did catch 20 tails so it wasn't a total loss and almost everyone had a good time.
We started at the tarpon hole today on our afternoon half but the chubs were out of control and when there 300 of them behind the boat it's impossible to get to the tails, so we moved on. The next spot didn't have the nicer size tails but there were also no chubs. Chris, Allison and Stephen caught 25 or so and while looking for the muttons in deeper water we caught a yelloweye snapper, sharks and assorted other stuff.
Jonathon and his daughter Dee picked a good afternoon to go fishing today. We caught a bunch of yellowtail to start and then got run out of that spot when the Bermuda chubs took over so I decided to go look for some mutton snapper. I think we found them! For two people that had never fished before these two did a great job. Thanks Jon and Dee, see you next year.
Halley and Kenzie did ok for a while but they finally threw in the towel and we had to come home a little early today. We caught 20 yellowtail and a few parrot fish. We saw sharks, turtles and barracudas so it was a busy morning even though a little shorter then usual. They are talking about doing an evening trip this Thursday in the channel where no one gets seasick.
The Russian weren't smiling earlier in the day and we ended up shorting our day by quite a bit. It may have been all the alcohol or perhaps the lack of sleep due to partying that did them in, but they sure were glad to get back on dry land.
Will, Chris and their dad David caught a bunch of mahi today with us but we could only keep a dozen as there were a lot of small fish. It was the 1st time the boys had ocean fished and commented that even the small mahi were bigger then any of the freshwater fish they have ever caught. Plenty of fish for dinner and to ship home and dad was the only one that had a bout with seasickness. Smile boys.
What a great family. Jason, Jenny, Alex and Anna did a half day with us today and limited out on the yellowtail snapper. Anna caught the four biggest but Alex caught the most and he rooted his twin sister on the whole time she was catching fish. We had a shark problem for a while but even that was exciting, watching 300 lb sharks chasie our yellowtail to the boat and catching a few too many. Nice day, good people and plenty of fish, it doesn't get any better!
Anthony and Wendy have fished with the KK for a number of years now and we always have a good time with them. We were a little late getting home because Wendy said we couldn't go home until we caught a triple tail. Fortunately I found a board that had a nice one on it and after catching a few more mahi we put the triple tail in the boat and headed for home. Looks like the mahi fishing is picking up. I sure hope so.
Today my clients, Brian and Christine let me make all the decisions ( my turn Steve) . We got out to 13 miles and found our first school but they were mostly small but at 18 miles we found a really nice school of lifters, gaffers and one big one around 20 pounds. Not much else happened until we caught a gaffer while working our way back home. A 2016 crush.
Yesterday Steve's fishing plan worked pretty well, today his plan went slightly awry. His good buddy Jon couldn't find his truck keys so they arrived late without Jon. Jon found his keys and someone to bring him out 15 miles to us and we were able to get him on board without him going for a swim. While waiting Jon's arrival we were able to find some mahi and after we got Jon on board we did catch a dozen blackfins or so. I felt fortunate that everything works out ok and we all got back to the dock safely and that we even caught fish. ( thanks Jon for remembering my bucket)
I love it when my clients come on the boat with a plan, it relieves me of a lot of pressure and decision making. Steve had the plan to catch mahi and tuna and he was spot on. We caught mahi in the shallow water (500 to 600ft) and then went to the 409 and caught some nice size feather tuna. He has a new plan for me tomorrow and I hope it works as well as his plan did today.