Thought I was booked today and thus turned down a charter from a passed client but soon after that I realized I had made a mistake with the booking and fortuitously was able to get Mike back on board for today.
A little rough for Jennifer and Hayden but they didn't get sick and although we shortened up the day we still caught a bunch of mahi. Southwest wind today which made follow the fish (which normally head west) a lot bouncer then normal.
Thanks Mike, you have great timing!
Last day for Bob Sr, Bob and Mike and once again we had a good day with them. Started at the hump catching tunas and from there we headed out to see if there was any weed around and maybe some mahi. The 1st set of birds we came to had a huge school of fish under them and when we were done we had 20 mahi in the boat.
The only thing that didn't work today was dropping for an AJ. After attempting that a few times we headed back to the dock on our short day to clean fish and say our goodbyes to our new friends.
Got to 12 miles today and there was a set of birds that had gaffer, heavy lifters and schoolies under them. We caught over 20 at that spot and went right to the next set that had lots of schoolies with a few legals. An hour or so later we found a tree and caught the remainder of our limit.
Decided to go deep dropping with the time remaining and although it wasn't as good as a couple of days ago, we did catch a couple rose porgies and a really nice snowy grouper.
Grandad Bob, Bob and Mike will be with us again tomorrow for a half day and tomorrow evening for a shark and tarpon trip. See you tomorrow guys.
Since we caught mahi and tuna yesterday we decided to do something different today and although we did find some small mahi on the way to the deep drop spots, we didn't spend a lot of time looking. We did catch tilefish, a 10 lb snowy and a 15 lb yellowedge grouper. From there we headed to a yellowtail snapper spot and finish our day a dozen or so tails.
Been a bit difficult out there recently but today we found some gaffer size fish and schoolies. The black fin tunas were also biting at the Islamorada hump so our guys from Tennessee had tuna and mahi to send home. We have the same guys (Tony, Scott and Terry) tomorrow so we get tol do it all over again.
It wasn't as good as 2 nights ago but we still went 1 for 2 on tarpon and caught several sharks. Ron and his family are from Delaware and had never caught a tarpon or large shark so it was all very exciting for them.
Don't know if it was a factor but with mini lobster season coming up this week the sandbar was packed and there was a lot of boat traffic to contend with.
Karen, Zack and Mike got in on a great bite this evening catching 6 sharks, one of them a hundred pound bull shark and 4 out of 6 tarpon. It took a little while for the tarpon to show and it was only after the tide started to run in that they start to bite. Up to that point we had seen many rolling but didn't get any bites out of them but when they started feeding it was game on.
A great show and we even caught a double header on the 3rd and 4th fish. Awesome!
The boys and their mom are already talking about their next trip on the KK.
Second time Kirk has been out with us but it was Jan's first off shore fishing trip. Jan did great and really enjoyed the excitement of her 1st mahi battle, fish all around the boat, 4 to 5 fish hooked up at one time and everyone trying to keep from getting tangled.
We started with the tuna and found the keeper mahi soon after leaving the hump but after that it was all blue runners or undersized fish. Hopefully the larger fish will start showing again soon.
We found mahi today but not many keepers so we decided to yellowtai fish. It was as good as it gets and in an hour or so we had limited out. It does look like the sharks are back but they didn't get a chance to eat any of our tails.
Jay, Kathy and Mike had a great time and plenty of fish to take home
Today was a long day looking for the mahi. We found everything we should have, debris, turtles, weedlines and sets of birds but very few mahi for most of the day. It wasn't till late in the day that we started to find schools and we managed to put together a decent catch in the last couple hours.
Nancy's crew was very patient and happy that we were able to finally put it together.
The mahi fishing has been really good this year but as happens every year we have periods during the summer when the mahi are not as easy to catch. We seem to be going through one of those time right now.
We found lot of fish today and yesterday but it is extremely difficult to get them to eat anything including live bait. We did entice 15 or so to eat and ended up with an OK catch for Ryan and Danielle (who had a great time) but it was not easy.
Evan was a big help today also and we look forward to having him out again as 2nd mate.
We got to fish with other great family today. I wasn't sure that we were going to make the whole day when one got sick before we got to the Islamorada hump but she rallied once we started catching tuna and from then on everyone was great.
Joe said he would like to catch a big mahi and 20 minutes after he said it we found the 34 pounder. Chelsea, Abby and Chloe did great, following instructions, keeping out of tangles and making Dave job a lot easier.
Hope to see Joe and his girls again in October!
Still a lot of small fish out there but we are starting to find schools of really nice 7 to 10 lb fish. My folks today were all new to off shore fishing and just interested in catching some mahi, not eating any. We caught 20 to 30, released most of them before heading back to the dock to get our folks on solid ground once again.
Gentleman in picture is a stand in, the charter had already left before I was able to get pictures with them....
When we started today there was rain but not much wind, a few hours later there was wind and no rain, finally toward the end of our day there was low wind and no rain..... crazy!
Adam was our only angler as his girlfriend had taken seasick medicine and slept most of the day so Dave and Adam had to work hard to keep the fish behind the boat where we could catch them. We ended up catching our limit of mahi and a few tunas and had some nice gaffers in the mix.
The rain and wind made it difficult today so I hope we are done with that for a few days.
What a great time we had with Steve and his family. Chase is coming along and in another year he will be as good an angler as his sister Ali.
We caught 25, seeing a lot of small fish and having to weed through them to find the keepers. On the way home the birds led us to a piece of debris that had some gaffer size fish on it and we caught 4 or 5 of them to add some size to our catch.
See you guys in December Steve.
Last time Justin was on the boat we caught a 56 lb mahi. This time our biggest one was 16 lbs, not a bad fish but not up to Justin's usual standard. Chris and the rest of the gang are really fun to fish with and we look forward to fishing with them each year ( sometimes more then once a year).
We caught over 30 fish and although we saw a lot of small fish, we once again managed to put together a good catch.
See you guys again soon!
Once again we had to look through a lot of schools of fish to find decent ones but we were able to put together a good catch on our shortened day. The big fish was 24 lbs and we had him on on right rod today, which allowed me to breathe a little easier during the fight.
Seth was our lone angler today, although there were 3 more on board the rest were not feeling up to the challenge of standing up and catching fish.
We had a really nice day with David and his family. Kia gave moral support to his dad and mom, Hilary all day long. We also caught a bunch of gaffer and heavy lifter size fish along with schoolie mahi. The big one weighed in at 36 lbs and David caught him on one of the lighter rods. It ended up being over a half hour battle and I was relieved when Dave finally put the gaff in him.
yesterday was all small fish, today we found some big ones and there were more nice schoolies around. Cory brought his son and lovely wife with him today and they did a great job on the big and small fish. Just a 3/4 today but they had plenty to take back to Atlanta and Cole is going to learn what a great eating fish mahi is.
Yesterday was a short half and a we caught a few muttons and yellowtail. Today was a short 3/4 and we caught a bakers dozen of mahi.
Jessica and Mat tried hard but didn't have the stomach to stay out there (although I think Mom and Andrew were worse off). Saw a lot of fish but there was a lot of undersized mahi today. Hopefully, tomorrow the nice ones will be back.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures