We don't usually see a lot of bull sharks in th e channel in the summer months, today was an exception. Set up for the tarpon bit when the 1st bull bit we were fortunate to stop him on 80 lb mono leader, not so fortunate when the 125 lb bull sharks kept eating our tarpon baits, screaming drags with almost no hope of slowing them down let alone stopping them. We still had a great time and for Jack and his grandfather Sam it was their introduction to whale harbor channel fishing and keys fishing in general. Pretty Crazy!
Our Norwegian friends probably were not sure want to expect on their half day charter as it was their 1st time to the keys and for a couple, their fish fishing experience. It doesn't get much easier then it was today as we caught our forty snapper and two big bull sharks. Our folks are going to have some tales to tell when they get back home.
Jake and his family wanted some mahi and tuna and I was a little hesitant to agree as they could only do a 3/4 day. I shouldn't have worried as we ended up with a dozen nice mah, a half dozen tunas and some really happy folks. The rain was pretty intense this morning as we came off the reef but no one in our group was too concerned and once we got through the rain the skies started to clear.
Went 2 for 3 on the tarpon last evening with Kristen and her friends and her boys. We also caught 6 sharks while waiting for the tarpon bites and got entertained by all the jet skiers passing in whale harbor. channel
After catching some mahi out in the deep Jeff was hoping to feel better in the calmer water back on the reef so in we went. It all worked out as we caught some nice mangroves and Jake got to catch this big bull shark as an added bonus.
Today we didn't find any packs of those nice fat schoolies that we have been catching but we caught 20 and BJ said that was enough for them and could we catch some snapper. The mangroves were biting better then the yellowtails, so we caught a dozen of them and headed for the marina.
Yesterday the mahi fishing was difficult so when Margaret and her family told me they really wanted mahi, I was a little apprehensive about how the day would go. I shouldn't have worried as we caught a couple tuna to start and then found a bamboo log with some really nice fish and by mid morning we had a dozen fish. It even got easier then that as I followed a weed line and found a lot more mahi, some small but some nice ones too. We ended up with two dozen fish and some really happy folks on a short day.
We caught one tarpon tonight and we missed a few others (as I missed this tarpon jump) and Jack and Nate had another great trip on the KK to talk and relive as they head back to NJ on Thursday. Really enjoyed spending time with Jack and his sons and we look forward to fishing with them again in the future.
They wanted to stay on the reef today and it was a good choice as the wind came up and the seas got rough for a good part of the day. It didn't stop the fish from biting though as we caught our limit of snapper, three tunas, two very large bull sharks and assorted other species. Dad and his boys could not be happier with their two days on the KK and all we need now is a couple tarpon tomorrow night to complete the package.
Michael looks at the bull shark he caught while his brother Robert look on in amazement today as we hooked up another one. We caught the yellowtail well earlier in the day after returning from the hump with some tunas and with the boys looking for something large to brag about when they returned to Oklahoma City, this 200 lb bull fit the ticket nicely.
Bev had the rod when the tarpon bit and he handed it off to Rubin for him to catch. Half an hour later and some heart stopping close calls with boat traffic Rubin was able to get his 1st tarpon up next to the boat for the official catch. His brother Toby was cheering him on the whole time reminding him that just because Rubin's tarpon was bigger than any Toby had caught it was OK because it is numbers not size that is important. What a great family that we have been fortunate to get to know and fish with. They go back to the UK on Monday and will return next year to fish again.
With the mahi out 18 miles it was find them quick once you are there or you may not find them at all on a short day. We did find some but it was a long way out and back with not much in between. Jack, Jack Jr and Nate did a good job on the ones we did find and we look forward to fishing with them again on Monday for their next charter.
Mike called me a few days ago and wanted and off shore trip, the only day I had available was todat and I already had the morning booked so I told him we could do a 3/4 but no promises because I really don't like doing mahi trips on short days. It took us a little while and some serious searching but we did limit out with Mike, his oldest son Mike and his other son Aden.
We were able to catch some yellowtails this morning but once again the sharks were getting quite a few so with our college football player showing an interest we hooked one up for him to catch. Caught that one and after moving a couple time Jake decided he wanted another go so we hooked up another 200 lb bull shark. Plenty of yellowtail for dinner and good shark stories made for a great morning half.
We got the thumbs up from the kids after a day of mahi fishing. Last year we had the biggest fish I've caught in a while caught by this group but it was very rough that day, today was another in a long run of beautiful weather days and I think everyone on board would rather have this type of weather. Thanks again to Brian and Justin for returning and we look forward to many more years of fishing with them and their kids.
Bev, Rubin and Toby fish a late 3/4 today and once again their luck held. We started yellowtailing but the current had died off and the shark took advantage, we only got one passed them. The deep woods was better to us and we caught a couple tunas and over 20 mahi before heading home.
We had a good catch of yellowtail snapper today but the highlight for Rolando and his relatives was the 200 lb bull shark that we caught while yellowtailing. Rolando's brother-in-law and his son are from Chile and they were very excited to catch a large shark like this bull shark.
Bev caught this bull shark this evening for our second bbull shark catch of the day and Toby caught another tarpon to add to his total tarpon catch, unfortunately Rubin"s turn was another really large tarpon that we did not get. Rubin is going to have to wait till next year to catch that tarpon.
Max just wanted to catch a large shark and with the problems we have had with them at the yellowtail snapper spots it seemed like that was the place to look for one. Now of course we never saw a shark at the 1st spot and as time was getting short I picked up and moved to another location where we have seen a lot of sharks also. Just prior to having to call it on our half day trip we got the big bite and after a good battle, Max claimed victory and the shark got to return to the depths were he will eat more of our snapper tomorrow.
Bev, Rubin and Toby always seem to pick the best days to fish and today was no exception as we found a couple pieces of debris with fish on them and a migrating school of gaffers that put us at our limit. We fish another evening trip with them tomorrow and it's Rubin's last chance to catch a tarpon this year and get even with Toby. We'll see!
Bev, Rubin, Toby and Paula have returned to fish with us once again. We did an evening trip a few days ago and caught plenty of sharks but no tarpon, last night we caught two, Toby caught the first one and Bev caught the second. We had 4 or 5 more on, almost all were big fish and they never gave Rubin much of a chance as the jumped off quickly. Tomorrow we go off shore with them and later in the week we have another evening and offshore trip. Just a great family that we look forward to being with every summer.
Al and John wanted to try deep dropping today and I think we spoiled them in the grouper department for the future. This 31 lb yellow edge grouper is the biggest that I can remember ever catching on the KK and what a beautiful fish and so good eating. We stared with the yellowtail and after limiting on those, we went out and caught some tilefish, porgies and a snowy grouper along with this big boy.
Still a little tough out there, at least in the morning but it got much better as the day progressed and we ended up in pretty good shape at the end of the day. Al, John, Eric and his son were patience and at least Al and john will be back tomorrow forsome bottom fishing.
A bad offshore experience by one of our folks in Hawaii kept us in on the reef today and we made the best of it. The sharks harassed us but we still caught 30 yellowtails and the deep dropping only worked at one spot but we caught 10 beautiful vermillon snapper and the bottom bouncing wasn't on fire but we caught muttons, kings and almaccos so over all a very successful day. Morgan and Jacob were fun and into it which always makes for a good day.